Are nuclear plants threatened by deficient dams?
March 8, 2012
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is asking the nation's nuclear power plants to re-examine whether upstream dam failures along rivers could put them at risk. Power plants of all types are routinely found near rivers, since they usually require large volumes of water as part of the steam-turbine process
of power generation. (It's said to account for 90% of all power generation in the US
.) The proximity to rivers means that the risk of flooding must be accounted-for. After last year's epic flooding along the Missouri River made trouble for Nebraska's two nuclear power plants, it seems like a good time to ask. Lingering concerns over last year's nuclear accident at Fukushima also have the regulators' attention