|Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station|
The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station is located just five miles south of Brattleboro, Vermont. She will turn forty on this Wednesday, March 21, 2012. She's fit as a fiddle having gotten her original operating license dated 3/21/1972 renewed last year for another twenty years - so she's good to go until March 21, 2032 when we can all gather around her Boiling Water Reactor and wish her a Happy 60th Birthday!
I'm assuming that Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. will be serving up the usual and obligatory ice cream and cake BUT are we all invited? And if I do make the event, what does one get a forty year old lady these days? I'm mean given her illustrious reactor type - she's a General Electric Type 4 BWR with a Mark 1 containment. (See Note 1)
Maybe just some pretty flowers and a box of candy to cheer her up. I'm sure she has taken a peek at what's been written about her lately. I mean if you look at her historical documents you can see clearly she was build to operate forty years and not sixty. So we can't even get away with a "wink" and a humorous Hallmark card telling her she'd reached MIDDLE AGE.
I hear she has mentioned she would like a new condenser ($200 million) and some safety back-fits ($100 million) - nips and tucks on this girlfriend doesn't come cheap. I'm sticking with giving her flowers and candy and if she doesn't like it, well.................she can just have a tizzy-fit and melt down.
Note 1 - This plant is very similar to Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1, which at the time of its explosion was operating only one month past its 40th birthday.
For a full story see Arnie Gundersen: 40 years is not middle age for nuke plants