Event Reports: Emergency cooling failure at one nuke in North Carolina, a vague security threat at another, and a suspicious package in Arizona

Some items from this morning’s NRC Event Reports page:
1. Yesterday evening, a fault in a common electrical component shut down the Emergency Core Cooling System serving both reactors at the Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina. Operators initiated a Technical Specification Shutdown, and began to ramp down power in both units. During the slow shutdown, Unit 1 developed a second problem with a circulating water pump and had to be manually scrammed. The initial electrical problem has been repaired, and the units are being prepared to come back online.
2. Meanwhile on the other side of the state, the McGuire nuclear power plant was having a security breach, although it’s hard to tell from the report what happened. “Offsite notification to law enforcement agencies was made by the licensee due to an individual making threats against personnel and security at the site.” There have been no press reports on the incident.
3. And in Arizona, plant security was investigating a suspicious package found inside the plant. From the Event Report: “At 1852 hours, Palo Verde Unit 1 was notified of a suspicious package located in the Owner Controlled Area outside the Protected Area. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was contacted for assistance with a bomb disposal unit. Local media has become aware of this event and expressed interest by dispatching helicopters and television crews.”  Local media may have become aware of the event, but that hasn’t resulted in a heck of a lot of additional information. The Arizona Republic did report that the suspicious package was a Wal-Mart bag.

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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