Category Archives: Explosion

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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NRC says that 2013 accident at Arkansas nuclear plant was worse than it first appeared

One March 31, 2013, workers at Arkansas Nuclear One, were removing a stator, a large part of a diesel generator, from the generator building. During the loading process, the stator slipped and fell to the floor of the building. One … Continue reading

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Event Reports: An Arizona nuke reports an explosion five months after the fact and a Michigan licensed nuke worker fails a Fitness for Duty test

Two items from this morning’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Report: 1. Last November, the Palo Verde nuclear power plant reported a control room alarm that indicated low fluid pressure in a hyrdaulic accumulator serving a main steam isolation valve … Continue reading

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New report on March 2011 Fukushima disaster says much of water pumped into system never reached reactor cores

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported today: Fire engines were used in a desperate, and ultimately futile, attempt to pump water to cool overheating reactors during the early phase of the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster, Tokyo Electric Power … Continue reading

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Update: NRC Event Report, updates have more details on explosion, fire at Arkansas Nuclear

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission carried an Event Report with a couple of updates concerning yesterday’s explosion and fire at Arkansas Nuclear One’s facility. Here’s a portion of the initial Event Report: At approximately 0748 [CST] on 12/9/2013, an electrical fault occurred … Continue reading

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Update on Arkansas Nuclear: NRC confirms explosion in turbine building, adds that Unusual Event declared, one source of offsite power is also down

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued this statement on the fire and shutdown at Arkansas Nuclear today: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has activated its incident response center in Arlington, Texas, following the declaration of an Unusual Event at the Arkansas Nuclear … Continue reading

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Breaking news: Fire contined at Arkansas Nuclear, one unit offline, explosion in turbine building reported

Reuters reported earlier today: A fire at a nuclear plant in Arkansas operated by Entergy Corp is contained, local media reported on Monday, citing a company spokeswoman. The Courier News newspaper reported the fire broke out in a transformer at … Continue reading

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