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Message Subject *** Fukushima *** and other nuclear-----updates and links
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Reactor maker warns of possible safety issue at Fermi II

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy is warning that the reactor it built for DTE Energy’s Fermi II nuclear power plant may not shut down properly during an earthquake.

The Pittsburgh Tribune reports that Fermi II is among 35 GE reactors where the company is recommending testing to determine what level of friction would interfere with the insertion of control rods into the reactor core during an earthquake.

The issue is a “low probability event” that became known to the company several months before the March earthquake and radiation leaks at the Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, Michael Tetuan, a spokesman for GE Hitachi in Wilmington, N.C., said in an e-mail.

[link to michiganmessenger.com]

- low probability. well, that makes it ok.
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