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Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel To Visit Indian Point May 8

The board will visit the plan to see all areas of the facility that are the focus of contentions admitted into the re-licensing proceeding.

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) will be examining physical configuration and key components when it visits the plant on May 8 to view areas they believe might be relevant to the admitted contentions into the approaching re-licensing proceedings. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a statement of notice explaining the purpose of the board’s planned visit to the Buchanan nuclear power plant and a planned tele-conference with all involved parties in April.

The notice stated:

The purpose of this site visit is to gain an appreciation for the physical configuration of the key plant components and to focus on specific elements discussed in the contentions that are external to the reactors at Indian Point. To meet these goals, the Board wishes to observe the following during the site visit and expects to discuss them during the teleconference:

1.            An overall external layout of the plant to discern the relative locations of the following:

  • a.            Reactor buildings
  • b.            Diesel generator building(s)
  • c.            Condensate storage tank(s)
  • d.            Spent fuel pool building(s) including (if accessible) observations of the spent fuel pools themselves
  • e.            Independent spent fuel storage installations (ISFSIs)
  • f.            Intake and outflow structures;

2.            A general location of safety-related buried pipes and tanks external to plant buildings;

3.            A sample of external access vaults for viewing non-environmentally qualified inaccessible cables;

4.            External vault/pit, surface water, and groundwater monitoring locations;

5.            A topographic pathway from the spent fuel pools to the Hudson River;

6.            External transformers important for plant safety; and

7.            Exterior views of presently operational Indian Point Unit 1 facilities.

The ASLB Board also encouraged calll participants to suggest any additional features at IPEC that might be relevant to the admitted contentions in this proceeding.

dierdre sabastian May 05, 2012 at 06:00 PM
The bottom line is that as long as human beings continue to over-populate a finite planet Earth, there will always be an increasing demand for energy, --and it is a basic law of physics that energy is neither created nor destroyed, it merely changes from one form to another. Therefore,there is a limitation as to how much energy there is on Earth and therefore there is a limit as to how many people there can be on Earth! Solar and wind are not magical solutions-they require energy for manufacturing which doesn't get supplied in increasing amounts due to the laws of physics. So, ignore what the ignorant, non-scientific, greedy corporations and developers say.
Teleman May 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Your analysis is poor- there is no limitation on how much energy there is available on Earth- if earth were a totally isolated body sealed off from the rest of the universe maybe that would ting true, but it's not. Let's also not discount the possibility of obtaining materials and energy sources from other planets when the technology reaches that point.
Bjorn Olsson May 05, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The earth also receives new fresh energy every day from that big lightbulb in the sky, which provides about 20,000 times more energy every day than humans consume. Most of the energy we use today is also solar. The sun moves the air for wind and wave power, lifts water into the Hoover Dam, supplies photosynthetic energy to plants, which becomes firewood, coal and oil. About the only energy technology I can think of that seems to not depend on the sun in any direct sense would be nuclear... Well, geothermal too, probably.
Lawrence Malcovich May 07, 2012 at 09:04 PM
That's seeing it a way I never thought of. Bravo Bjorn! Don't forget the moon. It's very pretty too.
Sue Peck May 08, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I hope the NRC stands up for common-sense,basic science and the voice of the people! ......wake-up the guard!

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