Hmm, I think there are a few people who might be in need of a quick refresher course on nuclear reactor technology.
\’Floating Chernobyls\’ to hit the high seas
\”Floating Chernobyls-in-waiting\” are coming to a sea near you after a major international agreement was signed last week, according to critics of nuclear power.
These ship bourne reactors may or may not be a good idea but Chernobyls they won\’t be.
For what actually caused the real and major problem and Chenobyl was that the graphite in the reactor caught fire. Once the containment had blown off this meant that the fire was spewing all those radioactive isotopes (remnants of the used fuel essentially) into the atmosphere and thus a plume which reached as far as Wales.
Now if this happens on a ship then there\’s a simple answer. Scuttle the ship.
Sure, you get contamination of the water but the ocean\’s a damn big place and the dilution will be such that it would be very difficult to even detect what had happened, let alone measure any effect. After all, a number of reactor cores have been dumped by the Soviets in the Arctic seas in exactly this manner.
Not exactly nice of them (and sure puts paid to that idea that it\’s capitalism that causes pollution) and something we\’d much rather they hadn\’t done: but not, as a matter of scientific fact, all that big a deal either.
As I say, these ships might be good or bad ideas for other reasons but Chernobyl they ain\’t gonna be.