Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear joins Thom Hartmann.
California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant was unexpectedly shut down after radioactive water was discovered leaking out of the plant’s Unit 3 reactor [resulting in the release of radioactive vapor into the air]. And inspection of the Unit 2 reactor showed unusual accelerated wear in a large percent of the steam generator tubes.
Kevin Kamps said with a cascade of two ruptures in the steam generator, you could have a loss of coolant accident in the core which could lead to a meltdown, which could lead to a China Syndrome, burn through containment, and a catastrophic radioactivity release.
Key replacement parts, including steam generators, have been a problem at other nuclear power plants in the country — yet the Nuclear Regulator Commission approves plants going back on-line with defects. But wait – there’s more…