There was a recent report on VPR about the thermal discharge from Vermont Yankee. It states that fhe Computer models used by Entergy did not correspond with reality.
“The actual temperature of the river was higher than what the model predicted it would be. And we used Entergy’s own data at their own monitoring stations to prove that,” he said. But the Connecticut River Watershed Council had argued that the temperature model used by Entergy Vermont Yankee did not reflect the true conditions in the river. Deen said the Agency of Natural Resources agreed with this argument when it drafted the permit.
Frequently in the literature about nuclear science there are references to what the computer models predict. Many of the models are too complex for me to understand. However, I do understand the concept of thermal pollution, as I have discussed in a previous blog. It seems that the scientific principle is that if models do not reflect reality, they should be corrected. It is unsound to use models that do not reflect reality and use them for the purpose of compliance with regulations. This seems to be an example of using bad science to support bad politics. Meanwhile, the Connecticut River has lost its designation as a cold river in the shad run has declined.