Category Archives: Drunk at work

Event Reports: Another nuke has a heat sink problem, and a drunk foreman is terminated at Michigan nuke‏

I told you earlier this week about the problem the Turkey Point nuclear power plant is having in attempting to hold down the temperature of the canals that serve as the Ultimate Heat Sink (UHS) for the facility. These canals … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Earthquake felt on-site at Arizona nuke, Fitness for Duty failures in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, alarm failure reported in Illinois and high winds felt at Iowa nuke

Some items from this week’s Events Notification Report page on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website: 1. On Saturday night, Arizona’s Palo Verde nuclear power declared an Unusual Event after an earthquake was felt on-site. The shaking was the result of … Continue reading

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Event Report: Drunk supervisor at North Carolina nuke

According to a report today on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Report, a supervisor at the McGuire nuclear power plant in North Carolina tested positive for alcohol in a random Fitness for Duty screening. The supervisor’s access to both … Continue reading

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Event Reports: A New Jersey reactor scrams when the unit is offline, and yet another drunken operator

From today’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Reports page: 1. The Reactor Protection System for Unit 1 at the New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear power plant activated unexpectedly yesterday evening. This came as a surprise because the reactor was offline … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Failed Fitness for Duty reports in four nuclear power plants

Four nuclear power plants reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the last two weeks that employees had failed Fitness for Duty screens for drugs or alcohol. Alcohol was the culprit at Sequoyah in Tennessee and at Browns Ferry in … 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: Reactors shut down in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Tennessee, and another alcohol-at-work incident; Minnesota incident involves small fires in both Emergency Diesel Generators

(Just a note on the above illustration: It’s from a gallery of Power Plant Trading Cards at: http://www.industcards.com/. I don’t make this stuff up, I just make fun of it.) Some items from this week’s NRC Event Reports page: 1. … Continue reading

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