Rural Water District Gets Govt $, Say Contractors Not Working, then Vote to Pay them Anyway?

At this Rural Water District meeting, the directors said that contractors were not working, but I heard them vote to pay them anyway.

I understand that a lot of this money the rural water district got came from Federal & State.  So if the contractors are not working, then why would the board vote to pay them?  Is this an example of government waste?

This Hughes County Rural Water District 2 regular meeting was held by it’s directors on January 16, 2012 in Stuart, Oklahoma at the Senior Citizen Center.

The following is video taken on July 25, 2011 where an Oklahoma state representative Brian Renegar spoke to the town’s citizens about this Rural Water district would be getting government money.

Also, according to  USDA Rural Development July 20, 2011 news release, Hughes County Rural Water District #2 secured a $1.48 million USDA Rural Development grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The press release also said: “The “stimulus” grant, coupled with an $840,000 loan and technical assistance from USDA Rural Development, will be used to rehabilitate three existing wells and develop two additional wells within the district”.

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    before – put the core in a situation where it is getnraeing heat, and remove all of the mechanisms that are available to remove that heat. What are their options? Follow the Three Mile Island (TMI) model. TMI lost its primary heat removal capacity by losing feed water to the steam generators and boiling them dry. So the bad guys trip off the feed system (which can be done from the control room). The generators boil down and the automatic safety systems shut down the reactor! This shut down feature CANNOT BE OVERRIDDEN. When feed water goes away, when steam generator levels drop, the rods go flying in end of story! The same situation applies for a boiling water reactor. The reactor will NOT remain critical under ANY circumstances! But we all know that that devilish Decay Heat still exists, and thats what our bad guys plan to use in order to accomplish their goal. Let’s assume this scenario will play out in about 15 minutes or so from start to finish.Time equals 45 minutes: the reactors’ systems respondThey are off to a good start, right Paul? Well actually not. Because the primary cooling system is designed with several redundant emergency cooling systems which will take over when the normal heat removal mechanism fails.In order for the group to achieve success, they would have to manually defeat and or override all of these installed safety systems. This IS possible, but it involves about an hour of effort put forth by at least two people who must know how to do it. Each plant has at least two independent emergency fill and cooling systems. In order to defeat these systems, one of three things must happen. They must be [1] de-energized, [2] manually turned off, or [3] manually isolated from interacting with the primary coolant system. These operations CANNOT be performed from the control room.[1] The emergency power supply system is independent of the primary supply system. Neither the system nor its controls are located in the control room. The group would have to go to BOTH emergency generator rooms and defeat the systems by disengaging or destroying them.[2] The emergency system controllers are set up with interlocks that prevent them from being turned off during accident situations. The controllers are located near the pumps and equipment and must be overridden locally – Neither the pumps nor their controls are located in the control room.[3] The supply line valves could be closed in order to isolate the systems from interacting with the coolant system, but they are locked in the open position. The valves are located in the mechanical equipment rooms and are MANUALLY operated. The locks would have to be overridden, and then the valves closed. There is no way to close the valves from the control room.Time equals 1 hour and 45 minutes: the systems are defeatedCongratulations to our hearty bad guys, they have successfully stopped the emergency systems from protecting the plant, right Paul? Well not really. You see, the plants cooling system has the ability to store a great amount of energy even if there exists no way to remove that energy. The water and materials will absorb the heat and delay any catastrophic failures from happening for many hours. How can our anti-hero’s stop this from happening? The only way to stop the water from absorbing heat is to remove it from the system or they must cause a major breech in the primary cooling system which will allow the water to escape from the core cavity. They must achieve this goal anyway, if their intention is to release radioactive material into the environment.The system contains drain valves and piping, but they are all intentionally designed very small so that they cannot be used to cause a loss of coolant/loss of pressure accident. They must be manually operated and cannot be opened from the control room. This method alone would take many days in order to be successful.The system also has relief system piping which is designed to vent the water and steam out of the cooling system, but they only open when the pressure rises to high. They cannot be manually opened or opened remotely from the control room. Remember, during the TMI accident, the relief valve opened due to over pressure and got STUCK, that is how they experienced their loss of pressure/loss of cooling accident.So they must physically breech the system. Let’s say they have missiles and hand grenades and such. So they use their explosive devices to do what? All of the reactors coolant system piping and valves are locked up in a 4 foot thick concrete and steel building commonly called the containment building. So they must override the lock on the access door and open it, which by the nature of the door design takes at least 20 minutes to do. Or they get violent and blow the door open. The door weighs about 40 tons and will probably take a half hour to blast through.Time equals 2 hours and 15 minutes: they gain access to their last obstacleNow that they have gained access to the primary coolant boundary, all they have to do is launch some explosive devices into the vessel or some of its piping, or perhaps a steam generator and they get the breech that they have been hoping for, right Paul? Well, even if they finally succeed at breeching the cooling system, they still have not created a circumstance which threatens anyone outside of the plant yet. Once the breech has been achieved, they have steam escaping and pressure dropping. After about an hour or so (depending on the size of the breech), the fuel will become uncovered and begin to heat up beyond its design temperature. Of course, in the meantime, they are not worried about being discovered because they are inside a building they are now filling with steam.Time equals 3 hours and 15 minutes: fuel damage occursAfter about another two hours of being uncovered and un-cooled, the clad will melt open and the fission product gasses will escape. The fuel will begin to migrate to the bottom of the pressure vessel where it will collect. After enough fuel collects at the bottom, if any water remains to thermalize neutrons, the system may go critical and generate more heat, but when all of the water has evaporated away, the neutrons will stop being thermalized and the reaction WILL STOP (sorry, no China syndrome in the real world!). Radioactive material will collect in the form of gasses in the containment building and, after they build up enough to fill the volume in the containment dome, they will start to flow through the opening in the containment building. At this point, the bad guys have done about as much as they possibly can. The only thing that would ensure their success is if they could get the radioactive gasses out of the containment building and into the atmosphere where they stand a chance at blowing around until they reach some people. After all, Paul, isn’t that their primary goal to expose population centers to radioactive materials?Time equals 5 hours and 15 minutes: fission product gasses escapeAs you can see from this hypothetical exercise, the circumstances needed in order to succeed at this crazy scheme are impossible to achieve. This scenario assumes time frames which are unrealistically optimistic. It also assumes that the knowledge and skill of the perpetrators is unrealistically high, the capability of the plant personnel and technological security systems is unrealistically poor, and the stealth capability of the criminals is just plain old unrealistic. There are dozens of reasons which can be deduced from this analysis alone which should put your concerns to rest. This scenario is IMPOSSIBLE!And even if it were, the radioactive release would be minimal (sorry, no Chernobyl’s in the Western world), and could be VERY quickly and easily stopped and contained. And of course the bad guys would all die from exposure to the steam they released from the cooling systems. But they are probably prepared to die a slow and painful death for their cause, right Paul? I hope that my efforts will help you gain som inner peace about nuclear plants and terrorists.


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