Monthly Archives: July 2012

Peruvian radiographer loses part of finger following radiation exposure incident in France; two other workers exposed

The World Nuclear News just reported: A Peruvian radiographer has lost part of a finger after working with an unshielded iridium-192 source. The event is classified a ‘serious incident’ at Level 3 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES). Details … Continue reading

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Update on NRC Bulletin on electrical problems: Problem in April with South Carolina nuke may be related

The NRC is threatening the Catawba nuclear plant in South Carolina with increased inspections following a loss of power incident in April. The details, as reported by South Carolina newspaper The State, sound as if they might be the same … Continue reading

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Event Report: Another Fitness for Duty Report from the Vogtle construction site

Yesterday, a non-licensed employee supervisor at a construction site at the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia tested positive for alcohol in a Fitness for Duty test. This was a follow up test for an individual who had previously tested positive. The … Continue reading

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NRC Bulletin warns plants of potential design flaw that could affect electrical systems following loss of offsite power

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a Bulletin today requesting information from all 104 operating commercial nuclear reactors in the United States. According to an NRC press release: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a Bulletin to all nuclear power plant … Continue reading

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Record heat reduces nuclear output to 9-year low

Bloomberg Business Week reported yesterday: Nuclear-power production in the U.S. is at the lowest seasonal levels in nine years as drought and heat force reactors from Ohio to Vermont to slow output. Generation for the 104 plants in the U.S. … Continue reading

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Forty Indian nuclear workers exposed to radiation

The South African publication Times Live reported yesterday: More than 40 workers at a nuclear power station in northern India have bee exposted to tritium radiation in two separate leaks. The first accident occurred on June 23 when 38 people … Continue reading

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Maryland nuke shut down following leak in monitoring system just reported: A leak from a monitoring instrument line on Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 resulted in the second shutdown of the unit in the same week. The leak from a reactor coolant pump differential-pressure sensing line, … Continue reading

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Event Report: New Jersey nuke shuts down after losing offsite power

Early Monday morning, the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey declared an Unusual Event after losing offsite power. The reactor shut down automatically. The loss of power caused the start of the plant’s Emergency Diesel Generators. Offsite power was restored after … Continue reading

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British nuke leaking, shut down

Reuters just reported: EDF Energy on Friday stopped the 610-megawatt (MW) unit 2 at its Heysham 1 nuclear power plant to repair a leak in a pipe and postponed a planned outage on the plant’s unit 1 which was scheduled … Continue reading

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