Boat used after gunfight at U.S. nuclear plant — Incident was nearby water intakes that cool reactor — FBI: “It’s been a long day” — Still on heightened state of security

Published: April 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 am ET
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Times Free Press: “It’s been a long day,” FBI Special Agent Ed Galloway said Sunday evening. “All I can say is that we are devoting our resources and we are committed to resolving any issues here.” [...] The incident occurred about two football fields away from what TVA refers to as the plant’s “protected area” where the reactors and power production equipment sits. But the river side is where water intakes are located that carry cooling water into the plant. The water that has circulated in enclosed pipes around the plant and through cooling towers is returned to the river. NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said inspections of the protected area, the river area and that intake pumping station were made before the unusual event alert was ended.

WBIR: TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson said the subject traveled up to the plant on a boat and walked onto the property. When the officer questioned the suspect, the individual fired multiple shots at the officer. The officer shot back, and when he called for backup, the suspect sped away on his boat. “We’ve seen instances where everyday events can be used by those who want to do harm, we all need to be on the lookout for unusual events and then respond appropriately when those things happen,” said Hopson.

Knoxville News Sentinel: “We were on a heightened state of awareness before the event,” said Hopson, referencing last week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. [...] The plant remains on a heightened state of security [...]

See also: Attack at U.S. nuclear plant? Multiple shots fired at security officer -- May have fled in boat -- FBI sending team to site -- "Many of the details I won’t be able to share"

Published: April 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 am ET
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68 comments to Boat used after gunfight at U.S. nuclear plant — Incident was nearby water intakes that cool reactor — FBI: “It’s been a long day” — Still on heightened state of security

  • How many times has that person been there and not been caught while covertly figuring out where to possibly do the most damage?

    These things are ticking times bombs in so many ways.

    Obviously he was up to no good.

    1. Came in the back door. (so to speak)
    2. Had a gun.
    3. Used it.
    4. Fled and escaped the scene.

    ;) Maybe he wanted to steal parts in order to sell them on ebay.


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  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    From the previous posts that the suspect was possibly on land when it occurred. Could be a case of deliberate sabotage of the cooling systems. I don't understand why the entire area isn't considered a "protected area". Sure it's not the reactor chamber but if you knock out the cooling or back up generators you could have things set-up for a meltdown in central USA. Depending on wind movement the majority of the central agricultural region of the US would be contaminated from Tennessee up to Chicago and across to Kansas City, OR blow north and hit Ohio to New York.


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Why have something this dangerous, when there are other ways to get energy? This is getting too expensive to protect, too expensive to keep them working, too expensive to store the waste, there is too high of a cost for the public and the environment.

    ~End Nuclear Power~


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  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Hello ALL, I've been unable to get online much lately since "something" that happened since the record rainfall/flooding last week in Chicagoland or "?" (mold or LaSalle "venting"??)-triggered a serious spike in my spouses seizure activity along with her asthma/allergy symptoms and I'm physically & mentally exhausted trying to keep up with the situation(s) here, but I do get to check what's new & terrifying in the details of ENEnews & occasionally add my 2 cents and hopefully will get a break soon if/when the weather gets nicer & stays that way long enough for her to improve as well(?)… So much stuff to ponder & so little time to deal with all of it though, but I'm gonna be here actively protesting & spreading the word against nukes & tyranny every way & chance I get! Now as far as the story in this thread goes; The "weak" point(s) of their stupid nuclear crap piles housed in dilapidated facilities probably slated for siting of future public housing authority mega-complexes is easily answered by anyone with even novice ballistics knowledge since I'm a bit more advanced in that area & I fear that someone with a Barrett or similar scoped rifle chambered in .50 BMG or similar safari-grade rifle calibers using AP/Incendiary ammo (armor-piercing tracer loading for Browning M2 MG) could target sensitive,crucial NPP equipment from 2 miles away and penetrate steel,bricks,etc. and then ignite flammables with EASE & NOTHING short of SHUTTING ALL NPP's DOWN NOW would…


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  • ftlt

    Be careful here… The Boston bomber suspect is being denied his rights today most likely…. No matter how heinous the crime, the application of anti-civil rights mumbo-jumbo special procedures is far more frightening in the long run IMO…

