Category Archives: Quad Cities

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: 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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Event Reports: An electrical issue shuts down a reactor in New Hampshire, a leak causes an Illinois reactor to coast to a stop, a Louisiana reactor loses emergency sirens and an earthquake hits a shuttered nuke in California

Some items from today’s Event Notification Report: 1. Early this morning, as operators were ramping down the sole reactor at New Hampshire’s Seabrook nuclear power plant for refueling, the reactor shut itself down and initiated an emergency feedwater activation. The … Continue reading

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Event Reports: New York nuke workers figure out how to get around random Fitness for Duty tests

An interesting item from Monday’s NRC Event Notification Reports page: The FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in New York reported: “A significant Fitness for Duty (FFD) programmatic vulnerability was discovered during an NRC inspection. A potential exists that some members of … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Reactor glitches in Pennsylvania and Illinois

A couple of items from today’s NRC Event Notification page: 1. Late last night, operators at the Limerick nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania manually scrammed the Unit 1 reactor following failure of the unit’s Electro Hydraulic Control system. The EHC … Continue reading

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Exelon threatens to close three Illinois nukes unless the state pays them not to

On the surface, it sounds like good news. Crain’s Chicago Business reported today: Company executives and lobbyists have told lawmakers and other interested parties that three of the six nukes Exelon operates (Byron, Clinton and Quad Cities) are at risk … Continue reading

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