Event Report: Florida nuke manually shut down following Steam Bypass Control System

Early Saturday morning, operators at the Saint Lucie nuclear power plant in Florida manually shut down the Unit 1 after the Steam Bypass Control Valve opened unexpectedly, causing the steam temperature to drop. Cause of the valve malfunction is under investigation.

There is a question raised by the Event Report: Where does the steam go when that particular valve opens? Is it vented to containment, or is there an atmospheric release? In a number of steam leak incidents, there have been releases of tritium along with the steam.

 

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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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