Alarm at nuclear plant after radioactive leak — “Damaged fuel in reactor” — Workers immediately evacuated from site — Reactor in “a very special condition”… Dangerous neutron flux in core reported (VIDEO)

Published: March 7th, 2017 at 5:49 pm ET
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Nils Bøhmer, nuclear physicist formerly with the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), Mar 3, 2017 (emphasis added): October 25th brought reports that there was a release of radioactive iodine from the Halden Reactor [in Norway]… The iodine emission began when the IFE [Institute for Energy Technology] should have dealt with damaged fuel in the reactor hall. This led to a release of radioactive substances via the ventilation system… The next day, the NRPA conducted an unannounced inspection of the IFE. The situation was still unresolved and radioactive released were still ongoing… The ventilation system was then shut off to limit further releases into the environment. This, in turn, created more serious problems… Pressurize air kept the valves in the reactor’s cooling system open, which in turn stopped the circulation of cooling water. In the following days, the NRPA continued to monitor the reactor’s safety [and] received notice from the IFE that the reactor was in “a very special condition.” What that meant was that the IFE had discovered temperature fluctuations in the reactor vessel indicating an increased neutron flux in the core, and with that the danger of hydrogen formation. Bellona would like to note that it was hydrogen formation in the reactor core that led to a series of explosions at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant… The IFE therefore had to ask the NRPA for permission to open the valves again, even if that meant releasing radiation to the public… It seems [the IFE] further didn’t understand the seriousness of the situation… [We at Bellona are] concerned that the reactor core may become unstable by just closing the vents. Hydrogen formation in the reactor core is very serious, as Fukushima showed…

Media reports after the initial leak:

  • The Independent: Radioactive leak reported at Norwegian nuclear reactor… Staff at the facility were evacuated immediately after the incident… “We will investigate how this could happen and why we were not warned until the following day,” the NPRA said in a statement. Its head of safety, Per Strand, added: “We need to gather more information … But we are not happy with the situation, that we were not warned immediately”…
  • The Local (Norway): Those who were in the reactor hall during the incident were evacuated when an alarm sounded. Workers have since been back in the hall in an attempt to identify the cause and extent of the radioactive discharge… “Our focus now is that IFE gets the leak stopped,” NRPA director Per Strand said…
  • NBC News: Norway Nuclear Reactor Leaks Radioactive Iodine: Officials… “Of course it’s an unfortunate situation but there is a low environmental risk,” said Per Strand, deputy director-general at the [NRPA]… “This is not the sort of leak we want.”
  • Voice of America: “Plant officials said a technical failure during the handling of fuel led to the release of radioactive Iodine-131 and -132 to the reactor hall. They said staff were immediately evacuated”…

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Watch a broadcast on Halden’s radioactive release here

Published: March 7th, 2017 at 5:49 pm ET
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    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Pete – From your link, "The second phase is expected to produce unique data that shows how the fuel ceramic behaves during long periods of operation in a reactor core under various conditions, ". Just a guess but I think it melts……

    • neptune-klm

      How long does it take a o approve a post? I posted something with a link on 3/9 and it's still awaiting moderator approval???

  • The Independent: Radioactive leak reported at Norwegian nuclear reactor… Staff at the facility were evacuated immediately after the incident… “We will investigate how this could happen and why we were not warned until the following day,” the NPRA said in a statement. Its head of safety, Per Strand, added: “We need to gather more information … But we are not happy with the situation, that we were not warned immediately”…
    The Local (Norway): Those who were in the reactor hall during the incident were evacuated when an alarm sounded. Workers have since been back in the hall in an attempt to identify the cause and extent of the radioactive discharge… “Our focus now is that IFE gets the leak stopped,” NRPA director Per Strand said…
    NBC News: Norway Nuclear Reactor Leaks Radioactive Iodine: Officials… “Of course it’s an unfortunate situation but there is a low environmental risk,” said Per Strand, deputy director-general at the [NRPA]… “This is not the sort of leak we want.”
    Voice of America: “Plant officials said a technical failure during the handling of fuel led to the release of radioactive Iodine-131 and -132 to the reactor hall. They said staff were immediately evacuated

  • Sol Man

    Thus, the world was destroyed by incrementalism.

