Containment building flooded at Nebraska nuke plant in order to cool fuel rods

Published: June 15th, 2011 at 2:21 am ET


Ft. Calhoun Flood Defenses, WOWT, June 14, 2011:

From the air the nuclear plant looks like it is about to be swallowed up by the Missouri River but on the ground you can see that man is controlling nature, or at least keeping her in check.

Jeff Hanson says, “We’re protected far above where this is projected to go.” […]

The facility was taken offline to refuel earlier this year so the containment building has been flooded by OPPD in order to cool the fuel rods.

Published: June 15th, 2011 at 2:21 am ET


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111 comments to Containment building flooded at Nebraska nuke plant in order to cool fuel rods

  • audi_driver2009

    Just great….Why do they need to flood the containment if everything is working properly?

    • AkDave AkDave

      It’s not.

    • pg

      Sounds like false flag to ME TOO.

    • spag

      Flooding containment with water is standard procedure during a refueling operation.

    • Pallas89juno

      I accidentally hit “report comment”. Very sorry. They should put that button on a different line. I did not intend to do so.

      Anyway, your question about why are they flooding the containment of SPF at Fort Calhoun if everything is “fine”, is a VALID question.

    • SteveMT

      An infectious disease that has been spreading internationally…..”lying”

  • TraderGreg

    I am getting lost. Is water enough to coll the radioactive rods? I thought based on our prior Fuku discussion, that they need boron to stop neutrons. Taco – are you around? Can you help to clarify my confusion?

    • Manifest Irony

      I wouldn’t ask taco about anything unless you are partial to gibberish.

      To answer your question, no boron in the water is needed to tamp down any nuclear reactions. Any fuel in the core is kept sub-critical by the control rods. Spent fuel is kept sub-critical by its geometry, i.e. the assemblies are kept far enough apart to prevent any reactions. However, the fuel must be cooled at all times to remove decay heat, which can build up over time and cause the fuel the melt. This isn’t too much of a problem at Fort Calhoun because it has been a while since it has been online and the fuel has had time to cool down. It was reported yesterday that it will take 88 hours for the cooling water to rise to a dangerous temperature. The issue, as always, is the spent fuel pools. Fort Calhoun’s is on the ground floor, meaning it could flood. But I’d much rather have too much water than not enough.

      • TraderGreg

        Thanks Man.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        You might want to listen to:
        A. Gundersen interview:

        When the spent fuel pool pump was down (contained 1/3 of the fuel rods from the reactor plus at least 20 years of spent fuel rods), the temperature was rising at 2 degrees Celsius an hour. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius. That would give it only two days leeway to reach boiling.
        Flooding the basement isn’t good because it will destroy all the electrical system that runs the cooling. The interview is 40 minutes long and took place earlier tonight.
        I wonder if one of the upstream dams broke. Unusual snow pack in the Rockies in the winter is now melting and all the dams are full. The dams are not structurally sound. Only takes one to burst for an inland tsunami.
        You can listen to the interview for an expert opinion.

        • milk and cheese milk and cheese

          Mr. Gundersen has a low opinion of the capabilities and expertise of the NRC.
          Which lunatics are running which asylum?

        • Fall out man!

          Arnie Gunderson said such pools sit between 50 and 60 degrees normally. So being generous, say it started at 50 degrees. That would mean boiling point would be reached in 25 hours. Arnold said that long before then they would be in big trouble since steam from the pool would wreck their electrical cabling (why that should be he did not explain, whether that is through dampness or radiation I do not know)

          So its more serious than they are letting on. If the pool was without power for more than 24 hours, and really was going up at somewhere near 2 degrees per hour, then inside 2 days its definitely boiling. That steam supposedly wrecks the facilities wiring, and then even if they can cool it, they have new problems.

          (correct me if I am wrong, but that was my understanding of the interview)

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            As the pool is approaching the boiling point, the resultant humidity is what ruins the electrical cabling

        • Fall out man!

          But to be fair, I take it they said they caught it long before it boiled.

          But of course, the industries track record on telling the truth when they stuff up is consistent. Consistently a pack of lies.

