Event Report: Ohio nuke leaking coolant

During a walkdown inspection yesterday evening, technicians at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Ohio discovered what they said was a pinhole leak in a weld in the Reactor Coolant System. The plant’s sole reactor is currently shut down for refueling. As a result of the leak, the plant entered a Technical Specification Limiting Condition for Operation.

An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported:

Davis-Besse was preparing to resume operations after more than a month-long reactor shutdown for refueling and plant maintenance.

In a report early Thursday to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, plant owner FirstEnergy Corp. estimated the leak of radioactive coolant inside the reactor containment building at about one-tenth gallon per minute.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Young said the leaked coolant flowed into a nearby floor drain and was captured for later processing.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/06/davis-besse_1.html

 

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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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