The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently released a list of the highest risk plants and Callaway was ranked 104 out of 104. Warren Witt with Ameren Missouri is a former Callaway plant manager. He says there are a couple of reasons for the safety rating at Callaway.
“One, it’s one of the newest plants in this country so it was designed to more rigid standards than some of the older plants because standards always get more rigid they never relax,” Witt said. “So being one of the newer ones it was forced to be designed and built to more rigid standards and because of the New Madrid earthquake it was analyzed for bigger earthquake potentials.”
The plant was built based on the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812. Witt reminds us that the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan withstood the earthquake with the tsunami causing the plant’s current crisis.