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Am I going crazy/Strange Concerns... (Prepping)

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I have a Nook.

You bought a Betamax back in the day, too I bet.

Kindle app is free on most smartphones/tablets.

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For anyone questioning these replies, I used to work in the nuke biz.

It is the GE site. It shows on the map because fuel rods are manufactured there. Also, service tools that come back from service jobs are worked on there, and they are HOT. They have to be worked on in special areas while wearing PPE.

Pretty sure the markers are for sites and not units.

Correct. NRC won't let anything happen to us.

For your information the reactors at Fukushima were GE boiling water reactors of the exact same design and generation as the 2 located in Southport - not a damn bit of difference - they even store the spent fuel rods in pools of water that must constantly be cooled with pumped water just like the ones in Fukushima. There are others located throughout the US as well - if my memory is correct there are about a dozen others currently operating in this country.

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For your information the reactors at Fukushima were GE boiling water reactors of the exact same design and generation as the 2 located in Southport - not a damn bit of difference - they even store the spent fuel rods in pools of water that must constantly be cooled with pumped water just like the ones in Fukushima. There are others located throughout the US as well - if my memory is correct there are about a dozen others currently operating in this country.

You are correct that Fukushima has GE BWR designs. They aren't exactly like Southport though. The NRC governs Southport, and as a GE contractor for 7+ years I saw that place shut down for 2 months at a time to repair flaws that made the site unfit for operation in the eyes of the NRC. That is one governing agency that does not fug around.

Fukushima was obviously governed by Japan's commission, and mainly due to that the peripheral systems were a great deal different than what they would be in the US.

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Skimmed through this but loss of external power is an obvious contingency for nuclear reactors worldwide. You can shut down a nuclear plant quickly. I don't think it's true at all that if power is out for a long period of time the reactor is going to meltdown.

As an example, this plant was automatically shut down when the power went out posing no danger to anyone:

http://www.rrstar.com/news/x1622349458/Regulatory-spokeswoman-No-danger-from-Byron-nuclear-plant-shutdown

Additionally any meltdown is going to be pretty localized. A chernobyl type event is basically impossible in the USA

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I'm interested in doing a bit of prepping though. We have a lake behind my house that would be perfect for water purification.

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I've been inside the plant in Southport, granted it was in 1994, but still... that place is top notch.

It is also not near a fault or nearly as close to the ocean as Fukushima was... not saying that they can't have issues, I'm just thinking it's a lot less likely.

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nuclear plants, chemical plants, refineries....all of them....all designed to shut themselves down when the power goes out. They will flare like poo but they will shut themselves down in a safe manner....yes...even with a 100% power outage!

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nuclear plants, chemical plants, refineries....all of them....all designed to shut themselves down when the power goes out. They will flare like poo but they will shut themselves down in a safe manner....yes...even with a 100% power outage!

Yeah this.

Not saying there aren't some dangers in the event of societal collapse but it will be minor compared to everything else..

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So this feeling of "I need to be ready for (Stuff)" isn't just me... fascinating.

With all the storms we've had and you living on the coast it's not a bad idea to be prepared for a few weeks without power or needing to flee due to possible flooding.

I like that my family all have our passports so if something crazy happens in America we can run for the boarder.

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With all the storms we've had and you living on the coast it's not a bad idea to be prepared for a few weeks without power or needing to flee due to possible flooding.

I like that my family all have our passports so if something crazy happens in America we can run for the boarder.

this... can't state this enough... passports.

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With all the storms we've had and you living on the coast it's not a bad idea to be prepared for a few weeks without power or needing to flee due to possible flooding.

I like that my family all have our passports so if something crazy happens in America we can run for the boarder.

we will welcome you with open arms...but please...don't bring any of these other crazy bastards with you!

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I live close to the 10 mile evacuation zone for the Southport nuclear plant - I follow everything that goes on there very closely. they are not a well operated plant and are an OLD plant. The NRC had to step in 2x within the past year due to problems there. That is what we know of as the public - god knows what really is going on in there

this from 2 years ago

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) -- Progress Energy once again says tritium has leaked from it's Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport, N.C.

A spokesman for Progress Energy says the leak did not pose any threat to employees or neighboring residents in Brunswick County, but some residents say they have their concerns about living so close to the plant.

then this reply from a former supervisor there

As a supervisor at the Brunswick Nuclear plant for 7 years and a Technician for 15 years, there have been a number of these leaks. As a supervisor I was in charge of a Manhole project and since 2004 and 2005 we were always fighting underground water leaks. The major problems they have there is so many water lines and electrical conduit underground. With the salt water enviroment these pipes are rusting through and with all the miles of underground piping they can never find all the water leaks and their sources. A major problem they did was to pave the whole site inside the protected area and now to search for the leaks you have to dig through pavement. They have cut their budget so bad and have not been proactive in finding the leaks. They have had a Tritum problems for years and have keep them under the radar..

anybody that thinks the NRC isnt in collusion with the power companies to keep aging and unsafe nuclear plants operating is delirious.

this happened in 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS & OBSERVER) -- Nuclear safety officials have concluded that a fluke mishap last year at Progress Energy's Brunswick nuclear plant near Wilmington was caused by the lack of worker qualification for more than a decade.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its preliminary findings yesterday, but the federal safety agency is continuing its investigation to determine the safety significance of the incident.

The unusual mishap that shut down the Brunswick Unit 2 reactor last November may be the only such incident in U.S. nuclear history.

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