TVA – builder of obsolete nuclear reactors?
May 24, 2016
Has anyone ever made a Rube Goldberg contraption actually work? Right now, because they are never constrained by expenses, TVA has tried and tried to make a sow’s ear into a silk purse; it cannot be done. Several decades of changes of nuclear in their operations systems and other modifications’ leaves TVA with a spruced up, shiny new Model “T” Ford built for dirt roads.
Look at Bellefonte, an uncompleted nuclear reactor in north Alabama which TVA decided to auction off after receiving an offer of $38M for the whole 1600 acres including plant and buildings. After spending nearly 50 years and $4.5+ billion of wasted money, TVA decided to not prove they were insane doing the same thing over and over again. (But still costing an outrageous sum.)
The problem is that no one is held responsible; not for anything. Nobody is accountable and is never ever fired. This latest twin reactor has been in “progress” for almost as long as Bellefonte and promises to have to operate with some obsolete systems. I guess they’ll just have to make the parts. While TVA touts that this is the first “new” reactor this century, it certainly offers nothing novel. Do you see any more reactors coming on line any time soon? SHOW ME!