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NutmegYankee

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Gender: Male
Home country: USA
Current location: Oakdale, Connecticut
Member since: Sun Aug 5, 2007, 02:35 PM
Number of posts: 13,691

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Nutmegger is a nickname for a resident of Connecticut. Been a member since 2002, changing username in 2007 with permission from a moderator. My old name was based on my old state.

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Name of a nuclear plant, is it not?

So... you like them nukes? Even took on the name of one, eh?

You're thinking of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station. Vermont is a state in northern New England. Nutmegger = nickname of a resident of Connecticut. My username means Connecticut Yankee. As in I'm a Connecticut Yankee. This state is a little south of Vermont.

Here ya go; Does the water used in nuclear plants steam cycles get irradiated? Why yes, it does!! This idea of yours that water can be purified of nuke contamination by distillation is not very smart. Otherwise nuke plants would just clean up their mess via distillation, and viola! They'd be a little safer. They are not.


Jesus H Christ, where to start with that pile... Distillation concentrates waste left behind when water has boiled off, leaving a heavy brine solution full of metals and other contaminants. For drinking systems, that is discharged back to sea. In a nuclear power plant, that would have to be handled as waste.

Now there are two types of reactors - BWR and PWR. BWR boils water into steam and uses that to drive turbines and then condenses it back to water and recycles it through the reactor. That water does get lightly radioactive due to contaminants from piping that have been bombarded with neutrons becoming radioactive and leaching into the water. (remember, it's very pure water, so metal wants to leach into it)

Now a PWR, which is far more common, keeps the primary coolant loop under very high pressure to raise the boiling point so that the water remains a liquid at temperatures well above 212℉. That water never gets boiled. However that water never touches the turbines as it goes into a shell and tube style heat exchanger and boils a secondary loop. So the turbines don't get contaminated.

The problem you have is you have mixed up your view on nuclear power with my simple discussion of water purification processes. You are exhibiting confirmation bias to simply reject any science that is contrary to the view you hold. That you incorrectly associated my user name with a nuke plant just demonstrates the epic level you had to go to in your mind to attempt to discredit my science discussion. It's the same approach a creationist takes when confronting a biologist.
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