    • rogerthat

      … Wild boar meat is a delicacy in northern Japan, but animals slaughtered since the disaster are too contaminated to eat. According to tests conducted by the Japanese government, some of the boars have shown levels of radioactive element caesium-137 that are 300 times higher than safety standards.

      Authorities in the town of Tomioka say they’ve killed 800 so far, but officials there say that’s not enough, according to Japanese media. The latest statistics show that in the three years since 2011, the number of boars killed in hunts has grown to 13,000 from 3,000. …

      • razzz razzz

        For Japan, springtime is a natural cycle that now injects back into the environment radiocesium via pollen from plants and trees that uptake radio-analogues as part of bio-accumulation, brought to you by the nuke industry. Wild boar and mushrooms becomes part of that cycle.

        'Nukers are Bananas!!'

        "…Radio Strontium, Radio Iodine, Radio cesium have NO PLACE in food. Nuke is not clean, it is not green and it relies on lies it has concocted over decades. Despite the fact that nuclear industry has been a beneficiary of fundamental research into these matters, conducted at taxpayers expense, over many decades. It is as if nuclear industry is blind to the actual findings of Projects Gabriel, Sunshine and the Manhattan Project’s Health Division Findings even though these things were participated in by private nuclear corporations at the time.).."
        https://nuclear-news.net/2015/09/16/potassium-and-cesium/

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        13000 boars killed because they are too radioactive. The horror! What if it was people, or pets? Ape man has so little feeling for the other animals! Poison leads to death, one way or the other, but ape man…our most educated…cant see this simple fact! Sometimes I cant wait until ape man is wiped clean from the earth, or at least reduced to the number of rhinos, tigers and whales.

      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        Germany has the same problem with their wild boar population. Ever since Chernobyl.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Tepco Admits Corium May Be In Ground

    "This new plan assumes fuel to have melted deeply down into the reactor building basemat concrete or potentially through the the ground below. For such a plan to be under development means there is some thought among the decommissioning research teams that a worst case scenario could exist. The same report also includes the controversial sarcophagus plan. Seeing broader planning for potential scenarios would seem a wise move after early work found unexpected surprises causing designers to go back and rework plans."

    "Additional inspection work will be required to determine if this new method will be needed. These would include further inspections inside the containment structures and horizontal drilling below the reactor buildings to obtain soil samples."

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=16176
    Thank you SimplyInfo!!

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Tepco may now "…tunnel under the reactor buildings to remove melted fuel."

      http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=16176

      This is a really incredible admission by Tepco.
      ENEwesers were right about this 6 years ago.
      Worst case scenereio.
      China Syndrone.
      Corium in the ground.
      Corium washed into the sea by underground river.
      Pacific Ocean dying as a result.
      A Sarcophagus may be built.
      Drilling tobe done in ground under reactor buildings to locate and remove corium.
      All absolutely correct.

  • GOM GOM

    Evacuations Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station, California

    "INTENSE" Situation Unfolding | Evacuations at Wilton | Rivers Rising

    https://youtu.be/Y3hSrjIWRm0

    • GOM GOM

      Rancho Seco nuclear waste storage [within the natural gas plant]

      Ten acres at Rancho Seco are committed indefinitely to this problem.

      Behind a razor-wire fence, earthen and concrete barriers, a 24-hour
      security guard, perimeter radiation sensors and video cameras scanning every
      square inch are Rancho Seco's 22 above-ground fuel storage casks.

