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Nov 18, 2009

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On sprinklers

The failure to provide fire sprinkler protection at a nuclear facility is bad enough but the cost that you mentioned in the letter to Secretary Steven Chu of over $10 Million to replace 130 sprinkler heads is in itself outrageous. Simple math indicates that the cost would be over $33,333 per sprinkler head. The most expensive sprinkler head that I have ever heard of is just less than $300 and the cost to install it about $150 to $200. Granted there may be additional costs for working in a nuclear reactive atmosphere and for disposal of irradiated sprinklers, but over $30,000 dollars? They must be made of solid Gold or Platinum and then they wouldn’t be listed for use as a fire sprinkler.

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