Nukes and Nuke Accessories

They found all the material at a junkyard. The criminal who stole the car, also sold the cannisters made of lead to a guy who was willing to open them.


Sounds doable, but expensive. And maybe not that viable.

It’s a Babcock & Wilcox pressure-cooker design, B&W LLP (DRYAMB), from the 1960ies. I don’t know the specifics of this particular model, but back then PWR designs typically envisaged an operational lifetime of around 40 years.
Construction of TMI-1 started in 1968 and it went online in 1974.
In 2009 a lifetime extension for up to 60 years / 2034 was granted.
Ironically, also in 2009, there was a minor incident that only slightly irradiated either 20 or 150 workers, depending on the source.

The plant was shut down in 2019 because it had been running at a loss since 2012.
Because natural gas was so cheap and government subsidies weren’t coming.

I don’t know whether they could “just switch it back on” or whether they would have everything re-certified - probably something inbetween.
A huge factor would be whether it was sort of mothballed in 2019 or not. For starters, lots of moving parts that would need a lot of TLC after not having moved for a couple of years. Availability of spare parts and personnel that knows how to handle them. And so on and on.
If the process starts now in earnest, I’d say ~5 years until it is online again. With the proper work and re-certification put into it, I could even see the 10 years of downtime added to the extended lifetime, so ~2044.
For a unit with a nameplate capacity of 819 MW and a known capacity factor of 73.25% over it’s 1974-2019 lifetime.
Side note: will the Susquehanna River still be cold enough to cool TMI-1 all year round in 10, 15 years? France already has problems with some of their plants during a hot summer.

I’d rather they’d put the effort into renewables.


America’s new Sentinel nukes mushroom 81% in cost. Pentagon says it’s all good

The price tag for the Pentagon’s next-generation nuclear-tipped Sentinel ICBMs has ballooned by 81 percent in less than four years, triggering a Congressionally-mandated justify-or-die review.

The US Dept of Defense carried out that legally required probe into the cost of the program, and on Monday released the results – with under-secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment William LaPlante saying the Sentinel missile program met established criteria for being allowed to continue after his “comprehensive, unbiased review of the program.”


Wouldn’t it be a lot cheaper to just buy North Korea?


AW139 Nuclear Detection Helicopters Join Department Of Energy Fleet, Replace Bell 412s

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