      Within each concrete vault is a stainless steel and lead cylinder
      about the size of a minivan. A toxic legacy is welded tight inside the
      cylinders: 493 spent fuel assemblies, each filled with thousands of deadly radioactive pellets the size of a jelly bean.
      One cylinder holds the most radioactive of the demolished reactor
      components.

      A separate building nearby holds a category of debris that might be
      called "medium-hot." It's too toxic for conventional landfills but not hot enough to become a federal problem.

      20 Years After Sacramento Voted to Shut Rancho Seco, SMUD Has Diversified Energy Sources

      http://www.nukefree.org/news/20YearsAfterSacramentoVotedtoShutRanchoSeco,SMUDHasDiversifiedEnergySources

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      "INTENSE" Situation Unfolding | Evacuations at Wilton | Rivers Rising

      Feb. 19th ?

      😆

  • GOM GOM

    Risks of short-term cracks and leaks from
    thin-wall nuclear waste “Chernobyl” canisters

    Over 2000 U.S. nuclear waste thin-wall storage canisters
     Cannot be inspected inside or out
     Cannot be repaired or maintained
     Cannot be monitored to prevent
    radiation leaks

     Thin-wall (~ ½”) stainless steel
    canisters can crack and leak in the short-term from
    various environmental and manufacturing conditions.
     Can leak 16 years after cracks start and there is no
    plan in place to deal with this. NRC 8/5/2014

    Nuclear Waste Summit Chicago Dec. 3, 2016
    PowerPoint presentation

    https://sanonofresafety.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/dry-cask-storagedgilmore2016-12-03nirs.pdf

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The saints and sages brought us the technologies, such progress. such advancement for the people… never mind the conundrum.

    "On pages of each month, from January to December, the diary hails the contribution of different saints. For instance, sage Sushrut is glorified as the "father of cosmetic surgery" and Acharya Kanad for developing the nuclear technology."

    Gujarat university annual diary credits sages for research in nuclear science, aerospace

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-guj-varsity-diary-credits-sages-for-research-in-nuke-science-2348832

    Too much pride/hubris to understand the meanings of the old myths..

    http://images.speakingtree.iimg.in/files/rsz/crop_fc_1000x550/07-2014/180363/c81e728d9d4c2f636f067f89cc14862c_1405684967.jpg

    In the Mahabharata Arjuna obtained this weapon from Lord Shiva but did not use it because it would destroy the entire world.

    Human's deeming themselves demi-gods ..never works out well.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Ah ..the military ..the finest of projectionist thinkers.

    Nuclear device in NYC: New York National Guard ponders the unthinkable
    March 10 2017

    https://www.army.mil/article/184060/nuclear_device_in_nyc_new_york_national_guard_ponders_the_unthinkable

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Ape-man tries to come to grips;

      Much of the discussion hinged around …command and control and when Guard troops would have the state paying their salaries and when the federal government would pick up the tab. ….wait, doesnt the money all come from the people?

      The critical thing in an actual emergency, LaBarge emphasized as the exercise concluded, would be to forget about egos and .. concentrate on savings lives.

      "As long as we resolve to do that, we will figure it out," he said.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/Senators-Push-to-Renew-US-Norway-123-Agreement?feed=News

    …While Norway has no plans to operate a commercial nuclear power plant, its 20-megawatt Halden test reactor is supported by 19 countries and partly financed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The United States helped build the facility in 1958. Its uses include research and development of advanced metallic fuel as well as “accident tolerant fuel,” which is designed to be highly resistant to damage under adverse conditions. The reactor also is used to study the effects of long-term reactor operation on components and materials. Without a Section 123 agreement in force, U.S. access to Halden is limited because key components cannot be exported from the United States for testing.

    The Halden test reactor is a “critical asset” for the U.S. nuclear energy industry, NEI Vice President of Suppliers and International Programs Daniel Lipman said.

