Atomic Show #223 – Diablo Saudi UAE Ukraine S Korea

On September 7, 2014, I gathered a group of nuclear energy observers to discuss a variety of topics of interest to people who believe energy is important. We talked about Diablo Canyon’s earthquake resilience, Saudi Arabia’s interest in a rapid growth in nuclear energy production, the certification of the APR+ in South Korea, the progress being made in building nuclear plants in the UAE, and the (lack of) effects of recent fighting in Ukraine on the country’s nuclear power plants.

Guests on the show included:

Dan Yurman of Neutron Bytes
Will Davis of Atomic Power Review, ANS Nuclear Cafe, Fuel Cycle Week, and the NS Savannah Association
Meredith Angwin of Yes Vermont Yankee
Andrew Benson of Atoms For California

During the show I promised to include a link to information about SQUG — Seismic Qualification Utility Group — a group whose work should reassure anyone who is worried about the effects of earthquakes on nuclear power plants. The bottom line is that nuclear generating stations have large margins included in their design and construction that prevent damage to safety related structures, systems and components. There is no example anywhere or at any time of a plant being unable to cope with an earthquake.

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