Another Dismal world record

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raspberry-blower
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Another Dismal world record

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In the US a nuclear reactor takes 43 years to become fully operational.

Then this:
More than four decades after construction began, the Watts Bar-2 reactor was finally connected to the grid on 3 June 2016. However, two days later, while operating at 12.5 percent power, the reactor automatically shut down.

According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the reactor tripped when a high pressure turbine valve failed to open. As of 8 June 2016, the reactor has not restarted and no restart schedule has been fixed yet, according to a spokesperson for plant owner the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
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Is this how the reactors at Hinckley Point, Olkiluoto and Flamanville end up? Different types of reactor but a similar outcome?
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