"Near-Meltdown" in Swedish Nuclear Power Plant
Currently, half of Sweden's nuclear reactors are idle, but it's not because of the 1980 referendum in which Swedish citizens asked for a nuclear phase out plan and a switch to renewable energies (f.ex. the state-owned Vattenfall utility is investing $1 billion in wind and wants to build Northern-Europe's biggest wind farm), but because of a near meltdown. A former director of the Forsmark nuclear plant said: "It was pure luck that there was not a meltdown. Since the electricity supply from the network didn't work as it should have, it could have been a catastrophe." Without power, the temperature would have been too high after 30 minutes and within two hours there could have been a meltdown. That's right, a 2 hour window between malfunction and meltdown. Greenpeace has called for the inspection of all nuclear plants worldwide: "It appears that the fault in the backup power systems originates from new equipment installed in 1993. Not exactly reassuring that faulty equipment, vital for preventing a meltdown, went undetected for 13 years. The same equipment now uncovered to be faulty is also installed on other nuclear power plants in other countries." Finland's reactors seemed to have coped better with the blackout, but just last year, France, Germany and Spain were having problems with their nuclear plants during the heatwave and had to "override their own environmental norms on the maximum temperature of water drained from the plants' cooling systems [into rivers]." ::Near-meltdown incident at Swedish nuclear reactor. See also: ::Sweden To Detox From Oil By 2020, ::Sweden Raises The Renewable Energy Bar, ::Sweden Again Meets Renewable Energy Target, ::Just Where Does Sweden Get Off?