ANOTHER incident at NC nuke plant: Condition at Reactor 2 significantly degraded plant safety — Local news mentions concern about health threats to public (VIDEO)

Published: November 18th, 2011 at 11:28 am ET


Nov. 18 — The first incident at the nuclear plant in Brunswick, North Carolina happened on Wednesday: Local TV: "They believe radioactive water is leaking from the top of the vessel" at North Carolina nuke plant -- Significant because it goes directly through reactor core (VIDEO)

Here is information on Thursday’s incident: NRC: Event Notification Report for November 18, 2011


“On November 17, 2011, at 1345 Eastern Standard Time (EST), it was determined that an unanalyzed condition that significantly degraded plant safety existed on Unit 2 following a mid-cycle maintenance outage which required reactor vessel disassembly. Unit 2 had reached Mode 2 (i.e., Startup) during the power ascension, when elevated drywell leakage was identified and the plant was shutdown (see EN#47444). Unit 2 was subsequently operating in Mode 4 (i.e., Cold Shutdown) to allow for drywell entry. During leak investigation activities, it was determined that the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) head was not fully tensioned. This condition is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) as a condition of the nuclear power plant being in an unanalyzed condition that significantly degrades plant safety.

“The safety significance of this event was minimal. Unit 2 was in power ascension operating at a maximum of approximately 7% of rated thermal power. Control Room Operators took appropriate action to shutdown the Unit when elevated drywell leakage was identified.

“The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.”

h/t Enformable

“Environmentalists have questioned whether the leak might threaten the public or environment. However, officials said there is no need for concern.” -Local 14 News

Published: November 18th, 2011 at 11:28 am ET


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23 comments to ANOTHER incident at NC nuke plant: Condition at Reactor 2 significantly degraded plant safety — Local news mentions concern about health threats to public (VIDEO)

  • datura17

    am i to understand it that that somebody didnt tighten the head down on that thing, and shouldn’t it have been inspected prior to any testing, right? WTF. exactly what are these clowns getting paid for when they inspect? oh, wait, maybe they got drunk the night before or got high just before the so called inspection, but that really does not matter as i doubt they really take torque wrenches and micrometers to things anyhow. they just rely on the corporation that owns the thing to do all that, right? maybe they should fine the STOCKHOLDERS who are also that 1%, after all if it should fukushima then the entire economy would be f’ed.

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  • Will the South be forced to pay for the lessons of Fukushima?

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is preparing to approve the design of a new type of nuclear reactor planned for sites across the South without first incorporating the lessons of Fukushima — instead sticking the region’s ratepayers with any bills to correct safety problems revealed by the ongoing analysis of the Japanese disaster.

    In an effort to keep that from happening, a coalition of three nuclear watchdog groups filed a formal petition with the agency last week asking for the design problems with the Westinghouse-Toshiba AP1000 reactor to be resolved prior to certification.

    “The Commission will be legally negligent …

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    The report found that the nation’s thermoelectric plants — those that boil water to create steam to drive turbines to generate power — withdrew as much water in 2005 as all of the nation’s farms and four times as much as all U.S. residents. It also found that nuclear power plants draw about about 11 percent more water per unit of electricity generated than coal plants, and a whopping eight times more than natural gas plants.

    While power plants in the West tend to rely on aquifers for their water needs, most of those in the East rely on surface water from rivers and lakes — in many cases the same rivers and lakes that provide drinking water for large communities. …

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  • blah

    >>the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) head was not fully tensioned. …
    >>The safety significance of this event was minimal.
    Ha! Glad to hear that !! So the safety is so great that the fucking boiler can run half tightened without any serious significance.
    >>Control Room Operators took appropriate action to shutdown the Unit when elevated drywell leakage was identified.
    So kind of them ! They could have left for a nap, a drink or a video …

    >>“The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.”
    So we are all saved !

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  • Chernobyl has affected 5 million people with health issues

    The best predictor of the future is the past !

    The Best predictor of future behavior of the Nuclear industry and involved party’s is past behavior/response of/to these accident’s !

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  • Why Fukushima Can Happen Here: What the NRC and Nuclear Industry Don’t Want You to Know

    The well-known safety flaws of Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactors have gained significant attention in the wake of the four reactor accidents at Fukushima, but a more insidious danger lurks. In this video nuclear engineers Arnie Gundersen and David Lochbaum discuss how the US regulators and regulatory process have left Americans unprotected. They walk, step-by-step, through the events of the Japanese meltdowns and consider how the knowledge gained from Fukushima applies to the nuclear industry worldwide. …

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    • The nuclear industry and nuclear regulators worldwide, as well as specifically in the United States, have continually covered up disasters and radiation releases as if they never happened or posed no danger to the public. They actually fund their regulators, The NRC in the United States and the IAEA for the world. Just as the BP oil spill one year ago heaped scrutiny on the United State’s Minerals Management Service, harshly criticized for lax drilling oversight and cozy ties with the oil industry, the nuclear crisis in Japan is shining a light on that nation’s safety practices.

      This is only a fake organization because every organization which depends on the nuclear industry–and the IAEA depends on the nuclear industry–cannot perform properly. Unfortunately the NRC isn’t any better. The NRC has long served as little more than a lap dog to the nuclear industry, unwilling to crack down on unsafe reactors. The agency is a wholly owned subsidiary of the nuclear power industry. Even resident Obama denounced the NRC during the 2008 campaign, calling it a “moribund agency that needs to be revamped and has become captive of the industries that it regulates.”

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  • That bluish colored square building and the skinny smoke stack look eerily similar to Fukushima’s to me.

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    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      They”ALL”look eerily like Fukushima to me!!

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    • lam335 lam335

      “N.C. plant built on same design as Japanese nuclear reactor”

      “Progress Energy’s two nuclear reactors at its Brunswick Nuclear Plant are among 23 in the United States built on the same design as one of the Japanese reactors that officials say may be experiencing a meltdown.

      … [Fukushima] uses a General Electric Mark 1 boiling water reactor. Reactors at Brunswick in Southport, N.C., use the same basic design. Reuters notes, however, that GE rolled out several versions of the Mark 1. So some of the U.S. plants could have somewhat different designs.

      … The Brunswick plant is built near a fault line that runs along the Carolinas coast from Charleston, Hughes says. The plant was designed, as are all nuclear plants, to withstand weather and natural disasters based on historical data….”

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  • Fred

    My congressman’s rep asked me how I thought we could make these plants safer, after my presentation to him about my concerns. I told him the solution was quite simple. As a requirement for an operating license, the company main headquarters MUST be located adjacent to, and downwind of, the oldest licensed nuclear plant the company owned and its top ten officers (CEO, COO, etc) must live, with their families, in mansions provided by the company directly adjacent to company headquarters, no more than 1/2 mile and downwind of the oldest reactor on the property. Each month, one of the top 10 officers must spend the weekend camped out in a luxury motorhome parked within 500 feet of each reactor the company is licensed to operate. Any plant “suddenly discovered” to be over an active fault line will be considered the “oldest” plant as long as it operates under a license. Obviously, the new office building should be built to withstand a 6+ quake, next to its new home on Lake Anna, VA.

    I doubt the plants would emit near the crap killing thousands now if the top company brass were directly related to the victims. Japan may feel free to use my idea in the future, though it’s too late, now.

    This might work for other dangerous companies. Would Bopal, India, have had a chemical disaster if Union Carbide World Headquarters had been located adjacent to, and downwind of, the chemical plant? I doubt it…

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  • dosdos dosdos

    Why are we hearing nothing about Fort Calhoun? It’s still shut down. Why aren’t we hearing news on this?

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