part of the plant, but for "convenience" the most dangerous things were stored right next too or even RIGHT ON TOP OF the reactors themselves.
Storing the rods on site is done to conserve cost, if they were Dry Casked and then shipped off the rods to somewhere else, it would cost them money, however, they can just store them at their "approved nuclear facility" and thus just kick the can down the road -- increasing current profits while increasing the potential disaster 100's of times over.
THEN on top of that complete irresponsible behavior, the nuke operators also decided to not just
stack the rods together with the original design spacing, but they decided to increase storage capacity by packing in the rods even tighter. What happens is that the closer they are, the more the
neutrons from one rod affect and “excite” the neutrons from adjacentrods, and that is the whole process of nuclear fission is that neutron excitement.
The whole process of control of nuclear processes is control of the neutrons and the material spacing. Well, so our nuclear scientists decided to stack the used rods even closer, and they ran some
calculations that showed that if the spacing was smaller, and they used chemical laced water as a cooling fluid, along with a heat removal heat exchanger and an electrically operated pump to ensure continuous movement of the cooling water THEN all would be fine….they could run like that for decades (and now the NRC is proposing that it should be fine to run like that for centuries) increasing profits and avoiding costs, letting their funds set aside for the task grow (as if funds in mutual fund will not see massive losses as the QE ends and government manipulation of the markets eventually fails in and epic way.
IF all those factors above came together, AND there was also no natural disaster, civil unrest, Carrington Event solar kill shot on the electric grid, or terrorist attack, THEN all will be fine.
But if our luck didn't hold, it didn’t the used fuel pool would overheat, the water would boil off, and an uncontrolled nuclear reaction would occur, a nuclear fire would ensue, spewing forth the entire radiation inventory of all the spent fuel. And spent fuel is way more dangerous than the original fuel, in fact spent fuel has gained plutonium, which is far more deadly than uranium.
When I found those facts out, I knew immediately that this whole industry has become corrupt and intellectually dishonest to the core so to speak.
At Fukushima, they put the fuel tanks for the back up generators right on the ocean, probably for ease of refueling from a boat, but who cares the real reason, the bottom line is that very stupid decisions were made, and no one was effectively over seeing it.
Nuclear is too strong for humans, humans cannot be trusted with this toy. Over time, greed,
economic downturns, periods of bad government, periods of industry regulator ‘capture’, natural disasters, a Carrington Solar Kill Shot, aging facilities, and ignorance and denial, all lead to an OBVIOUS CONCLUSION.
Nuclear will weaken, mutate, and wipe out our species unless we just say NO. Phase them all out now. Dry Cask all the used fuel cool enough to Cask. We can within 7 years solve the biggest and most dangerous problem, the used fuel. At least we can solve it for 50 to 100 years.
Any guess what the cost would be to Dry Cask everything? It would cost less than what the Banking Cartel is handing themselves in the so called QE every 6 days. Dry Cask Calcs are here--