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Comment: Re:Propoganda (Score 1) 219

by pallen (#1501607) Attached to: Chernobyl Reactor Restarted, Claimed Safe for Y2K
I used to think the same, and I still do about Western plants, (I also have toured a few) but I have also heard horror stories about the Russian ones. One of the worst things is that the ?boron/graphite? rods that are used to stop the reaction go in from the top up in western reactors, so the holes they put them in are quite big. In the Chernobyl reactors, the rods go in from the bottom up, so the holes are small. This means that when the reactor overheats, they won't go in...
Also, western reactors have boron ball-bearings that can be squirted in as a last resort. The Chernobyl reactors don't have anything.

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