Re: Energy and "the Clash of Civilizations" -- a policy thoughtproblem

From: Hubert Mania (
Date: Sun Sep 30 2001 - 03:38:01 MDT

I said:

> > The attacks on nuclear plants are a serious problem. And
> > obviously no
> > Government official has ever thought about an *intentionally initiated*
> > plane
> > crash. Imagine a Boeing 747, heading from Frankfurt to the USA is going
> > to be hijacked and with the full load of fuel is flown at full speed
> > Biblis containment. I bet the concrete shield will not withstand that
> > impact.

and Samatha answered

>I see a bunch of assertions. Where are the facts?

It`s almost impossible to provide decent "facts" concerning 747s and nuke
plants because in order to get decent data you would have to *do* it.

The facts about Biblis security calculations: they were done in the
seventies when no one thought of a deliberate 747 crash. The concrete
containment is two feet thick, whereas more recently built plants have a
containment of six feet. But in Germany we have at least three nuke plant
with only two feet concrete containment. One of them is near Frankfurt, the
other is within the range of Hamburg. All expert said last week that it
would be insincere to claim those reators could be save when terrorists
attack. Those three nuke plants don`t have a chance when hit.

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