Monthly Archives: September 2012

Radioactive waste transportation accident in Nebraska

The Lincoln (NB) Journal Star reported yesterday: A stretch of Nebraska 2 in east Lincoln was closed to traffic for several hours Saturday after a container of radioactive waste slid into the sleeper cab of a flatbed trailer that was … Continue reading

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Another installment of: “Is it just me, or is this a stunningly stupid idea?” Exxon plans to drill in area where Soviets dumped nuclear waste

  Bloomberg Businessweek reported on Tuesday:   The Kara Sea, a body of Arctic waters so remote that the Soviet Union used it as an atomic- waste dump for more than 25 years, has become the focus of an environmental … Continue reading

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Steel beam falls into spent fuel pool during cleanup at Fukushima Unit 3

World Nuclear News reported yesterday: An incident occurred in the course of the work on 22 September when a truss about seven metres long and weighing about 470 kilograms slipped into the fuel pond during remote cutting and handling. Tepco … Continue reading

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Fitness for Duty report: Nuclear control room operator fails alcohol test

Even the biggest apologists for nuclear power will have trouble wishing this one away. The Norristown, Pennsylvania, Times-Herald reported yesterday: An operator in the reactor control room of Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station was found to be under the influence … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Scrams in Michigan, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania, a leaking reactor vessel head in Illinois, a Fitness for Duty report in Florida, and an employee injury in Illinois

Apologies for the lack of posting lately. Here’s a summary of some of last week’s Event Reports at the NRC website: 1. On Friday, September 14, Unit 2 at the Fermi nuclear power plant in Michigan suffered an automatic shutdown … Continue reading

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