    “Research and testing conducted at this unique facility enables U.S. firms to continue to innovate and maintain technology leadership as they compete in the global nuclear energy market. Without the agreement in force with this important NATO ally, this research and testing cannot occur.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1513/ML15134A092.pdf
    This letter is to support the NRC’s planning process in order for the NRC to be prepared to review an advanced nuclear fuel design. This letter is submitted by the Nuclear Utility Fuel Advisory Board (“NUFAB”) on behalf of its members. NUFAB is a group of electric utilities that own and operate roughly 50 percent of the nuclear generation in the United States that serves in an advisory role in the development of a new fuel product by Lightbridge Corporation. The members of NUFAB include Dominion, Duke Energy, Exelon, and
    Southern Nuclear. NUFAB believes this fuel product provides opportunities to significantly improve safety and fuel cycle economics. Lightbridge is pursuing a series of operations with fuel samples at the Halden Test Reactor in Norway. Subsequent Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) of these fuel samples is planned to support an application to the NRC for the use of Lead Test Assemblies. The goal is to submit this application in 2017 and insert the Lead Test Assemblies (LTAs) into an operating U.S. pressurized water reactor as early as 2020, although the basic fuel design can also be used in boiling water reactors as well as small modular reactors

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      https://www.engerati.com/sites/default/files/James%20Malone.pdf
      Nuclear Utility Fuel Advisory Board
      • In 2012 Lightbridge formed the Nuclear Utility Fuel Advisory Board (NUFAB) composed of leading nuclear utilities. The objective and purpose of the board is to further strengthen dialogue with global nuclear utilities and provide their input into Lightbridge's nuclear fuel development and commercialization efforts.
      • The initial members of NUFAB include fuel managers from Exelon
      Generation Co., Dominion, Duke Energy, and Southern Company. • Account for 44% of installed US nuclear capacity.
      Lightbridge’s metallic fuel is derived from the Russian maritime reactor fuel:

      • Uranium-zirconium fuel composition
      • High power density
      • Ability to withstand high burn-ups in water cooled reactor

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://world-nuclear-news.org/C-Lightbridge-charts-progress-towards-
    irradiation-testing-1401167.html

    http://world-nuclear-news.org/UF-Lightbridge-and-Areva-join-forces-on-
    metallic-nuclear-fuel-16031601.html

    http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsfunding-commitment-for-us-lightbridge-4667190/ … prototype fuel rods using depleted uranium, to be followed by fabrication in late 2016 of irradiation fuel samples using enriched uranium.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://seekingalpha.com/news/2563126-lightbridge-wins-south-korea-patent-for-metallic-nuclear-fuel-design

    https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/full_text/xml/2006/01/25/E6-913.xml
    …This subsequent arrangement concerns the retransfer of five irradiated fuel rods containing a total of 7,448 grams of U.S.-origin uranium, 76 grams of which is U-235, and 85 grams of U.S.-origin plutonium, from the Euratom Supply Agency to the Government of Norway for neutron radiography examination. The specified material is currently located at Studsvik Nuclear AB, Nykoping, Sweden and will, upon approval, be transferred to the Institut for
    Energiteknikk (IFE), Halden, Norway. IFE Halden is a research institute within the fields of nuclear technology, man-machine communication, and energy technology. After neutron radiography examination in Norway, IFE Halden will return the material to Studsvik Nuclear for final disposal. Studsvik
    originally obtained the material from Exelon Generation Company under the U.S. export license XSNM03408.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://networknewswire.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/networknewsbreaks-
    lightbridge-nasdaq-ltbr-welcomes-renewal-of-u-s-norway-123-agreement-on-commercial-nuclear-energy/
    The U.S. government recently approved the renewal of a commercial nuclear energy agreement with Norway, a move welcomed by nuclear fuel technology company Lightbridge Corporation (NASDAQ: LTBR). The 123 Agreement legislation was signed in December 2016, following overwhelmingly positive votes by Congress. The legislation also paves the way for Lightbridge to continue research and testing of its metallic nuclear fuel at Norway’s 20 MW Halden research reactor. The innovative, next-generation fuel, made with U.S.-
    enriched uranium, promises improved safety and economics for nuclear plants, a fact also recognized by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority in January this year. On a broader scale, Lightbridge is focused on developing and commercializing technology that will significantly improve the economics and safety of existing and new reactors, with a meaningful impact on preventing climate change.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.theenergydaily.com/publications/ed/U-S-utility-to-test-
    Lightbridge-nuke-fuel_14849.html
    November 14, 2016
    U.S. utility to test Lightbridge nuke fuel
    In a step forward for the fledgling nuclear fuel company, Lightbridge Corp. announced Tuesday a letter of intent with an unnamed U.S. nuclear utility that will burn the first lead test assembly of the company’s metallic fuel in one of the…