    This smells incident smells of police state media paranoid reaction to something that most likely has a much different story behind it…


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    • many moons

      Didn't President Obama sign a law at the end of 2012…part of homeland security…anyone can be arrested, at anytime, without having to give the individual a reason or access to a lawyer…Obama promised to use the law just on terrorists…recently referred to the occupy movement as terrorists.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Wow, Mr. Civil Libertarian. Ever heard of apples and oranges? The kid in Boston was caught red-handed, many people already DEAD, scores injured, and no one knowing what dangers were still out there from out of this. When there finally IS a case of urgently needing info, and the case is public knowledge, not in a hell-hole secret prison somewhere, it would be a BAD idea for the kid to bring in a battery of lawyers. I totally agree about civil liberties, but where is common sense?


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        just who was that said "He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither."?

        http://www.whatourforefathersthought.com/Quotes.html

        But bother listening to one of those 'old white guys', when we can always refer to the wisdom of more contemporary ones.

        "It is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country." [Field Marshal Hermann Goering’s remarks during the Nuremberg trials.]

        Say no more…


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      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        "…The kid in Boston was caught red-handed…"

        Huh? Do you mean 'caught red-handed' by MSM using second-hand info from their repeatedly inaccurate anonymous law enforcement sources?

        Or do you mean 'caught red-handed' by the FBI's altered security cam video and blurry cell-phone photos somewhere? They supposedly have some kind of incriminating video on Dzhokar they mention in the indictment, but it has not been seen in public and they have no reason to let little people see it. Ever.

        "…many people already DEAD, scores injured, and no one knowing what dangers were still out there from out of this…"

        Are you talking about the terrorist fertilizer business in West, Texas now? They haven't even called the owner a terrorist, yet. He's going to get a $15,000 OSHA fine.

        "…When there finally IS a case of urgently needing info, and the case is public knowledge, not in a hell-hole secret prison somewhere, it would be a BAD idea for the kid to bring in a battery of lawyers…"

        The older brother probably will be tried in a hell-hole secret prison somewhere. Unless you believe the Boston Police that said he died. An a fake autopsy picture with cheap oak wooden trimmed examination table… because that's what all the top hospitals use today.

        As far as the younger brother – why would bringing in a bunch of lawyers affect anything? That only works when your rich and don't have to follow little people laws.


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        • stopnp stopnp

          Thank you. That whole thing seems odd to me.


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        • VanneV anne

          What you are saying is just your own speculation. The ripple effect of speculation never spreads beyond a single person. That is why the US spends so much taxpayer money to educate its populace. So that its citizens can form some judgment and analysis of events. So that they can vote in elections and sit on juries.

          Speculation has no claim to the truth. That is why there is a justice system to try to determine the truth. In many cases the exact truth of what happened can never be known.

          Have you ever heard of healthy skepticism? Preaching dogmatism is not healthy and is extremely unconvincing.


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          • setxwageslave

            Speculation? What country are you from? Insaneland? You sound like a lawyer. Paveway has it right. I deal with hard facts. Video evidence. Anne, I respect you, but you should wake up. Its much bigger than nukes. There is something sinister going on here and I cant tell you what it is. Won't even post a link. Figure it out for yourself. Start at Bretton Woods.


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          • PavewayIII PavewayIII

            "…What you are saying is just your own speculation…"

            That's why I'm posting it here. I'm a skeptical useless eater, not the damn U.S. Supreme Court.

            "…That is why there is a justice system to try to determine the truth…"

            Nice try, Goebbels. But: FAIL.

            The entire purpose of the U.S. justice system (ancient times, not current NDAA/CISPA times) was to protect the rights of citizens, not to control them.

            The primary LEGAL option for colonial leaders at the time (instead of the illegal revolution of terror and independence) was to seek more colonial representation in Britain. Legally participate in the rigged legal system. Isn't that what you're suggesting here?

            The U.S. was founded on the idea that citizen's rights – HUMAN rights – are so vulnerable to exploitation and control by a marriage of corrupt psychopathic leaders and crony corporations (their observations, not mine) that those rights must be protected at all costs.

            Notice the THREAT they recognized. The constitution attempted to prevent federal government from being powerful enough for the rich to rig the system – like they did in Britain.