      • Novamind

        Just tell Taco GAME OVER and stand Back!

        • Pensacola Tiger Pensacola Tiger

          Oh, no! ELE, quantum atomic leaping and China syndrome in Omaha!!!!!!

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            quantum tunneling…..

          • BlackRain

            quantum entanglement

          • BlackRain

            35 days or less

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            YES. entanglement..I was hoping for quantum enlightenment..sigh…
            We simply do not have to be this dumb as a society.

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            On the contrary..many of us ..watched our leaders turn away from truth as is was presented to them concerning the BP oil spill.
            We watched choose ..corruption and lies.
            We watched the POTUS and FLOTUS abandon the People.
            We watched the military along with private contractors put a lock-down in the area.
            We watched Congressional memebers turn away from truth or ignore/deny the truth.
            We have watched local politicians lie to their people..while pocketing the money doled out by BP and the government.
            There is a complete corruption in government…as if they themselves don’t bleed red like the rest of us.
            It didn’t have to go down this way.
            TPTB are afraid to be found out…
            ……..they are afraid that justice might be served.
            It gives me a modicum of comfort to know they are HELL BOUND.

      • tony wilson

        who would you believe.
        people like
        Manifest Irony and his blind positive spin.
        or uncle arnie?

      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        I’m sure everyone downstream won’t mind highly radioactive water flooding their homes and property. It all ends up in the GOM, like that needs more problems. Also, if spent fuel is kept cool by it’s geometry, why the problems in Fukushima with their spent fuel rod pools? Do you work for GE?

        • SnorkY2K

          In Fukushima the fuel in the spent fuel pools overheated and is coming together in piles resulting in prompt criticalities. Once the melting fuel merges into a blob large enough a chain reaction occurs and there are little unbalanced explosions blowing the fuel apart until it melts and joins into a single pile again.

      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        She has a better record here than you do.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      They have not lost coolant to the spent fuel rods.

  • TraderGreg

    So what’s going to happen to this highly radioactive water? Are they going to release it, and make it flow through the continent all the way to GOM? I hope all folks in the area are happy with 100% positive attitude – as advised by Dr. Shita.

    Is the Missouri river going to glow in the dark?

    • cossack55

      We are going to rent the holding tanks TEPCO is pretending to use, fly them to Nebraska and pretend to pump nuke water into them. Nuke water is even worse than hotdog water.

    • Novamind

      Missoury River{Renamed}

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      There are so many nasties in that water it would make your head roll.

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      Japanese, Nebraskan and Iowan locals may well stay until Fuku I and the Missouri River glow in the daytime.

    • SnorkY2K

      The blue glow from Cherenkov phenomenon mostly occurs during the chain reaction. The rest of the time a fluorescent material such as phosphorus or some of the many crystalline rocks found along the Missouri river is necessary to turn the emissions into a glow.

  • AkDave AkDave

    Dam! glad I don’t live down stream.

  • Noah

    Homer Simpson visits Nebraska

    Using his trusty fire hose, Homer floods the reactor building with water.

    “I hope those sand bags hold!” Homer was heard saying, “We don’t want water coming in here!”


    I note they find a significant increase in cancer incidence ** far below 5 rem ** – in two separate studies.

    5 rem = 50 mSv

    The limit for Fukushima workers is 250 mSv.

    1 mSv/year = ? rad/year

    10 mSv = 1 rad = 1 rem
    1 mSv = .01 Rad = 1 mSv = 10^-1 rad

    1 mSv/year = .01 rad/year = .01 rem year
    1 rem = 10 mSv
    5 rem = 50 mSv (250 mSv limit for Fukushima)

    • Manifest Irony

      1 rad does not always equal 1 rem. Same as 1 Sievert does not always equal 1 Gray.
      It is not the same because radiation is not the same. Alpha and beta particle can sometimes do more damage, especially inside the body, than gamma rays. They are rated differently on both the rem and gray scales, which describe radiation’s effect biological tissues.