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/c57463527fd54fa9a343c57e41ee1276/oppbevaring-vedlegg-3.pdf HALDEN fuel… Westinghouse PROPRIETARY

    http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2016/11/areva-and-lightbridge-to-
    collaborate-on-metallic-nuclear-fuel.html
    …The two companies signed a term sheet outlining key agreements for a U.S.-based joint venture to be equally owned by each company. The venture will encompass fuel assemblies for most types of light-water reactors, including pressurized water reactors (PWR), boiling water reactors (BWR), small modular reactors (SMR), and research reactors.
    “We look forward to advancing nuclear fuel performance through this
    relationship, combining AREVA NP’s expertise in nuclear fuel design and fabrication with Lightbridge’s innovative metallic nuclear fuel concept,” said Lionel Gaiffe, senior executive vice president of the Fuel Business Unit for AREVA NP. “Next-generation fuel technology has significant potential to help sustain existing nuclear energy assets, which will serve as the foundation for a clean energy portfolio worldwide.”

    http://www.nucnet.org/all-the-news/2016/01/11/thorium-nuclear-fuel-testing-continues-at-norway-s-halden-reactor WESTINGHOUSE

    https://www.ife.no/no/ife/detaljer/hrp/medlemmer USA:
    the Westinghouse Electric Power Company, LLC (WEC),
    the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI),
    the Global Nuclear Fuel – Americas, LLC and GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, LLC, and
    the US Department of Energy

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/Milestones
    Jan. 19, 2017—The recently renewed civilian nuclear cooperation agreement between the U.S. and Norway is allowing U.S.-based Lightbridge Corp. continued access to Norway’s Halden research reactor so it can test its new fuel.
    Lightbridge plans to irradiate its advanced reactor fuel at Halden under commercial operating conditions to prove safety and performance in preparation for licensing of the fuel. Last month’s approval of the nuclear cooperation agreement by Congress allows for start of the actual testing.
    The United States has similar (Section 123) nuclear cooperation agreements with more than 20 nations.

  • Cooter

    Tepco attempts to survey the primary containment vessel of FD-2 with new robot on March 14-17.

    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-Robotic-surveys-resume-at-Fukushima-Daiichi-1-1003174.html

    "The investigation is part of preparatory work for the eventual removal of fuel debris."

    The words "eventual removal" is a pipe dream.

    • Silverlok Silverlok

      "Tepco attempts to survey the primary containment vessel of FD-2 with new robot on March 14-17.

      http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-Robotic-surveys-resume-at-Fukushima-Daiichi-1-1003174.html

      "The investigation is part of preparatory work for the eventual removal of fuel debris."

      The words "eventual removal" is a pipe dream."

      hehe …"pipe dream" , since , you know they are shoving robots down a pipe ( and killing them ) heh.

