Two items from this morning’s NRC Event Reports:
1. The B & W Operating Group, a nuclear fuel fabricating facility in Lynchburg, Virginia, reported that an employee ‘inadvertently’ brought alcohol into the protected area. The employee is being tested under the Fitness for Duty program, and has been barred from the site pending results of the exam.
How do you inadvertenly bring alcohol to work? That excuse wouldn’t work in junior high school. The employee might have been better off claiming that he forgot the beer in his back pocket because he was drunk.
2. On Monday, the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona discovered that one of its emergency sirens was not working. Because it was a single siren, the plant was not required to report the outage to the NRC. On Wednesday, however, Maricopa County officials reported that another siren was out of service.
“Since siren 1 remains out of service pending repairs, and siren 6 is now out of service, the loss of the two sirens constitutes a loss of capability to alert a large segment of the population for greater than one hour and is reportable. This is a reportable event as a loss of communication and assessment capability that could potentially impact a population of greater than 10 percent of the people in the 10-mile emergency planning zone (approximately 750 people affected).”
Fear not, however. Palo Verde has a backup plan:
“If an event occurs while the sirens are out of service, the Palo Verde Emergency Plan has a contingency for dispatching (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office) vehicles with loudspeakers to alert persons within the affected area. The MCSO is prepared to implement this contingency should it become necessary.)