      • BlackRain


        • Novamind

          @Blackrain Have you ever considered that the aliens known as the Grays are us in the future coming back in time to see just how mankind has changed evolution to become them due to radiation induced evoultion via mutations?

          • ocifferdave

            Aliens are demons, princes of the air, using tricks like levitation, time loss, white light, poking..lots of poking, strange shapes, etc for a loooong time. And they seem to banish when the oppressed turn to Jesus. Its the new pagan faith…aliens will save us!

          • BlackRain

            @ Novamind

            I believe the sea of life is difficult to navigate, and humans need a guiding star to help them chart a course. I believe there is a star the shines forever bright and true, a star by which to set one’s course, a star that I call Love.

            I try to sail toward that star through wind and storm and peril; I hope someday to reach that star, which is my guiding light. I know that I will not attain the full perfection of that star, for I am but a grain of dust upon an endless sea.

            I have blundered. I have sinned. I am far from perfect. I believe in something that is higher than myself.

          • BlackRain

            I believe in grammar, too:

            “higher than me” is grammatically correct; “higher than myself” is a boo-boo.

          • BlackRain

            @Novamind — About the Grays

            I favor one conjecture: our universe is a two-dimensional hologram; time is an illusion (ruling out time travel); all the “missing dimensions” are within the human mind; Grays deserve fair treatment(if Grays exist); and love one another right now.

            Logging off.

          • Aliens
            They seemed to start showing up a lot after our first bomb blasting !


    Nice picture showing various levels and their effects:

    • jonjon

      The Chart is nice and make everything looks safe but once again it doesn’t account for internal radiation, and the hot particles one inhales as discussed by Ernie Gundersen and Christopher Busby. Those are the most dangerous and cannot be compared to external radiation, the same way you don’t compare death from gun shot wounds and mercury poisoning.

  • tony wilson

    he is having a picnik how cute.

    what has he said about this nothing.
    just like keeping you informed.
    his famous fuky quote.
    you should know what i know : )
    well if you really knew what the man knows,you would be running and heading down to chile.

    get ready for the accidental release of stored LOW LEVEL : ) nuke water into Missouri river.
    but do not worry folks it will be within normal safety levels.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      He just won the Transparency Award. Things that make ya go hmm.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      The Prez just held a huge Democratic fund raiser…the people that attended should be contacted…through their fans sites, blogs,etc.
      Tell them they are being duped.
      Continue to call the networks..flood their blogs.
      Demand answers.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Amazing full overhead view of the sandbagged FORT CALHOUN nuclear reactor, entirely surrounded by water estimated to be several feet higher by Satuday 6-18, with apparently no useable access roads, from TV3 in Omaha, in the attached video at 1:21.

    You’ll never see this video on network tv, but go look and download before it is replaced or taken down:

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Nebraska governor Dave Heineman points out that 50 year old levees usually capable of withstanding 3-4 day flood surges have never faced a 2 month flood:

    • Anthony Anthony

      I wonder if any other plants are also in this flood path downstream? I can’t believe we are now juggling TWO MAJOR NUCLEAR DISASTERS within three months our lives have been transformed before our very eyes. Are there anymore potential nuclear issues to navigate by summer 2011?

      • tony wilson

        remember what that wise japanese scientist said…
        worry and negativity kills more people than
        be happy sing a song nuclear is good.
        your president has it all under control.
        i love picnics.

      • jump-ball jump-ball

        Further south is the BROWNVILLE Cooper BWR with an elevated spent fuel pool listed as one safety issue, as shown on the below link of 145 U.S. reactors and their ‘safety issues’:

        Required to report any fire lasting over 10 minutes, BROWNVILLE reactor braniacs reported the 1st fire as being put out in 9 minutes (unreportable), followed by an immediate 2nd fire also extinguished under 10 minutes.

        Haven’t had time to research the BROWNVILLE location on the Missouri and the local flood conditions.

