ABC News (AU): Fire burning at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor — “They cannot locate the source” — HazMat teams at scene

Published: January 7th, 2013 at 9:02 pm ET


Title: Fire burning at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor
Source: ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Date: Updated Jan 7 2013 at 8:45p ET
h/t Anonymous tip

Fire burning at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor

A fire has broken out in an electrical substation building at the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney’s south. […]

Reactor officials say there is no need for significant concern about the blaze.

Title: Fire at NSW nuclear research facility
Source: 3 News
Date: Jan 7 2013 8:23p ET

[…] The fire is in an electrical substation at the rear of the Lucas Heights facility, reports AAP. […]

A New South Wales fire superintendent, Tom Cooper, told AAP three fire crews and hazardous materials teams were at the scene.

“They’ve got smoke evident in two rooms of this outbuilding, they cannot locate the source of this fire,” he said.

*UPDATE at ~9p ET* ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

Lucas Heights fire contained

[…] Smoke has filled the building from what is believed to be an electrical fault but firefighters are yet to find the source.

A fire brigade spokesman says the reactor is not in any danger.

Published: January 7th, 2013 at 9:02 pm ET


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29 comments to ABC News (AU): Fire burning at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor — “They cannot locate the source” — HazMat teams at scene

  • norbu norbu

    "A fire brigade spokesman says the reactor is not in any danger" wow I feel so much better now.

    • gottagetoffthegrid

      Lets see sub station is burning.

      Substation provides off site power to the reactor.
      No off site power = generator power.

      No problem if the fuel tanks are full and dont start on fire…

      Man! What a crappy POS design.

      World-wide shutdown now!

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      The hotter it gets, the more of these reactors will drop like flies behind a hot window, with no way out.

      Global warming is real, and nuclear reactors will be one of the casualties.

      They need to keep running 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

      If they have to shut down months each year due to hot weather, it makes them even more expensive than they already are.

      • Anthony Anthony

        This Australian heatwave is like touching the Sun. They had to add two new colors to the heat wave map. Up to 50 Celsius. Something is really wrong somewhere. Same time in China they are 40 below.

  • ion jean ion jean

    They made a new PR phrase "significant concern"

  • Paiute023 Paiute023

    an idea and concept ,i'm working on to help HAZMAT and others:Look under :An American Paiute Indian

  • It has been QUITE hot there — I would expect the water to be too warm to cool a reactor or the SPFs — may that have had an effect?

  • pierre

    oh, so NPPs were not designed to operate above 42C for weeks, nor next to Tsunami prone coastlines. whoda thunk it? doh!

  • cardi77u

    i might be wrong, but that reactor is not a power producing station. I don't think Australia has any nuclear power, just the odd reactor used for other reasons?

    • Anthony Anthony

      Everybody seems to have a weapons production machine though….

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Richard is involved in some activism down under. Maybe he can provide some answers. Guessing it's the middle of the night there right now, but I bet he'll chime in in the AM hours (if he hasn't already).

  • Sickputer

    Not a working commercial reactor, but it has built up a big spent fuel load over the decades:

    Excerpt: "Two nuclear reactors have been built at Lucas Heights. The smaller reactor Moata has been mothballed. The larger reactor HIFAR (High Flux Australian Reactor) is over 40 years old (began operations in 1958) and is due to be shut down within the next ten years.

    A decision has been made to replace HIFAR with a bigger reactor built in Argentina. This project awaits the drawing up of firm plans for the management of nuclear waste from the reactor. These plans have been set back by the South Australian Government's decision to prohibit importation of intermediate and high level nuclear waste into SA"

  • richard richard

    yes, as SP says, it's not for power production.

    it's also a scorcher of a day. i was almost going to post a comment about it earlier, then thought it was trivial. starting a fire at LH wasn't something i'd thought of.

    here is a pic from the last time i drove by with a dosimeter.

    current outdoor reading in suburban sydney is 0.11 µSv/h.

    here's an update. —————————-

    A nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights is safe after an electrical fire in a substation was extinguished, the operator says.

    Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Tom Cooper said firefighters were called to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), in southern Sydney, at 10.36am on Tuesday.

    He told AAP the fire was in an electrical substation at the back of the facility.

