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    AFAIK - The 'waste' we dump from normal reactors now is non-fizzle(U235, U238, U241 and U242). Breader reactors introduce other isotopes to increase the reaction and produce more electricity. As a side product, the other isotopes produce weapons grade material(U239). As a consequence, breader reactors can use the same material for reactions.

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    The nukepills site is still being advertised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glom
    The nukepills site is still being advertised.
    According to that site there's seven nuclear plants in my state.
    More than any other state.

    Just to add something stupid...

    If we are to build more nuclear plants they need to be standardized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahb
    Quote Originally Posted by Glom
    The nukepills site is still being advertised.
    According to that site there's seven nuclear plants in my state.
    More than any other state.

    Just to add something stupid...

    If we are to build more nuclear plants they need to be standardized.
    Hmm, are those the iodine pills?

    We are to a pretty good extent. When built the NRC said each plant shall have X, Y, and Z systems and have to withstand this and that, and it's up to the companies to design said systems. They approve everything from site location to final design. Major changes, esp to the reactor protection systems have to go through them before they can be implemented. They keep resident inspectors at each plant all the time.
    If you're talking about a single blueprint design, well, you've got multiple companies (GE, Westinghouse, etc), multiple types of reactors (PWRs, BWRs, ABWR, and multiple generations of said types). You can't just say all nuke plants will be built according to this one and only blueprint. Way too many factors come into play such as river temperature, how much electricity are you going to generate, is it on the coast and will have to survive hurricanes or in the prairie and have to face tornadoes, etc.
    And then afterwards when you start changing things or things break and you fix them. Sources of parts change, TVA is a quasi-federal agency and is required to do the government low bid thing, Southern Co. is private so they can sole-source their suppliers.

    However, if you mean general standards, yeah they there already, about as many general standards as there are car designs but they all have the same safety features (dependant on their type as a PWR requires diferent safety features than a BWR).

    Hmm, here's some light reading :^o about TVA's Browns Ferry Operating License Renewal.

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    Speaking of disasters, a swedish agency recently evaluated the effect of a plane crashing into one of our plants. According to their evaluation, an accidental crash is no problem, while an intentional suicide attack might possibly release some radioactivity. But the total effect would probably be less than the Three Mile Island incident, and, well, that one's gathered more fame than the danger merited.

    Those plants are strong! There's a meter of reinforced concrete around the reactor building, and the tank itself is 20 cm of steel. Sadly, the government is resolved to dismantle them as they become unprofitable. So basically, our plants are aging, and no new ones will be built.

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