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Fairewinds Gundersen FOE Report 5-10-2011

Fairewinds Gundersen FOE Report 5-10-2011

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Comment to the proposed rule on the
 AP1000 Design Certification Amendment 
 Docket ID NRC-2010-0131As noticed in the Federal Register on February 24, 2011Report Prepared for Friends of the EarthBy Chief Engineer Arnie GundersenFairewinds Associates, IncMay 10, 2011
 
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Table of ContentsIntroduction and Background.....................................................................................................3
 
Is Zero Percent Leakage Reasonable?........................................................................................3
 
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Containment Failure Modes:...............................................................................................4
 
NRC Uses Flawed Data................................................................................................................5
 
Issues Proven by Fukushima Accidents......................................................................................9
 
AP1000 Is Only A Simulated Design.........................................................................................10
 
Numerous Single Points of Vulnerability in the AP1000 Design............................................12
 
Fairewinds Associates’ Conclusion...........................................................................................23
 
 
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Introduction and Background
This report, prepared by Fairewinds Associates, Inc for Friends of the Earth, is being submittedas a comment to the proposed rule on the
 AP1000 Design Certification Amendment 
, Docket ID NRC-2010-0131 as noticed in the Federal Register on February 24, 2011
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. Fairewinds’comments, which are of a technical nature and merit close scrutiny, support the position thatissuance of a notice of rulemaking is premature and that approval of the design certification of the AP1000 reactor is not warranted.Prior to the nuclear power plant accidents at Japan’s Fukushima Boiling Water Reactors(BWR’s), intervenors, NGO’s, expert witnesses, industry insiders, and staff members within the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had expressed significant doubts about the integrity andrigor of the proposed AP1000 design. To this date, the NRC has not adequately addressed theissues raised.During the fall of 2009, Fairewinds Associates, Inc was retained by the AP1000 Oversight Groupto independently evaluate the proposed design of the Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plant.Following six months of research and peer review, Fairewinds Associates prepared andsubmitted an expert report entitled
 Post Accident AP1000 Containment Leakage, An Unreviewed Safety Issue
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to the AP1000 Oversight Group, which in turn submitted that report to the NRC.Subsequently, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen and AP1000 Oversight GroupAttorney John Runkle were invited to present their concerns to the NRC’s Advisory Committeeon Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) June 25, 2010. Subsequently, the AP1000 Oversight Groupsubmitted the Nuclear Containment Failures: Ramifications for the AP1000 Containment Designsupplemental report December 21, 2010. The two reports, the associated power point, and theJune 25, 2010 presentation to the NRC coordinated with the NRC meeting audio may be found atFairewinds Website under the reports and multi-media tabs.
Is Zero Percent Leakage Reasonable?
Both the NRC in its regulatory role and Westinghouse as the design engineer have declined toadequately scrutinize or calculate the reality of containment failure and leakage in the single-wall
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 AP1000 Design Certification Amendment 
, Docket ID NRC-2010-0131http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3989.htm
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