Update: Additional details about accident in which worker fell into reactor pool at San Onofre

 

The North County Times also ran a piece today on the worker who tumbled into the reactor pool while attempting to retrieve a flashlight. The Times article ran a paragraph that minimized the danger to the employee:

Workers already had removed the highly radioactive uranium fuel that normally sits at the bottom of the pool, officials said.

That was followed by a paragraph quoting NRC spokesman Victor Dricks, who seems to have a talent for making a bad situation worse:

Without the fuel present, the most likely source of deadly radiation would be stray fuel particles that could have been floating in the water, said Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks.

Southern California Edison has a plan to prevent falling workers. They plan to tie them down:

Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander … said Edison will revisit its procedures for working around the reactor pool and may require that workers tie off with ropes to a surrounding structure as a way of preventing another incident.

The North County Times noticed something that I had questions about, too: Why didn’t the incident appear on the NRC Event Reports page? The answer:

Edison officials called the NRC to tell them about the fall, Dricks said, but the incident did not appear on a regular list of incident notifications that all nuclear operators must make to the NRC.

Dricks said it was not technically a reportable incident under federal rules. The incident would have been reportable if the worker had received a radiation dose greater than 5,000 millirem, he said. 

Here’s a link: http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/san-onofre-worker-at-nuclear-plant-fell-into-reactor-pool/article_519d459c-19f4-55ed-87c6-8131872e6760.html

 

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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2 Responses to Update: Additional details about accident in which worker fell into reactor pool at San Onofre

  1. Patricia Demaray says:

    JUST WONDERING WHY WERE NOT THE WORKE’R’S NAMES REPORTED ? WAS IT JUST THAT THE USUAL REQUIRED VALUE OF “REPORTER’S DRAMA ” HAD BEEN MET AND NO MORE WAS NEEDED AND NAMES OF THE FLESH AND BLOOD INJURED WAS NOT FELT TO BE IMPORTANT? WAS IT CONCIEVEABLE THAT THIS MAN (OR 2 AS IT HAS BEEN GOSSIPED ) HAS CARING FRIENDS THAT MIGHT WANT TO RECIPRICATE PAST GOOD WILL ON HIS /THEIR PARTS AND OFFER HELP TO KEEP THEIR RENT AND UTILITIES PAID AS THEY FIGHT TO RECOVER , VISIT THEM , OR AT THE LEAST SEND FLOWERS ? THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS NOT ALWAYS CAUGHT UP IN THE POLITICS OF JOURNALISM. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE HUMANITY THEN SENSATIONALISM. IT TOOK A GRANDCHILD IN MY CASE TO PASS ON THE HORRIBLE NEWS OF OUR FRIEND. IF ‘WORD OF MOUTH” IS PROVING MORE EFFICIENT IN TERMS OF
    “WHO ,WHAT ,WHY AND WHERE” PERHAPS WE NEED LESS PRESS GLITZ AND MORE DOWN HOME ” HEY MURRY …. DID YOU HEAR WHAT HAPPENED TO ‘RICK’. ………….”
    COULD BE ONE EXPLAINATION OF WHY PRINT IS DYING.
    p.

    • The names of individuals are never included on the NRC website, which was the source for my post. Over the last several years, the NRC has become less and less specific with the items appearing on its Event Reports page.

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