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Svip

Barsebäck has finally closed

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Svip

Most of you might not know it. But Barsebäck is a Swedish nuclear power station, and today, it has closed.

 

It has closed because of the Danes, as the Danes did not wanted Barsebäck to exist, or at least where it was placed.

 

Cause, it was the placement of Barsebäck that have driven Danish both politicans and civilians for thirty years for the Swedish to close down their power station.

 

To not make long geographical explanations, I can just tell you it was placed 20 km from the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, and most of the Danes took that as both a threath and an insult. Why would any country place a nuclear power station that close to it's neighbour's capital?

 

Personaly, I haven't done much for the campaign, if not none at all, but I cannot say I am sad, rather glad that Barsebäck has closed.

 

I cannot give myself time to find reason for building nuclear power stations close to other nations' heavy crowed areas.

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Paulie Cicero
This sounds reasonable to me. Barsebäck probably pissed off the Danes a lot, so no point in keeping it running. Sweden should have known better than to pollute the air of another country's capital.

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Swarz

... and across the lake in the US, Bush is pushing for more Nuclear power plants to be built, and of course criticising Iran and S. Korea for their nuclear station building programs. confused.gif

 

 

Chernobyl should be enough reason to oppose building any more nuclear power facilities. While I recognise they are largely safe when used in developed countries, and produce alot of power, there's always the risk that something could go wrong, not to mention the waste that lies around for hundreds of hundreds of years afterwards. whatsthat.gif

 

It does seem pretty silly for Sweden to have built it so close to the Danish capital, although being such a wealthy nation I'm sure safety procedures would've been in place with the chance of anything going awry being pretty slim.

 

 

Let's all remember that Nuclear power is a non-renewable energy source, like both coal and oil, and can't be relied upon to last forever. Now is the time to look at more environmentally sound forms of energy, as the UK is just starting to do now.

 

 

EDIT: @ Paulie Cicero: Btw, nuclear power doesn't release air pollution - that only happens if there's some kind of nuclear meltdown, like Chernobyl. Read this:

 

 

While no source of electrical power generation is completely safe, nuclear power has a remarkable record. About 20% of electricity generated in the U.S. comes from nuclear power, and in the last forty years of this production, not one single fatality has occurred as a result of the operation of a civilian nuclear power plant in the United States, Western Europe, Japan, or South Korea. No other form of energy production can even come close.
Edited by Swarz

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Lazzo

Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, like Swarz said about Chernobyl, are good reasons to try and find other power sources besides nuclear. Chernobyl was unique though. I forgot exactly what the situation was but I think it had something to do with a power surge after several tests within the plant. It mostly because of human error and bad technology.

 

EDIT: Ah, found something about it

 

 

What caused the accident?

Determining the causes of the accident was not easy, because there was no experience of comparable events to refer to. Eyewitness reports, measurements carried out after the accident, and experimental reconstructions were necessary. The causes of the accident are still described as a fateful combination of human error and imperfect technology.

 

The test during which the accident happened was conducted under time pressure. Shortly after it started, on Friday 25 April 1986, the test run was interrupted for nine hours. Electricity still had to be supplied to the capital, Kiev. The test then took place at night. Today, several flaws in the technical design of the reactor type are thought to have been decisive.

 

These include the handling of the control rods. In a reactor, the power level is controlled by raising and lowering the control rods: the fewer control rods are positioned between the fuel elements, the greater the reactor power. In this type of reactor, however, the management of the "braking" process has a fatal flaw. If the control rods are raised and then, to "put on the brakes", lowered between the fuel elements, the initial effect is the exact opposite: reactor power is increased.

 

If, as was the case in the test at Chernobyl, too many control rods are raised at once and then reinserted simultaneously during an emergency shutdown, the power level rises so dramatically that the reactor is destroyed. A similar error, but with much less severe consequences, had already occurred in a reactor of the same type in Lithuania in 1983. This experience, however, was not passed on to the operating crew in Chernobyl. (3.8)

Edited by Lazzo

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Paulie Cicero

EDIT: @ Paulie Cicero: Btw, nuclear power doesn't release air pollution - that only happens if there's some kind of nuclear meltdown, like Chernobyl. Read this:

 

 

While no source of electrical power generation is completely safe, nuclear power has a remarkable record. About 20% of electricity generated in the U.S. comes from nuclear power, and in the last forty years of this production, not one single fatality has occurred as a result of the operation of a civilian nuclear power plant in the United States, Western Europe, Japan, or South Korea. No other form of energy production can even come close.

Oh. Sorry. I'm not very knowledgeable in this subject.

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Vercetti Gangsta

That was about time they closed it. I like everything about Sweden except for Barsebäck.

If it exploded it would like spread over Denmark.

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Paulie Cicero
I don't think it would explode. They're might be a leak or something, though.

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Vercetti Gangsta

Yeah, it could also "just" be a leak. And if it leaked it would hit Copenhagen the Danish capital, as Svip also described.

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Swarz

That's a big "if" of course. Chances are the power station was completely safe and there would never be an accident, as my quote further up the page details.

 

 

However, at the same time, Scandinavian countries should probably be kicking up a bigger fuss about the UKs Nuclear power stations. If one of these were to have an accident, weather movements would take the fallout straight over Northern Europe to nations like Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

 

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vALKYR

Power Plants like that always remain a problem because of the potential danger .. when it goes wrong

 

As soon as they can force energy by E=mc² out of Antimatter which is currently produced and examinated at CERN, they'll prolly use that. BUT, Antimatter is also a great potential danger.

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