Originally Posted by benben84
People have to realize that the problem reactors are the old ones that are severely outdated and should not be allowed to run in the first place. They should be shutdown and upgraded to the new standards but spending that kind of money just doesn't happen for safety's sake.
I really hope that this can be solved and cleaned up without further issues. The entire world is at stake here and Japan should have done this 2 year ago.
This is the biggest issue. The problem with fixing this issue is, it's expensive. You don't just go in and slap new reactor parts in, are you insane? (directed to anyone who's like "just upgrade") You have an old core, which needs to be taken care of CAREFULLY. Where does that go? How do you dismantle the radioactive parts to the core? You use a robot? Where's that robot come from and where is it stored after? Where do you store an entire reactor? Can you use the same cooling towers?
Ugh, designs change so much after a reactor is built, things need to be overhauled. So instead of spending a crap ton of money for something that's going to change again in 10 years, just run it if it's good. It was a shame Fukushima had this happen, it gives nuclear energy a really bad rep. Where I live, midwest baby, it isn't really a scare. What, winds? Tornado? We don't have earth quakes, we can put stuff underground and forget it. Our backup stuff can be entirely out of sight and out of mind. If something happens, there's a crazy small (if any really) chance we would be in trouble. Not to mention, there is no ocean near buy yadda yadda.
Most nuclear sites are extremely good and hopefully next time they can design a plan that is both earth quake and water proof. Which should have been done, yes, just doesn't mean every reactor is this dangerous. It would take a lot for one to go down here, considering it's all flat land with no faults and tornadoes (round here) aren't the biggest thing we worry about really. I'm sure the place is made strong enough to survive 100+MPH winds given that's a usual. So with that, I bid adieu.