      But…, though I think without drilling under, creating containment facilities, then dropping the expanded "elephants feet" and pepplized coruim and remnants into that 'trap' there is no way they can get even moderate control over the situation as it stands at this point.
      They may have been able to if , like in Russia , efforts had immediately been marshaled,but they weren't and now we have a scenario that probably cannot be countered or even half mitigated by any currently ,publicly ,known tech.
      Radiation and man made radioactive particles are not magic, they are mathematically predictable quantities, add the word "debris" into that environment means A) some super complex math and b) no good outcome,
      …so in essence we have a prognosis not a diagnosis as the best case scenario

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        genomic instability. What is the accumulated dose through generations of plants and animals, say 100 years, or a thousand years from now?
        article about transgenerational genomic instability;
        http://www.nature.com/onc/journal/v22/n45/full/1206993a.html

        Regarding removing melted fuel. Is it impossible, or just costly? Thought experiment; what if Killco HAD TO REMOVE the fuel right away, money no object? It seems obvious to me that they are buying time, kicking the can down the road, saving money, using toy like robots.

        Its interesting to read their report, mentioned above at SimplyInfo. The amounts, location and compartmentalization is estimated to some detail, using various methods.

        What, exactly IS the impediment? Explosion? Robots too little? Finances?

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          Publicity?

          "Last month a "scorpion-shaped" robot developed by Toshiba and IRID was sent into the primary containment vessel of unit 2 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. "In that case," Tepco said, "although the robot was obstructed from reaching all the way into the pedestal area, important information was obtained about the conditions at the base of the reactor.""

          Why do they leave out the important part? The part where the robot discovered fuel splattered everywhere and holes in the floor from the melt-through? Is it because of all of the ongoing nuclear builds and projects that would be impacted by the truth?

          Nuclear: Like there's no tomorrow.

  • "Our voices are drowned in the background" Somehow Donald Trump comes to mind in the sense that politics has been described as the entertainment branch of the army. Donald Trump well known television personality is now President of the USA. Oprah scratches her head and says "Damn" maybe I should run next time. At the risk of being accused of distracting from the topic at hand, I feel the political engine which is supposed to translate the will of the people into action falls far short of its expectations from every angle. Average Joe busy and free time badgered with distractions so message of a real possibility of another major failure of a nuclear facility does get lost. Not here to say if Mr. Trump is good or bad, but he commands the headlines and not the cesium, strontium, plutonium and more laced water leaving the Tepco Harbour by the ton at Fukushima atomic reactor melt through site home of the "lets hope the common spent fuel rod cooling pool water pump doesn't fail for very long",game.

  • BoyinBlack

    The Ukrainian nuclear power industry is much creepier. Why doesn't anyone write about those numerous accidents at Zaporishya and other NPPs there? The damage from a radioactive iodine release in Norway has been accurately assessed. But who figures out harm for European environment inflicted by Ukrainian poor nuclear control? http://homment.com/Ukraine-on-the-brink-of-a-nuclear-disaster

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    The 15 most lucrative nuclear accident remediation efforts; from your pocket to theirs

    Chernobyl, Ukraine (1986) — $259 billion
    Fukushima, Japan (2011) — $166 billion
    Tsuruga, Japan (1995) — $15.5 billion
    TMI, Pennsylvania, USA (1979) — $11 billion
    Beloyarsk, USSR (1977) — $3.5 billion
    Sellafield, UK (1969) — $2.5 billion
    Athens, Alabama, USA (1985) — $2.1 billion
    Jaslovske Bohunice, Czechoslovakia (1977) — $2 billion
    Sellafield, UK (1968) — $1.9 billion
    Sellafield, UK (1971) — $1.3 billion
    Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA (1986) — $1.2 billion
    Chapelcross, UK (1967) — $1.1 billion
    Chernobyl, Ukraine (1982) — $1.1 billion
    Pickering, Canada (1983) — $1 billion
    Sellafield, UK (1973) — $1 billion

  • TIME TIME

    PLAN FOR CONTAINMENT OF FUKUSHIMA
    http://www.supermodeling.tv/FUKIUSHIMA_REACTOR_CONTAINMENT.html
    NEWS there are ways to contain the radiation

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