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As we have discussed here before, The GE Mark 1 BWR (Boiling Water Reactor) has its root in the 1950,s.  Back then the engineers could not have imagined supporting this design in the year 2011.  It is sort of like trying to get a 1955 Chevy to meet all of todays safety and crash standards.  In fact GE has done a remarkable job.  It is also a testament to the sheer robustness of the design.

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      As the most powerful earthquake in 140 years struck Japan, experts from across the globe are eagerly awaiting the data.  It is a once in lifetime oppurtunity to make nuclear generation safer throughout the world.  This disaster also highlights the robustness of the safety systems, even on the older reactor designs.  Japan has embraced nuclear power due to it’s lack of natural resources and strong contruction and engineering business culture.  53 reactors provide Japan with 35% of its electrical power.  Making it the third largest nuclear power generating country on earth.