Just a few items from this week’s Event Reports at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission website:
- On Wednesday, the Seabrook nuclear station informed the NRC that the facility’s sole reactor had shut itself down just before 3 am following a turbine trip. Cause of the turbine trip is under investigation.
- On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Radiation Protection reported an incident to the NRC that took place almost ten days earlier. PSC Metals in Beaver Falls noted high radiation levels in its shredder. Apparently, they had shredded a large radium source that and then shipped the scrapped metal to two destinations without performing a required outbound radiation monitoring. (I wonder why the facility was not required to monitor incoming material, which would have prevented the shredding from happening in the first place.) The shredder was isolated and additional radiation monitoring was done, which showed some contamination to the gloves of two employees.
- And on Monday, the Grand Gulf station in Mississippi reported that a contract supervisor had failed a followup Fitness for Duty test for alcohol. The supervisor’s access to all Entergy facilities has been terminated.