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At the control room simulator at Indian point nuclear power plant in Buchanan New York operators prepare for the worst.
Trained on very extreme scenarios.
In the unlikely event they do occur they know how to respond.
Deep in the plant beyond several layers of security is the containment -- inside the containment dome at the bottom is a reactor that holds the fuel.
That and it goes decision process that heats the water to -- steam that's demons turns the turbines to make electricity.
In the massive turbine room 2000 megawatts of power is generated.
After about six years of use the uranium fuel is transferred to spent fuel pool the -- are built into bedrock.
With walls made of steel reinforced concrete.
The spent fuel that's been used -- unit rate since 1970.
-- you didn't have spent fuel pool.
Which is under about 25 feet of water it not only help keep the fuel -- but also provides protection from harmful radiation and.
In a concrete bunker three backup diesel generators are ready to provide power to the plant.
In case of a blackout earthquake.
Flood or attack.
We only need one to -- the field -- -- we have three and redundancy.
At another location on site there's a void one and this is there's a portable steam generator haven't -- -- after nine elevenths.
In the wake of Japan's -- disaster change is anticipate.
Once we understand how they responded.
How the -- responded.
We'll change the way we do business in the US I I can't tell -- what that looks like right now.
But I'm quite sure we'll look at other redundancies and back -- systems that we put in place.
At Indian point they have already made plans to order an additional portable backup generator and to keep sandbags on site in case of massive flooding.
In Buchanan New York Laura Ingle Fox News.
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