      • jump-ball jump-ball

        @A: ‘We’ are now juggling 3 nuclear disasters or threats with the sandbagging of the BROWNVILLE COOPER nuclear reactor south of Omaha, as in my post below at 11:44pm, and discussed in this new Omaha KETV 7 video:

        • Anthony Anthony

          Thanks jump-ball. Really, how much of a disaster can this all turn out to be? Someone needs to start a world map with active nuclear disasters pointed out on it.

          • jump-ball jump-ball

            When I find it, I’ll post it up.

            In meantime here’s one map to start with: the safety issues with the 145 U.S. nuclear plants, click the sites and see the red circles, ‘E’ for elevated spent fuel pool, ‘G’ for groundwater leaks, and ‘P’ for power containment sump.

            Explanations given for these safety problems are:

            ‘E’: The storage location for used (or “spent”) nuclear fuel is located above ground instead of in a deep pit, making it more vulnerable to terrorist attack.

            ‘G’: The nuclear power plant has reported a past spill, leak or other inadvertent release of radioactively contaminated water to the environment. This contaminated water could potentially make its way onto public lands and into drinking water supplies.

            ‘P’: A safety incident in which a hole opens in the metal pressure vessel or attached piping in a pressurized water reactor (PWR), causing the water to empty from the reactor and spill onto the floor of the containment building. The high-pressure water, as it escapes through the hole, scours thermal insulation and protective coatings (i.e., paint) off adjacent piping, equipment, and structures. This debris is carried to the floor of the containment building as well, where it can block the inflow of water into the sump, thereby preventing water from getting pumped back to the pressure vessel to cool the nuclear fuel.

            After clicking many of the U.S. reactor sites on the map, I was surprised at what a checkered history they have:


          • jump-ball jump-ball

            “The storage location for used (or “spent”) nuclear fuel is located above ground instead of in a deep pit, making it more vulnerable to terrorist attack.”


            I think they mean a terrorist attack from the air? Yes?

            And after 9-11 did government and nuclear officials breath a hidden sign of relief that the 4 planes were not instead directed into elevated spent fuel pools, creating a forever-lasting and nationwide toxic nightmare killing maybe 300,000 plus victims?

            Suddenly the map of the 145 U.S. nuclear reactors, many with the red ‘E’ terrorist safety issue of elevated fuel pools, raises the creepy question of whether the 9-11 airborne terrorists at some point considered these a more target rich environment that the buildings in the East?

  • SteveMT

    We’re all fine. The Titanic is just taking on a little ballast for stability.

    More Newspeak.

  • Erin

    Nebraska plant a LEVEL 4???

    Just went to wiki, and I’d like some thoughts on this …

    “Level 4: Accident with local consequences

    Impact on people and environment
    Minor release of radioactive material unlikely to result in implementation of planned countermeasures other than local food controls.
    At least one death from radiation.

    Impact on radiological barriers and control
    Fuel melt or damage to fuel ­resulting in more than 0.1% release of core inventory.
    Release of significant quantities of radioactive material within an installation with a high ­probability of significant public exposure. ”

    Does this mean someone already died, or they expect at least one death from radiation?

    Is fuel already damaged, or do they expect it to be?

    And why the you-know-what is there only one report out of Hawaii about this in the news?!?!?!

    I’d really love that report ( ) to be mistaken …


    • Erin

      This is bizarre! On the Google news search, this is what the link above says in the description:

      “The Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, Nuclear power plant is going down fast due to massive flooding. It is pouring radiation into the Missouri river. They have declared level 4 accident, but expect an upgrade momentarily. …”

      But when I click on the article, that quote isn’t there. WHAT is going on?! Should I be a bit freaked out, or is there a reasonable, logical explanation for the lack of news coverage on this and the changed text in that article from TWELVE HOURS AGO?


      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Yes..I have seen headlines change and articles go missing..many times.
        Someone places a call then…POOF.

        • Erin

          Well, yeah, but … but … but … WTF?! TMI was only one level higher. This isn’t happening in another country — it’s here! Didn’t we have a free press once upon a time? Where are the Nebraska bloggers, if not the people paid to keep quiet? Someone in Hawaii got this news, after all. My head is spinning …


      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        I’ve been searching for that “pouring radiation into the Missouri river” for a long time also.

