, Newburyport, MA


February 20, 2012

N-plant the safest ever built

To the editor:

Once again, I must respond to the fallacious argument concerning evacuation routes from areas near the Seabrook Station nuclear plant.

Uninformed people keep comparing this plant to Chernobyl. Chernobyl was build inside a wooden structure, without any containment building, and was a graphite-cooled reactor ... with no backup. Also, it caught fire during "military experimentation," which is not going to happen at Seabrook.

The containment building at Seabrook Station is the strongest containment building ever constructed. Nothing short of a direct hit by a nuclear weapon is going to breach that containment! Should that happen, there would be very few survivors to evacuate!

With 6-foot-thick, steel-reinforced concrete outer walls, and 8-inch thick, stainless steel walls in the reactor vessel, it is the safest plant ever built to date, and has redundant cooling systems in the event of overheating.

In a worst-case scenario, i.e., a meltdown, the core would melt down into the bedrock, then cool into a solid mass. This would still be taking place within the confines of the containment building ... any radioactive gases released would be trapped inside, where the pressure is kept at a negative value, insuring that in the extremely unlikely event of a breach, air would be pulled into the containment building, preventing contaminants from escaping.

Please, quit the fear-mongering!

I have noticed that the same folks who said the marshes were off-limits for widening the roads to and from the beaches have allowed condos to be built on these self-same "protected" wetlands ... guess that doesn't matter, since someone made money, instead of spending money to widen access roads ...

I could go on, but see no point, since people whose minds are made up are not confused by facts.



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