Tag Archives: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Ralph Nader: Nuclear power is uneconomical, uninsurable, unsafe, unnecessary and unevacuable

Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader published a great summary piece on nuclear power in the Ecologist last Friday: …nuclear power is a government / taxpayer-guaranteed boondoggle whose staggering costs, incurred and deferred, are absorbed by American taxpayers via a supine government … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Missing the point, evasion and other bad writing

Every weekday, I wade through the Event Notification Report section of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website. Today, there was nothing particularly noteworthy from a safety context. However, it was a banner day for confusing and evasive writing. I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Turkey Point granted another 100 million gallons of water per day

As I told you earlier this summer, Florida’s Turkey Point nuclear power plant has a water problem. Specifically, the water in the canals that serve as the station’s Ultimate Heat Sink (UHS) was hotter than the temperature allowed by the … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Emergency notification problems in Kansas and Illinois

A couple of items from today’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Event Notification Report page concern emergency notification systems. 1. The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Kansas suffered a major loss of communications capability yesterday when the plant’s internal phone … Continue reading

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Event Report: Browns Ferry shut down by power surge in generator

The Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama experienced an automatic reactor scram yesterday afternoon after a generator overvoltage caused a turbine trip, taking Unit 1 out of service. The Main Steam Isolation Valves opened to control reactor pressure. The … Continue reading

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Update on Diablo Canyon: Senate committee to hold hearings on closure

Yesterday, I told you that the former NRC resident inspector at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is calling for the facility to be closed over seismic concerns. Today, closure may be one step closer. According to an Associated Press … 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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Former NRC resident inspector says Diablo Canyon should be closed over earthquake concerns

As Northern California begins to recover from a 6.0 magnitude earthquake, a former resident inspector is calling for the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant until the facility’s ability to withstand a major earthquake can be assessed. The … Continue reading

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Update on Peach Bottom feedwater issue: NRC approves increase in maximum power after next refueling outage

The NRC’s timing couldn’t be worse. As I told you earlier today, the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania reported that the Emergency Service Water system that provides cooling water in the event of an accident was inoperable. The … Continue reading

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Event Report: Peach Bottom gets NRC approval to continue operating, despite leak in safety system

The Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania reported that both trains of the Emergency Service Water (ESW) system were inoperable “due to a pin-hole, through wall piping leak.” The leak was discovered Saturday afternoon, and affects the safety of … Continue reading

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