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By Béla Lipták, PE, Columnist
I received a number of letters pointing out that I did not give a complete list of the reasons why the old BWR (boiling water reactor) power plants are unsafe (Preventing Nuclear Accidents by Automation -- Part 2).
My reason for not discussing the topics on this list is that my articles deal only with automation errors only, not with general design problems. The purpose of this series is to describe only the automation errors that exist in the old American BWR plants and show how they must be corrected to protect against the repetition of the Fukushima accident. Also, each of my articles deal with only one automation or control error and, therefore, the fact that I did not discuss a measurement or control error yet, does not mean that I will not do that later.