Thursday, June 30, 2011
Just fifteen miles from my home is the Crystal River Nuclear Plant. In 2009 in the process of removing aged steam generators, cracks were discovered in the concrete containment walls. Expensive repairs have been continuing and the plant has not been producing nuclear energy since that time. The steam you see rising is from the fossil fuel portion of the Crystal River Energy Complex.
Ironically, manatees flock to the waters surrounding power plants to stay warm during unusually cold winter months. The view of the power plant is a photo I took from a local fishing pier on the gulf. With the ongoing disaster at the nuclear plant in Japan, I look at the plant near my home with even more trepidation than I did in the past.
I suspect nuclear plants all around the world are checking systems in more detail to make them as safe as they possibly can, but with the unpredictability of mother nature, how safe are they. I can't help but wonder how long concrete exposed to the rigors of nature is expected to last in the case of a disaster.
Now the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory in New Mexico is threatened with fire and officials are monitoring the air for radiation. Earlier this month floods threatened a Nebraska nuclear plant. I made the container the other day, it looks a bit like a cooling tower. So much to ponder in the world today. Tomorrow is the first day of the month, don't forget to say Rabbit, Rabbit first thing in the morning.