Category Archives: Salem

Event Reports: Seven reactors shut down in just eight days

Sorry to have been silent for a while, but I got a new job that’s keeping me pretty busy. But this last two weeks have been busy at the nation’s nuclear power plants. These are just the reactor shutdowns: 1. … Continue reading

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Bolt problem at New Jersey nuke was known issue for decades

Delaware Online reported yesterday: Bolts that failed by the dozen inside four Salem Unit 2 reactor coolant pumps, idling the plant for months, were made of a metal alloy deemed unsuitable for nuclear reactors as long ago as 1984, industry … Continue reading

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Update: Bolt failure at New Jersey nuke may have damaged reactor

As I told you last week, workers at the Salem nuclear power plant in New Jersey found multiple sheared bolts in the impeller system in three out four reactor coolant pumps in the Unit 2 reactor. An update today in … Continue reading

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Multiple bolt failures found in reactor coolant system at New Jersey nuke

Delawareonline reported today: …workers have found complete failure of all bolts securing water-pushing impellers in three of four Salem Unit 2 reactor coolant pumps, with investigations continuing inside the last. The findings emerged after a discovery of broken parts in … Continue reading

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Nuclear industry spends $80 million on two emergency response centers to deal with “unthinkable disasters”‏

Three years after the Fukushima disaster, the nuclear industry still says that nothing comparable could happen in the United States. But an article in yesterday’s Arizona Republic seems to indicate that they may be planning for The Big One: The … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Reactor shutdowns in Illinois, Georgia and New Jersey

Three reactors had problems that led to shutdowns over the weekend, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Report page: 1. Saturday morning, Unit 2 at the Dresden nuclear plant in Illinois automatically shut down on a sudden pressure relay … Continue reading

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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: Reactor scrams in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas and New Jersey; excess radiation in Minnesota, a fire in New York, a toxic gas release in Ohio and a drunken supervisor in Florida

This post is kind of lengthy, as I haven’t been able to get around to looking at Event Reports for a couple of weeks. Here’s the news: 1. Early in the morning of Friday, November 9, operators at the Susquehanna … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Reactor problems apparently drive nuclear supervisors to drugs

(This is what happens when I get busy trying to earn a living and don’t check the NRC Event Reports every day.) Here’s a summary of some of the incidents reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the first three … Continue reading

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Event Reports: A reactor trip in New Jersey, bad welds and an earthquake in Virginia and continued Fitness for Duty problem at nuke construction site in Georgia

Four items from today’s NRC Event Reports: 1. On Friday afternoon, the Unit 2 reactor at the Salem nuclear power plant in New Jersey experienced an automatic reactor trip. During the incident, two reactor coolant pumps were unavailable, due to a pair … Continue reading

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