samhill wrote:On the bright side a coal plant can be torn down & a new cleaner one built in it's place in a few decades after the NG becomes too expensive. What's going to happen when our Nuke Plants become too old?
Tear down the old ones and build new ones. Only thing holding back new reactors right now is cost. All the companies are looking for government subsidy to build new plants.
There are 2 types of plants in the works. One is ready to build, same type being built in China right now. The other is the Small Modular Reactor which is 10-15 years off from production.
Once the existing plant is decommisioned, you tear it down and clean it up just like any other coal or industrial plant. And the standards for nuclear are much more strict than other plants.
We've already decommisioned one plant at our site. You wouldn't know there was ever a plant there. Looks like a parking lot or grassy field.