ANTIcarrot wrote:Just to play devil's advocate here...
It's all very well saying, "Oh, but the house collapsed so well!" but the client paid for a house that is supposed to stand upright. Ultimately BWRs are supposed to produce electricity. Four cores in fewer days have fallen over, and are not producing electricity, and probably won't ever again. Even if we scrub out the N word, that is still a very bad thing in and of itself.
The problem is that the nuclear industry has a nasty tendency to act like NASA (making it up as you go along) when we want them to behave like Airbus or Boeing. We want nuclear power to be reliable and safe by OUR standards, not yours. When claims like, "Of course Nuclear Power is safe!" we don't want to find out after an accident like this that you meant *active* safety, not passive. If something is only safe for as long as conditions are perfect, then it isn't safe.
It's difficult to trust an industry that complains about greenpeace when two of its buildings explode[/]. If the third one goes as well (as some are now saying it might) are these still well designed? Oh yes, and $2 billion plus of kit has just slagged itself; and not in a terrible eligent fashion.
When exactly does it become the industry's fault?
It's all very well saying, "Oh, but the house collapsed so well!" but the client paid for a house that is supposed to stand upright.
Yes, let's talk about those 10's of thousands of house that people paid to have standing upright. Those houses are now all wiped out and washed out to see. You should direct your wrath at the residential housing industry first, it's killed thousands of people in Japan thanks to their defective designs and construction.
Or is it utterly insane to complain when buildings have troubles surviving the strongest earthquake in a nations recorded history?
For the record, Japan's nuclear facilities look on track to limit the damages from the damage to their systems to remaining on-site, with few injuries, and virtually no casualties. Find any other industrial complex along Japan's coast that can say the same.