“Are the Americans any better than the Japanese? No. Our industry is just as much in bed with the regulators as the Japanese were, but we were just lucky and they were unlucky. ”
- Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds Nuclear Energy Education, Burlington, VTApril 1, 2016 Burlington, Vermont - The nuclear power reactors at TEPCO's Fukushima facility are General Electric's BWR-1, which stands for Boiling Water Reactor. The BWR-1 represents the design of a large percent of the fission nuclear reactors around the world. All of them depend upon large quantities of cold water to keep the radioactive fuel rods cooled and safe from melt down. If the pumps of that coolant water are in a water region that can be flooded, it is logical that the pumps should be either constructed on higher ground or be engineered to be submersible. Otherwise, water flooding is always going to be a threat.
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