            To everyone over the pond: I'm not oblivious to the fact that a few rich white guys already controlled *state* governments here and eventually corrupted them with corporations, just like grandpappy did in Britain.

            Maybe you should take us over again and eliminate the middle-man?


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  • We Not They Finally

    Honestly, I have trouble just getting past the "water circulating in enclosed pipes" for cooling and then being "returned to the river." Are those pipes made of lead? If they are not, then that water is being IRRADIATED. If they are, then lead poisoning is being pumped back into the river. And who REGULATES this? And who tests the river water for contamination? And do people swim in that river? Does that river feed into a reservoir? Just a few of the pesky questions that this throw-away culture never seems to address.


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  • many moons

    Hi Anne,
    I found this statement to be confusing…
    PRESIDENT OBAMA caused this?? Like get a life…. And no, I HIGHLY doubt that he called the occupy movement "terrorists." You or some freaked-out internet blogger made that one up, yes?

    Who mentioned that President Obama caused… what exactly?? Like get a life…what does that refer to? You or some freaked-out internet blogger made that up….that part is clear!
    Yes Anne I do understand English, it's my first language.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    Hey everyone!!! Let's remember who the enemy is … the Great American Conspiracy, or The Great American Lie: So-Called "Safe Nuclear Power" … a gigantic financial and industrial and scientific fraud. A public health menace of the first order. A wartime relic, Boondoggle. A dead end in high energy particle physics from the 1940's. Never should have been commercialized. And now the few scheister nuclear operators, the "industry" relics extort money from all of us through successful lawsuits against the federal government for not taking their waste off their hands as promised in a 1998 federal law … obviously no incentive to put the shite in safer, dry casks, when they can get paid for having made something they have no clue what to do with … just where is the morality in this Ponzi scheme … a radioactive Ponzi scheme?

    Oh and by the way, the hundreds of millions of dollars paid out to industry to date come from the General Fund, not the nuclear waste trust fund.

    Time to write some letters to the editor type stuff …

    Only it seems no one is really listening or cares, except the few of us looney bins here on enenews …

    Just visited MIT ("will need some new nuclear") and Harvard (Nobel Prizes to be had from finding gluons and bosons using experiments with 18 TeV) and nothing about Fukushima … Like it never happened …

    they only want to teach bright kids in beautiful buildings …

    Truth hurts …

    peace all …


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  • Sickputer

    So the intruder arrived by boat and just walked onto the property? Is it too much to ask for a fence to deter attackers? The units each cost billions so why not a million bucks for a barbed wire fence around the three sections of land it sits on?

    A little history about Watts: "The Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant (WBN) is located in southeastern Tennessee approximately 50 miles NE of Chattanooga and is owned by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The site has two Westinghouse-designed Pressurized Water Reactors.
    Watts Bar Unit 1 received a full power operating license in early 1996, and is presently the last power reactor to be licensed in the U.S. TVA suspended construction of Watts Bar Unit 2 in 1985. On Aug 3 2007, TVA informed NRC of its plan to resume construction of Watts Bar Unit 2.
    On July 7, 2008, the NRC issued an Order extending the Watts Bar Unit 2 construction permit completion date to March 31, 2013."

    http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/reactor/wb/watts-bar.html

    SP: That completion date was formulated pre-Fukushima, but the owners act like they are right on schedule:

    "the TVA board of directors last year approved continuing with the construction project in accordance with a revised Estimate to Complete by December 2015 with a projected total cost of $4 billion to $4.5 billion"

    http://www.chattanoogan.com/2013/4/11/248743/Watts-Bar-Nuclear-Plant-Unit-2-Progress.aspx

    SP: Unit 1 has also been noteworthy for tube failures similar to SONGS NPP.


