Monthly Archives: April 2012

WCS receives TCEQ approval to begin shipping low level radioactive waste to West Texas

  On Wednesday of this week, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) sent a letter to Waste Control Specialists (WCS) giving them approval to begin shipping low level radioactive waste to their dump site in Andrews County in West Texas. … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Toxic gas in Wisconsin nuke, an oil spill in Michigan, a dead bald eagle in Virginia and a reactor scram at another Michigan plant

Four items from today’s NRC Event Reports: 1. Wednesday evening, the Point Beach nuclear power plant in Wisconsin declared an Alert due to toxic gas in a vital area room. During a maintenace run on the plant’s emergency diesel generator, exhaust … Continue reading

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Attack of the Sea Salp: California nuke shut down by jellyfish invasion‏

On Wednesday, operators at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant manually scrammed the Unit 2 reactor “due to an influx of sea salp – a small, jellyfish-like organism – in the intake structure.” The plant activated the reactor’s auxiliary feedwater … Continue reading

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Fire breaks out at troubled California nuke

The San Onofre nuclear power plant has been shut down since January after a steam tube ruptured and released radioactive steam. Subsequent investigation has found many more worn tubes and has led the NRC to say that the plant will … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Three nuclear facilities fail recent tests

Some items from this morning’s NRC Event Reports page: 1. Global Nuclear Fuels notified the NRC that one of the alarm sirens, part of its onsite Critical Accident Alerm System at its nuclear fuel fabrication facility in Wilmington, North Carolina, was found … Continue reading

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Update: Limerick shutdown resulted in Technical Support System ventilation problems

Yesterday, operators at the Limerick nuclear power plant scrammed the Unit 1 reactor after an electrical problem knocked out the main generator recirculating water pumps. Today, plant owner Exelon filed an Event Report with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that revealed … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania nuclear reactor shut down after losing power to main generator cooling pumps‏

Exelon announced that Unit 1 at the Limerick nuclear power plant was shut down earlier today after losing power to the main generator cooling pumps. There are not a lot of additional details available at this hour, and most of … Continue reading

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