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NRC Event Report: Two North Texas reactors on emergency power after cable supplying offsite power is cut

Wednesday afternoon, operators at the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in North Texas declared an Unusual Event for both the station’s reactors after offsite power was lost. The Emergency Diesel Generators for both reactors started automatically when offsite power ceased. … Continue reading

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Update: Comanche Peak expansion suspended

I wrote on Monday that the attempt to expand Texas’ Comanche Peak nuclear power plant was in trouble due to an unexpected shutdown of Unit 2 during testing, a negative safety report from the Government Accountability Office and a looming bankruptcy deadline. … Continue reading

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Lots of bad news for a nuke that wants to expand….

  This day started out with a visit to the NRC Event Reports page where I found out that last Friday night, the Unit 2 reactor at the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant tripped during testing. The automatic shutdown occurred … Continue reading

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Useful fact buried in puff piece about nuclear snow

 Mark Johnson, chief meteorologist for Cleveland’s News Channel 5, posted this today:  “… have you ever heard of nuclear power plant snow? Well it happened recently in western Pennsylvania. The Doppler radar from the nearby National Weather Service Office in … 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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Radioactive waste moving through Southern California on way to Utah

  One of the selling points when Waste Control Specialists made its case to the Texas Legislature for permission to build a low-level radioactive waste dump in West Texas was that most low-level waste is innocuous, consisting largely of what … Continue reading

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Event Report update: Comanche Peak reactor scrammed

Yesterday, I told you that Unit 1 at the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in north Texas experienced an unexpected activation of the reactor’s emergency systems. Despite the problems, the plant continued to operate the reactor at 100 per cent … Continue reading

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Event Report: Safety systems switch on unexpectedly at Comanche Peak

The Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in North Texas told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that its Unit 1 reactor had an unexpected activation of two of its emergency systems yesterday afternoon. Plant officials said that the reactor’s Blackout Sequencer faulted, … Continue reading

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Lost radioactive rod found in West Texas; exposure to Halliburton’s lost radioactive source could have been lethal

After a search that involved state officials, Halliburton employees and the National Guard, a potentially lethal radioactive source has been recovered near Pecos, Texas. As The Guardian reported: The US oilfield services company Halliburton has found a seven-inch radioactive rod … Continue reading

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Small victories are certainly better than big defeats; Exelon cancels plans to build new reactors at South Texas site

The site pictured above will remain as is for awhile, as Exelon announced this week that it was withdrawing its site application for two new reactors near Victoria, Texas. As the World Nuclear News reported yesterday: Exelon has completely stopped … Continue reading

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