Event Report: Illinois nuke loses emergency communications systems

The Clinton nuclear power plant lost all offsite communications abilities yesterday afternoon when utility workers offsite accidentally cut an underground cable, severing the phone lines to the plant. Lost systems included the plant’s Health Physics Network, Emergency Notification System and the Emergency Response Data System, which sends information to the NRC in an accident. The phone line was restored more than three hours later.

The nuclear industry always touts its redundancy, with backup safety systems to reduce the possibility of a serious accident. Apparently, emergency communications is the exception, when a single offsite accident can leave a nuclear plant unable to communicate with the NRC.



About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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