I am a huge fan of Nuclear Power, however, I sometimes wonder if all the irrational fear of Nuclear Power was Good for the industry? I kinda think all the negative attention and scare tactics and stuff made the nuclear industry have to go over and above to continue proving, without doubt, that they were safe..
Very true, I live near the Ginna Nuclear plant (and my dad was head of maintenance systems there) when they had an accident in 1982 with a ruptured line near the reactor that released minute traces of radiation in the area. In the next years following they spent over 100 million dollars in planning and upgrades, an epic steam generator replacement, and constructed a full replica of the control room for training that is reguarded as a top facility in the country. The media went nuts over this accident (that released less than 3 millirems in the highest concentrated area) and they responded by improving, and making a plant that once wasent expected to run past y2k, into 2029, and beyond if the upgrade and improvements continue at this pace.
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