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Friday, April 3, 2015

Zion Nuclear Plant Doesn't Have Enough Money to Clean Itself Up. And Palisades is Polluting Lake Michigan As Badly as Fukushima. Poor Lake.

The NRC is complicit in allowing a separate entity to be "responsible for cleanup"

When this entity runs out of money, they will simply go bankrupt and then the waste will sit or worse.

The balance in the Zion Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning trust fund was about 30% lower at the end of 2014 than it was the previous year according to a report filed by ZionSolutions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on March 30.
The Report on Status of Decommissioning Funding for Shutdown Reactors—due annually—indicated that there was a total of $280.2 million in the trust fund on Dec. 31, 2014.  Last year’s report showed a balance of just over $400 million.
 These plants cost around $2B in 2014 dollars to decomm.

The NRC makes them hold around $400M, and then they pretend that the money grow over time, exceeding inflation.    They also pretend that the cost to decomm will be the same in 60 years as it is now, only the invested money is increasing.  

 http://www.powermag.com/zion-nuclear-plant-decommissioning-trust-fund-depleting-quickly/

But this report does provide a decent metric for the cost of Dry Casking.

They Dry Casked 61 Unit, and burned through $120M.  

So the cost of Dry Cask is about $2M each.      We don't know whether the cost of the Cask Itself is Included in that.



We also don't know if the cost of the Cask Slab or the Security Systems are included in that. 

We do know that trying to "reprocess" the same amount of fuel into MOX is about 10 times higher, or $20M.      
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Dry Cask is only a temporary solution, but it is a good temporary solution.   It is something we can do now.  

This company supplied some of the Zion Dry Cask

http://www.nacintl.com/nacdry


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And just up the coast of Lake Michigan, Palisades is leaking 440,000 Bq/M3 long lived Tritium into Lake Michigan.     Not a joke, as serious as a cesium induced heart attack.

http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2015/03/palisades-one-of-worst-nuke-plants-run.html




3 comments:

  1. Because the fed govt is in breach of contract to take used fuel, the logical course of action would be for the govt buy the casks then ship yo a central holding area like somewhere in Utah. Near blanchie

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  2. Because the fed govt is in breach of contract to take used fuel, the logical course of action would be for the govt buy the casks then ship yo a central holding area like somewhere in Utah. Near blanchie

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  3. Looks like a sociopath showed up here, what a weird comment. Blame someone else, classic sociopath move.

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