    The site contains two nuclear reactors.

    A statement from ANSTO said there were reports of smoke, before their on-site fire crews extinguished a fire in electrical wiring.

    "It is not believed that this is related to the current weather conditions," the statement said.

    “The OPAL reactor is shut down and is safe. The issue was dealt with within around one hour, no injuries have been reported, and there is no ongoing issue at the site."

    Read more:

  • m a x l i

    From Wikipedia:
    >>>Lucas Heights is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 31 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire. Lucas Heights is located on the Woronora River, which flows north into the Georges River.

    Unusually for a suburb, Lucas Heights does not contain a residential area. The residential area previously part of Lucas Heights was renamed Barden Ridge in 1996 to increase the real estate value of the area, as it would no longer be instantly associated with the HIFAR nuclear reactor.<<<

    Interesting that the value of a piece of land can rise or fall by giving it a different name. Maybe Japan should be renamed to "East Asia Islands"?

    But more seriously: The Lucas Heights example is a clear indication, indisputable and measurable in Australian Dollars, that despite all propaganda that nuclear power is safe, safe, safe – just like eating bananas, the average australian real-estate consumer thinks differently.

  • richard richard

    12:43pm: Some more information on the fire reported at Lucas Heights. It appears cables overheated, causing the substation to fill with smoke.

    "It is not a blazing fire, it is smouldering cables, and the smoke has cleared,’’ a Fire and Rescue spokeswoman told our reporter Ben Cubby.

    "The reactor is backed up (by a generator) and functioning.’’

    The substation, which is next to the nuclear reactor complex, has been shut down.

    Read more:

  • Aye, once an electrical cable gets warm lt's resistance increases, leading it to get warmer…there's only one place it's going after that..
    mmkay, 1958.. that makes the cabling a collectors item, if not an antique in most trade circles..

  • Ganxet Ganxet

    ANSTO lied when said no radioactive material on a 1980's crashed truk.

    The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has issued a statement saying the 1980 accident did not involve "material or vehicles associated with ANSTO's predecessor, the Australian Atomic Energy Commission (AAEC), nor did it originate from Lucas Heights".
    See your ad here

    The ANSTO statement said records from February 1981 state the following:

    "The AAEC was not officially concerned with any aspect of the accident involving a truck carrying radioactive materials, insecticide and food which occurred on the Pacific Highway near Laurieton on 4 December 1980. The only indirect AAEC involvement occurred because [AAEC employee, name withheld] was holidaying in the area and he offered his services in an advisory capacity to the Police … "

    "Records from April 1981 state the following:

    "The sources were not the property of the AAEC, nor were they being consigned to or from the AAEC. They were the property of a 'geophysical' company and do not appear to have suffered any harm.

    1980's video here…

    seems radioactive material , isn't it?

  • Ganxet Ganxet

    can you see labels showing radioactive III ?

    Radioactive Yellow III-Packages with external contact radiation levels of greater than 50 mR/hr to no more than 200 mR/hr. The maximum allowable transport index for this label is 10.

    wasn't it radioactive material?

    isn't it a radioactive fire?

  • owlafaye

    This rash of nuclear events is not accidental nor was the 9/11 WTC debacle a "terrorist attack"

    Google Dr. Judy Wood, start reading about what may really be happening.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Makes perfect sense. I've been using Rife technology for several years to treat illness. Dr. Rife was said to have been inspired by Tesla, and to have applied Tesla's discoveries on the microscopic scale.

      Dr. Rife's technology was also seized and his lab was destroyed.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    IAEA, WHO, NRC And Others; A Web Of Deception? via A Green Road

    Ann Harris; Exposes TVA, NRC, And NEI Corruption And Coverups; via A Green Road

    Secrecy, coverups and lies are par for the course…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear plants vent radioactive steam at will. And we ingest it, unknowingly. Happens frequently, and will forever, until the day we outlaw this dangerous technology.

  • RADS

    92,960,000 miles from the earth to the sun, and still the sun causes cancer. Its a great idea to put the same principal on the troposphere, and better yet, make it all for weapons of war on the population. Great minds up to no good at all, these atoms aren't very peaceful after all.