Category Archives: Research reactors

Event Reports: Operator error at a research reactor in Colorado, and commercial reactor shutdowns in Georgia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Some items from today’s Event Notification Report page on the NRC website: 1. Yesterday morning, a research reactor in Colorado licensed to the U. S. Geological Survey was being put through a surveillance test that involved increasing the reactor’s output. … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Emergency sirens inoperable in North Carolina, an automatic reactor trip in Arkansas and an untended research reactor in Texas

Some items from today’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Report page: 1. Yesterday morning, operators at the Harris nuclear power plant in North Carolina discovered that all of the plant’s emergency notification sirens were inoperable. The sirens were returned to … Continue reading

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Event Report: MIT research reactor shut down following radiation monitor problems

MIT reported to the NRC this morning that it had shut down its 6 megawatt reseach reactor early Sunday morning. The reactor shut itself down following a high radiation reading during startup. MIT initially thought that the signal was the result … Continue reading

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Event Report: Faulty fuel temperature indicator found at University of Texas research reactor‏

I live in Austin, Texas, about 15 miles from the University of Texas’ research reactor. (It used to be closer, but the University moved the little bugger from the main campus and set up shop in North Austin, right across … Continue reading

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