Monthly Archives: November 2011

Fukushima Unit 1 was close to China Syndrome, according to new report

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) just issued a new report on the severity of the damage to the reactors at Fukushima Units 1, 2 and 3, and it is worse than previously thought. The Wall Street Journal reported this morning: … Continue reading

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Event Report: Illinois nuke shuts down after steam valves fail

Yesterday afternoon, operators at the Clinton nuclear power plant in Illinois were ramping down the station’s sole reactor in preparation for refueling. At 16 per cent power, the reactor scrammed on high steam dome pressure after the main steam valves unexpectedly closed. … Continue reading

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Event Report: South Texas nuke shuts down

Reactor 2 at the South Texas Nuclear Project shut down early yesterday morning due to a turbine trip and generator lockout. The unit’s Auxiliary Feedwater system activated following the turbine trip. A steam dump valve failed in the open position … Continue reading

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Dry weather threatening to shut French nukes

Reuters reported this morning: Dry weather conditions are starting to hit output at France’s nuclear reactors with EDF forced to stop one reactor in northern France to protect river flows, EDF said on Monday. France, the European Union’s biggest power … Continue reading

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Canadian nuke fires eleven employees for drug activity at work

A report in this morning’s Montreal Gazette raises more questions than it answers about a recent incident at the Pickering nuclear power plant. According to the Gazette: On Nov. 18, 11 workers at the Pickering nuclear power plant were fired … Continue reading

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TEPCO selling assets to fund compensation efforts

Bloomberg Businessweek reported earlier today: Tokyo Electric Power Co. will raise 186.3 billion yen ($2.4 billion) selling its stake in KDDI Corp., its biggest disposal since saying it plans to offload assets to pay compensation for the Fukushima disaster. The … Continue reading

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Louisiana nuke workers were exposed to radiation in 2009

The Claims Journal reported this morning: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says workers were exposed to a low level of radiation during maintenance work in 2009 at the Entergy Corp.’s Waterford 3 nuclear power plant in Louisiana. The Times-Picayune reports that … Continue reading

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