Monthly Archives: September 2011

Four incidents from today’s NRC Event Reports

A fire alarm in containment, a toxic chemical leak, elevated tritium levels and failure of two Emergency Diesel Generators top Friday’s NRC Event Reports: 1. During startup yesterday morning, operators at the Robinson nuclear power plant in South Carolina declared … Continue reading

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Compensation, cleanup may leave TEPCO a “Zombie Company”

Bloomberg Business Week reported today: Tokyo Electric Power Co., which faces damages of at least 4.5 trillion yen ($59 billion) for the Fukushima nuclear disaster, may be consigned to a future as a “zombie company” requiring constant government funding. The … Continue reading

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This just in: 5.6 earthquake shakes Fukushima

In the last half-hour, CBS News reported: A strong earthquake has rocked northeastern Japan, which is still recovering from the devastating tsunami six months ago. The quake Thursday had a preliminary magnitude of 5.6. There were no immediate reports of … Continue reading

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Alabama reactor shuts down unexpectedly

Yesterday morning, the Unit 3 reactor at Browns Ferry in Alabama suffered an automatic reactor trip following a turbine trip. Cause of the shutdown is under investigation.  

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Strike deadline looms at New York nuclear plant

The Syracuse Post-Standard reported this morning: A contract covering 238 of the 657 employees at James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power plant in Scriba expires Friday night, creating the potential for a strike if no agreement is reached. Plant owner Entergy … Continue reading

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Vermont reactor powering back up after pump failure

The Brattleboro Reformer reported today: As of Monday evening, Vermont Yankee technicians were troubleshooting a recirculation pump system in an attempt to return the nuclear power plant to maximum output. On Sunday at 11 p.m., an electrical problem in a … Continue reading

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Automatic reactor trip at South Carolina reactor

Yesterday morning, the Unit 1 reactor at the Robinson nuclear plant in South Carolina shut down unexpectedly. The cause of the trip was a low water level to one of the reactor’s steam generators. The unit is in Hot Standby, … Continue reading

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