Defective GE Mark-1 and GE Mark-2 reactors.
We are pretty lucky to be here at a forum of engineers...
This first message will be technical and politycal.
My 2nd message will be only technical...
I hope some comment of some independient engineers.
The General Electric Corporation designed all these failed Mark-1 reactor ‘containment’ systems. The GE Mark-1 has been openly identified as a nuclear hazard for decades. These defective GE Mark-1 and GE Mark-2 so called ‘containment’ systems should have all been removed from service years ago. But GE has massive political and media clout within the USA. “The world is your oyster”, describes the General Electric Corporation. GE has held clear title to the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court for over a century. GE cannot pay their part of the damages. The damages are too immense. GE cannot even afford to pay back their share of the profits from their knowingly, willfully defective Mark-1 designs.
So they won’t. GE has killed the story. It is of no consequence to GE or the national government if you and your family die early and painful deaths from cancer. Nothing will be done to reduce the hazard. Nothing will be broadcast to guide you toward safe choices. There are no public service announcements for this hazard. Drink deep the Purple Kool-Aid. Both political parties, both houses of congress, all fifty states, conservatives, liberals and libertarians, the national press corps and the entire speaker’s bureau are on board. They are all cooing that there is no danger. But of course there is great danger from Japan and USA Mark-1 reactors.
These aging, corroded, always defective GE Mark-1 designs are being strained 20% beyond their nameplate power ratings with weapons grade plutonium fuel. They are all being licensed for a 50% extension beyond their nominal design life of 40 years. The Vermont Yankee reactor was issued a 20 year life extension with MOX fuel power up-rating, on March 12, 2011. This NRC relicensing occurred the day after the tsunami, as the Fukushima reactors were literally melting down. The world, you see, is GE’s oyster.