Category Archives: Fire

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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Event Report: LaSalle nuclear fails unplanned fire drill

Illinois’ LaSalle nuclear power plant reported that operators received a fire alarm from the Unit 2 Reactor Building at 7:57 yesterday morning. A fire team was dispatched and confirmed at 8:17 that there was no fire. However, LaSalle’s license requires … Continue reading

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Federal mine safety inspectors cite WIPP for 52 workplace violations

Reuters reported yesterday: The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in June inspected the surface facilities at the sprawling (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) complex near Carlsbad and issued 52 citations, ranging from exposed electrical wiring to housekeeping matters, plant … Continue reading

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Event Reports: A toxic gas release in Ohio, diesel generators inoperable in New York, a defect in the reactor coolant system in North Carolina, a fire in the turbine building in Illinois and yet another open door in New York

A number of items from today’s Event Notification Report page on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission website: 1. Yesterday afternoon, the Perry nuclear power plant in Ohio declared an Unusual Event after Trichloroethylene was detected in the Off-gas building. The leak … Continue reading

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Breaking news: Fire in turbine building shuts down one reactor at Illinois nuke; partial evacuation of plant ordered

The Quad-City Times reported this afternoon: Three hours after a possible fire put the Cordova nuclear plant on alert, station officials were evaluating whether to terminate the emergency status. Workers at Exelon Nuclear’s Quad-Cities Generating Station noticed smoke in a … Continue reading

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WIPP update: DOE report into underground fire finds safety flaws at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

The Albuquerque Journal reported yesterday morning: Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response and oversight at the troubled southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently … 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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