They are free of all the dangers you list. The plant is entirely buried, and the cooling water, and water for waste fuel cooling cycles via thermosyphon (no pumps to fail) from a surface lake which ideally would be recharged naturally from rainfall. The designs allow for modular sizes in the 10-100MW range which is 1-10% of the size of a plant today. Controls are simpler, maintence is much less, and the system is failsafe. You could put a plant under the city park, and othe rthan the transmission line heading out no one would ever know it was there. The dangerous part about nuclear power is that the NRC is so slow they can't get around to approving any new designs, so we are still running 40-50 year old plants based on 60 year old designs that were meant to last 30 years. The power company I work for is looking at building one of these, we'll see if the NIMBY folks can get it stopped yet.
Jack of all Trades
Precinct Commiteeman Precinct 5 Rock Island Co Illinois
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