December 2011 – U of M Prof. Tom Downar – Fukushima Daiichi Presentation

Fukushima Dai-ichi

Professor Tom Downar

University of Michigan, USA

12/30/2011

►We do not know how this will turn out
–Situation is currently stable
–But could change
►There will be an impact on U.S. nuclear energy
–We can speculate
–But impossible to predict for sure
►Impact might include issues with
–Keeping spent fuel on site
Zirconium clad fuel
–Aged and LRW reactors
–Understanding seismic risks and mitigation technologies
–Who knows what else?
►The incident likely opens the world of possible options
 

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