Yeah…I’m thinking I wouldn’t. Turns out that a lot of civilian nuclear power plants are Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) vs the Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR ) that you and I are familiar with.
For those playing at home who may not be nuclear power trained or a mechanical engineer, a picture:
The key sentence here, “Water that is turned to steam never mixes with the water in the first loop.”
The US Navy uses PWRs…why? Probably because they are a lot safer. A submariner friend of mine once explained it this way “We like to keep the radioactivity in the radiation tank and out of the people tank.”
OK, technically in a BWR it’s a closed loop and the pipes are all shielded once they leave the containment vessel…but why chance it…
Fukushima’s reactors were BWRs. Those “closed” loops at Fukushima NPP rapidly became a very open loops once the H2 explosions started and blew things up.
I’ve seen a couple of years on ships with PWRs with narry a worry. But when a doctor hands you a couple of Iodine tablets saying, “You may need these…we’ll tell you when.”, it gives you a gut-level distrust of BWRs…just say’n.