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Steam leak prompts power generation to halt at Kyushu nuclear plant

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A week of operation and something has shaken loose. Rattle rattle, pffft pffft....

Is this the kind of 'pressure test' shakedown that they tend to carry out on simulators in order to get government permission for restarts? Somehow I kind of doubt it.

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A major problem for a complicated plants like a nuclear plant with all its important and safety associated plant are long shut downs for years on end. They were not designed with that in mind.

The No3 reactor unit has been shut down for 7 years but the normal shut down period to replace the spent fuel would be months every 2 years.

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Guess they must have missed the faulty steam line in their safety inspections and upgrades. It makes one wonder, what else did they miss? It also makes one wonder, were the inspections carried out at all? As has happened in the past.

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I simply cannot believe them that no radiation leaked out. Time and time again big business in Japan lies to save face.

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Nuclear power is a major source of energy in many advanced nations. That doesn't rule out it's use. Infact Fukushima Daiichi is not the only major accident that took place in the sector there are Thee Miles in USA and Chernobyl in USSR to quote.

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So they're not Nuclear Power stations but Steam Powered.... hence why when there's a leak, there's no power.

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Déjà vu 3 Mile Island incident all over again??? Following a sream leak in its piping system, also after a recent plant certification inspection In 1979 at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in USA a cooling malfunction caused part of the core to melt in the #2 reactor. The TMI-2 reactor was destroyed. Some radioactive gas was released a couple of days after the accident, but not enough to cause any dose above background levels to local residents, if we’re to depend upon Nuclear Engergy for our Electrial needs — due diligence is MANDATORY!

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Infact Fukushima Daiichi is not the only major accident that took place in the sector there are Thee Miles in USA and Chernobyl in USSR to quote.

"If other countries can make accidents, we should be able to do that too!"

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Guess they must have missed the faulty steam line in their safety inspections and upgrades.

It was probably a leak from a gasket or valve/pump packing. Those things tend to dry out after years of no use and then when the system is wet again they don't fully seal. It is a 'faulty' line, but of course lets make it sound bad to enhance an already bias view.

I simply cannot believe them that no radiation leaked out.

Why not? Firstly, radiation doesn't leak out. Second, most of the plant systems are not radioactive. In a pressurized water reactor like this the steam system is isolated from the reactor and the radioactive materials.

So they're not Nuclear Power stations but Steam Powered

Nuclear reactions heat water that then produces steam which rotates a turbine which generates electricity. Just like in a coal power station the coal produces heat that creates steam to turn a turbine.

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Was it Einstein who said a nuclear reactor was just an expensive kettle to boil water.

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As zichi is explain as above, nuclear energy would produce more than others in few portions, however the maintenance costs are getting much than higher to compare and contrast others. What's the capitalistic myth to say it makes cheaper and safer, Aesop's Fables?

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Ooops! Zichi is explaining as above...

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Over 2~3 hours until notification to authorities.

General public could not know this trouble until next day.

Most information is power companies-made.

This problematic power corporation stopped generating,but never stop reactors whatever happen,as same as when Kumamoto earthquake 2016.

Head of Kyushu Electric Power say: "I had said that I don't know what will happen"

Japan's Nuclear Regulation seems to do nothing.

in this connection,

Genkai Pluthermal Nuclear Plants has higher contamination risk than Japan's other reactors such as Fukushima-1.

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Genkai Pluthermal Nuclear Plants has higher contamination risk than Japan's other reactors such as Fukushima-1.

No, it doesn't. Reactors fueled with just uranium produce plutonium as soon as they start operating, that is where the plutonium for pluthermal nuclear plants comes from. So, every reactor has plutonium in it's fuel.

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