Computer models do not reflect reality at Vermont Yankee

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.


2 thoughts on “Computer models do not reflect reality at Vermont Yankee

  1. Pat

    It seems that bad science is supporting bad politics all over the place of late.How do we address this knowledge gap?

  2. andrewblarkin Post author

    We should address this problem with critical thinking and education. However, there is fierce competition with the media, which tends to support corporate interests. Turn off the television. Scientific endeavors are often corrupted by money.
    We need to get the money out of politics and also out of science.


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