Nuclear energy consultant speaks at CFCC

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Submitted: Wed, 10/23/2013 - 3:38am
Updated: Wed, 10/23/2013 - 12:19pm

WILMINGTON, NC, (WWAY) — A special guest spoke to Cape Fear Community College Students about nuclear energy. Margaret Harding has been in the industry for thirty years. She’s now a consultant in the field and a professor for engineering at Iowa State University.

She was called upon by NBC, FOX, CNN and the New York Times in the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Harding says the tragedy helps us prepare for the future.

“The industry looks at these kinds of things and says, what can we do to make sure a similar event doesn’t happen?” Harding asked. “What could happen at our facilities? We’re looking at how the Japanese responded to the event, and saying how could we have done better?”

Harding says the recent reported violations at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant helps improve the Plant’s practices and that no one should be worried.

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  • Larry Butler says:

    Watch the NHK special about the “truth” of what happened at Fukushima on:
    Pay particular attention to the middle of the video talking about the safety valves and their stupid designs. “SR valves” are operated by nitrogen pressure, which FUKU found out was not enough pressure to overcome the very high internal pressure of the meltdown containment structure and the air powered AO direct venting valve that has no manual override when the air pressure through non-special pipes fails and cannot be opened manually.

    A small electric valve opens the nitrogen pressure to force the SR valves open…UNLESS there’s too much pressure inside the containment. The little valve works on 12VDC, even from a car battery in FUKU. BUT, the SR valve to relieve the pressure WON’T OPEN UNDER EXTREME CONTAINMENT PRESSURE?? How utterly STUPID!

    Have these valves been replaced so this can’t happen in Southport? I’m betting NOT. WWAY, please get them to show us all the new valves.

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