Category Archives: Palo Verde

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: 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 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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Event Reports: Arizona reactor has ‘control rod deviation,’ and an update on Vogtle reactor trip

From today’s NRC Event Reports: 1. Sunday afternoon, operators at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant were performing low power physics testing on Unit 3, preparing to bring the reactor back online following a refueling outage. When inserting a control rod assemby, … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Emergency cooling failure at one nuke in North Carolina, a vague security threat at another, and a suspicious package in Arizona

  Some items from this morning’s NRC Event Reports page:   1. Yesterday evening, a fault in a common electrical component shut down the Emergency Core Cooling System serving both reactors at the Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina. … Continue reading

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Event Report: Stoned on Duty at Arizona nuke

Wednesday afternoon, a contract employee supervisor at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona tested positive for an illegal substance in a Fitness for Duty screening. The supervisor’s access to the plant has been terminated.  

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Event Reports: Two reactor shutdowns and a case of worker exposure

1. The Unit 1 reactor at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona had to be manually shut down on Tuesday night. Operators were conducting Low Power Physics Testing in preparation for restarting the reactor following a refueling outage when … Continue reading

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