Monthly Archives: May 2012

New problem at California nuke: Backup generators might not operate during earthquake

The San Onofre nuclear power plant has been closed for nearly four months while the Nuclear Regulatory Commission wants to know why steam tubes in the plant’s reactors have been showing signs of early wear. Now, plant officials have notified the … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Two stalled reactors have problems on attempted restart

A couple of Event Reports on the NRC website today have a common thread: Reactors that were shut down earlier in the week failed to work properly when operators attempted to restart them: 1. As I told you yesterday, Unit 3 at … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Reactor scrams in Louisiana, Alabama and Massachusetts, Fitness for Duty violations in Alabama and Illinois

Another busy week at the NRC Event Reports page: 1. Monday afternoon, Unit 1 at the River Bend nuclear power plant in Louisiana shut down automatically after low condensor vacuum resulted in a turbine trip. Following the scram, water level in … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Rad waste casks fail to meet standards, operator fails Fitness for Duty test in Wisconsin

  Two items from this morning’s NRC Event Reports page:   1. Energy Solutions notified the Nuclear Regulatory that two types of shipping cask that it provides to the nuclear industry failed to meet technical specifications for some acciddent scenarios. Energy … Continue reading

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Is it just me, or is this a stunningly stupid idea? Georgia company seeks permission to import radioactive waste from Mexico, incinerate it in Washington state

  An Atlanta-based company, Perma-Fix Environmental Solutions Inc., has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to import up to 500 tons of radioactive waste from the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant in Mexico. Perma-Fix wants to ship the waste … Continue reading

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Canadian nuke reports coolant leak, worker exposure to radiation

Hydro Quebec reported that Unit 2 at the Gentilly nuclear power plant leaked heavy water coolant into the facility’s reactor building last week. Two workers were exposed to low levels of radiation in the incident. Details are still thin about … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Reactor problems apparently drive nuclear supervisors to drugs

(This is what happens when I get busy trying to earn a living and don’t check the NRC Event Reports every day.) Here’s a summary of some of the incidents reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the first three … Continue reading

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