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  • Sickputer

    Like SONGS the Watts-Bar Unit 1 has many failing steam tubes and yet they hesitate to take it offline for a year to do the $150 million in repairs. So they try to bullshit the NRC and say just a few need to be capped:

    http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1221/ML12215A337.pdf

    "As stated in 9.5 (CONCLUSIONS) of the report, the long term corrective action is as follows:
    "… it is recommended that Steam Generator 4 Row 12 Column 106 through 109 tubes be removed from service. These tubes should either be plugged with sentinel plugs or
    plugged with solid plugs if a cable tube damper is installed. For all other tubes it is not necessary to recommend preventative action since the stress ratios and total cumulative
    fatigue usage of all the other unsupported U-bend tubes did not exceed the limiting value of 1.0. Steam generator tubes at Watts Bar Unit 2 (other than the four recommended to be removed from service above) are not expected to be susceptible to high-cycle fatigue
    rupture at the top tube support plate in a manner similar to the rupture that occurred at North Anna Unit 1. This conclusion applies to both the current specified operating
    conditions and to MUR uprate power operating conditions."

    Attested to by Plant General Manager Raymond Hruby July 31, 2012.

    SP: In my opinion the steam generator tube situation at Watts-Barr Unit 1 is precarious. This plant is one of the most likely to fail in the entire US fleet. An accident waiting to happen.


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  • harengus_acidophilus

    "about two football fields away"

    Stupid idea.
    A NPP surrounded by football fields?

    h.


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    • VanneV anne

      "A football field away" refers to a measurement of land about the length of a football field. It does not mean that they are playing football there.


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      • nedlifromvermont

        even more likely "a football field away" probably refers to the length of the football field: 100 or 120 yards (including the end zones) so 200 to 240 yards away and not the "measurement of land" (about one acre) since you would not generally say somebody was "an acre or two away" from the intake structure …

        a Rugby "pitch" is 75 yards by 120 yards; a soccer field is 110 yards long and can be as narrow as 55 yards (width of a football field) or as wide as 75 yards …

        kinda weird, but a whole lot less stupid than "safe nuclear power" …

        peace!


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      • setxwageslave

        anne, put the merlot down and step away from the keyboard.


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        • VanneV anne

          You must be talking about yourself. I hardly ever drank anything and my last drink was over 40 years ago. Also, never used marijuana even once or any other drugs legal or illegal. That's one of the reasons why I'm so healthy at 72 years old.

          I wish you the same wisdom and good health. :)


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          • VanneV anne

            I had to Google the definition of merlot to figure out what he was talking about. I thought he was talking about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight or Perceval and the Quest for the Holy Grail. My generation is definitely getting old. My daughter was visiting from back east. Her friend's mother in Colorado has the final stages of vascular dementia, 3 years younger than I am, and another friend from Ouray, Colo., 8 years older than her, has lymphoma. Only sadness for all of us.

            When will tragedy wake up TPTB?


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  • fierodough

    It's sad really… NPP NEED intake water to stay cool… They have "screens" to prevent stuff from getting in to the intakes and clog or damage the system… All it takes is for a floating bomb to take out the screens, followed soon after by another floating bomb to enter the intakes and cause significant damage.. Combine that with taking out the off-site power… *facepalm*

    Crazy people in the world. :(


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Pot shots from two miles away..endangering a nuclear facility reported by the FBI?
    Must have been Tom Horn's ghost.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..Sorry two base ball fields away..lol..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yep..the FBI..might busy..mighty busy..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Every day..the burden of proof..rests more upon the government as the people open their eyes..and begin to question the actions of the government.
    YES!


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  • ftlt

    Sorry, I have to wonder if the guards story floats… Something is fishy here..


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  • BigLoner

    The kid in Boston shot up the nuke plant. He had to, I mean, they did find him in a boat, right. Yaah, yaah, that's the ticket, yaah. I proved by deductive logic that there was a duplicate key to the wardroom. He took the strawberries too.

    A shirtless drunken street mob of morons cheers his arrest, oblivious that he was taken uninjured but now somehow lays in Beth Israel Hospital shot thru the throat.

    In a Bizzarro / Matrix / 12 Monkeys / 'V' / Total Recall / Weird Al Yankovic – Everything You Know is wrong / world…what I say is not rambling and off topic, but sadly, spot on.

    Like Marcellus sez to Charleton Heston: 'You think it's over, but it's not. It goes on Judah Ben Hur, it goes on…agiggiggaaahh.'


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  • setxwageslave

    In real time, it was probably some moonshiner or meth cooker doing his thing and got a little too much and took a shot at the plant. The media is probably just hyping it up like they always do. just a theory.


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