Category Archives: Event Reports

Explosion and fire cause Alert declaration at South Carolina nuclear power plant

Yesterday afternoon, an explosion and fire took place in the Unit 1 transformer at the Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca, South Carolina. The reactor shut itself  down as a result of the incident. According to a report filed today with the … Continue reading

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Water leak forces shutdown at Pennsylvania nuke

Allentown, Pennsylvania’s The Morning Call reported yesterday: A water leak forced the shutdown of PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant Unit 1 early Saturday morning. PPL Susquehanna, a subsidiary of PPL Corp. in Allentown, described the problem in a press release … Continue reading

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Ohio reactor shuts itself down after losing power to cooling water pumps

Yesterday morning, Ohio’s Perry nuclear power plant shut down automatically after a voltage problem rendered the reactor’s cooling water pumps inoperable. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday: An engineering team’s preliminary investigation released early this afternoon determined that a … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Loss of offsite power, seismic vulnerability, a dropped control element assembly and another and another Fitness for Duty violation

This week in nuclear power kicked on Hallloween: 1. Friday afternoon, the Diablo Canyon nuclear power facility in California experienced an unplanned activation of all six of the plant’s emergency diesel generators when a thunderstorm knocked out offsite power to the station. … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Three TVA nuclear plants are downstream from leaking dam

Tennessee anglers may have to find another place to get their PCB- and chlordane-laced catfish if the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) can’t figure out where the dam on Lake Boone is leaking. In three identical reports posted yesterday on the Nuclear Regulatory … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Seven reactors shut down in just eight days

Sorry to have been silent for a while, but I got a new job that’s keeping me pretty busy. But this last two weeks have been busy at the nation’s nuclear power plants. These are just the reactor shutdowns: 1. … Continue reading

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Event Report: Problem at Monticello plant shows why nuke licenses should not be extended

This morning, Minnesota’s Monticello nuclear power plant informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that it had determined that a number of relays in the facility’s sole reactor had exceeded their analyzed shelf life and as a result had been declared … Continue reading

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Event Report: North Anna nuke reports damage to two used fuel rod assemblies

Virginia’s North Anna nuclear power plant reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) this morning that, while removing used fuel rods from the Unit 2 reactor, two damaged used fuel rod assemblies were discovered. According to the Event Report: Initial … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Sealed sources run over, failed to retract, involved in transportation accident, and some poor fool gets the Barney-Watching Job

It’s not often that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Event Notification report has a unifying theme, but today’s page has five incidents, all involving sealed-sources containing radioactive material. 1. Terracon Inc. of Colorado Springs reported that a Troxler moisture-density gauge … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Missing the point, evasion and other bad writing

Every weekday, I wade through the Event Notification Report section of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website. Today, there was nothing particularly noteworthy from a safety context. However, it was a banner day for confusing and evasive writing. I thought I’d … Continue reading

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