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"Preparing for the Big One!"

3 years 5 months 23 hours ago April 26, 2013 Apr 26, 2013 Friday, April 26 2013 April 26, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Two things that can't be denied to a nuclear reactor are power and water. Electric Light and Power reports that the 9.0 earthquake at the Fukushima plant in Japan, causing three meltdowns in 2011, was a game changer. Last month the Nuclear Regulatory Commission charged that the Tennessee Valley Authority failed to adequately protect the Sequoyah and Watts Bar nuclear plants from the potential for failure of earthen dams upstream. Officials contend that a monster flood could potentially cover electrical connections and pumps, preventing the cooling of reactors. Even though the NRC cited TVA with six violations, measures have been implemented to protect the plants against dam failure in the event of a possible "maximum flood." In 2010, Nashville was inundated with a record flooding that precipitated the investigation.



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