The Ergen Report, 1967 – ECCS, Meltdown studies.

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The Ergen Report was published in 1967, the year construction of the Fukushima Diiachi Nuclear Power Plant complex commenced.

The report represents the state of the art in meltdown prevention and meltdown process understanding at that time.

What, if anything, does this report say which may explain why the Fukushima Diiachi NPP complex was built where it was, with the technology included in its design?

Emergency core cooling : report
Author: W K Ergen; U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Advisory Task Force on Power Reactor Emergency Cooling.
Publisher: Oak Ridge, Tenn : USAEC, Division of Technical Information Extension, [1966?]
Edition/Format: Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database: WorldCat

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Thanks to a friend in the USA, I now have the full text of the Ergen Report. Over the coming days…

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Risk in the USA

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From an American friend:

“….As for risk, I’ve been asked that question too. I think the real answer is here:

This is US government data, from the National Vital Statistics Survey.

Look at Figure 1. See that little bump in 1979-80? That’s tens of thousands of people who died in my home state of Pennsylvania and New York, as a result of the disaster at Three Mile Island. I think that’s what the risk is – you and your loved ones dying a little earlier than you otherwise would (just as importantly, in my opinion: being less healthy and less vigorous in the meantime).

It’s an extra-yummy bonus that you’ll have to spend the rest of your life listening to the authorities say that no one was harmed, when you can look at a graph and see that claim is obviously bullshit.”

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