(NaturalNews) The same company responsible for building the flawed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactor in Japan, which failed back in 2011 following a historic earthquake and tsunami, also built a nuclear facility in Shoreham, New York, that, unbeknownst to the general public, is also highly vulnerable to a catastrophic earthquake.
According to investigative journalist Greg Palast, this plant is inherently flawed, just like Fukushima was, having been approved for construction based on a phony seismic qualification, or SQ. A nuclear plant’s SQ indicates its likelihood of undergoing meltdowns in the event that it is shaken during an earthquake or other seismic event.
To make a long story short, two senior nuclear plant engineers who worked at the facility confessed to Palast that the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant failed to meet the Seismic I standards required by law, which means it is prone to a systemic failure — or what one of the senior engineers described to Balast as the potential to “completely and utterly fail.”
“The plant [is] riddled with problems that, no way on earth, could stand an earthquake,” wrote the senior scientist in a handwritten log. “The team of engineers sent in to inspect found that most of these components could ‘completely and utterly fail’ during an earthquake.”
Diablo Canyon Power Plant in California also prone to total failure
On the other side of the country, the fate of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant positioned along California’s Central Coast is equally as turbid. Like Shoreham, this facility is prone to catastrophic failure in the event of an earthquake, and was also greased through the regulatory system based on lies and misinformation.
A 2011 hearing held by the California Energy Commission revealed that the plant’s stability in the event of an earthquake is unknown. What is known, however, is that the backup cooling system for preventing a full-scale meltdown is exactly the same as the one at Fukushima, which means it is just as vulnerable.
Written by Jonathan Benson
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