        • Erin

          If it’s pouring into the Missouri, then how can this only be a level 4, with only local consequences?

        • I am not finding anything either other then enenews in search and a few pages with short language with no source for !

        • I do not think it is running over into the river yet,.. It may be in the near future but the river water would need to be above the sand bags or water inside the plant would need to be over the pools, There was a link with type here the other day giving sea level heights of the plant and river projections in sea level, this will be the numbers to watch, but I feel the plant would have to be iodated with water first to apply to a spillage of nuclear waste water entering the river !

          • Erin

            Sure hope you’re right! So, “Level 4” has nothing to do with the scale that put Fukushima at a level 7? It’s some other NRC scale they were likely referencing?

            Thanks a bunch!


          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            Reactor #4 at Fukushima is still rated at a level 3.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Wow, now this might be a whole truth of the situation huh?

        Nuclear is unsafe energy.

      • This link in searh ?
        Dr. Jeff Masters – Wunder Blog : Weather Underground
        14 Jun 2011 … The Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, Nuclear power plant is going down fast due to massive flooding. It is pouring radiation into the Missouri river. …

        I would think twice that it is a Blogg/perspective rather then a qualified news source.
        . Skyepony 2:06 PM GMT on June 15, 2011
        Something odd about the flooded nuclear power plant is googling comes up with..

        Nebraska Nuclear Plant at Level 4 Accident

        Hawaii News Daily – Tom Burnett – 10 hours ago
        The Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, Nuclear power plant is going down fast due to massive flooding. It is pouring radiation into the Missouri river. …

        Clicking the link leads to an article that leaves out the part about radiation pouring into the river..
        Member Since: August 10, 2005 Posts: 116 Comments: 19941

    • The Nebraska plant a LEVEL 4 was called in over a week ago !
      Nebraska nuclear power plant at Emergency Level 4 and could become …
      “On June 6, 2011, the Fort Calhoun pressurized water nuclear reactor 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska entered emergency status due to …

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    I posted this about the dam in the wrong place.
    “As alarming as that might be the true issue may not be with the Garrison Dam, but the Fort Peck Dam the first dam in the system. Here is a scenario taken from Bernard Shanks a guest commentator from the St. Louis website.”:
    “The Fort Peck Dam is built with a flawed design that has suffered a well-known fate for this type of dam — liquefaction — in which saturated soil loses its stability. Hydraulic-fill dams are prone to almost instant collapse from stress or earthquakes. California required all hydraulic-fill dams be torn out or rebuilt — and no other large dams have been built this way since.
    “At three miles wide, Fort Peck Dam last opened its floodgates 36 years ago. By the end of the first week in June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be releasing a record spill of water. The corps recently answered the question of possible failure with a statement the dam is ‘absolutely safe.’ It may be the largest at-risk dam in the nation.”,-Flooding-and-Ft-Calhoun-Nuclear-Power-Plant

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      Just one thing like this going wrong in the ongoing 3 month nuclear game of fooling around with Mother Nature, and damaging the FORT CALHOUN nuclear reactor cooling system, and this will ‘flyover country’ for many years.

    • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

      Wonderful. A flawed dam combined with a GE designed reactor.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    83 degrees Celsius is HOT!
    NRC Monitors Second Event at Neb. Nuclear Plant Following Fire, Disruption of Spent-Fuel Cooling
    “And while spent fuel can heat the water surrounding it to dangerous temperatures over the course of several days, federal officials quoted by AP said temperatures in the tank did not exceed 83 degrees.”

    • patb2009

      83 degrees. That would be 83 Celsius.

      The real hazard isn’t that the pool boils, it’s that the pool boils
      with muddy water in it. if the pool boils with mud, it will
      clog up and you can’t clean it out, and then a meltdown happens.

      The pool should be flooded with clean water and they need to prepare to chopper in a water distillation unit, so they can keep adding clean water.

      Put the unit on the building roof, and just expect 100% local system failure.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Any shills from the Corp of Engineers on here today?..We know you are inept under inept orders.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Oh…those DARN military and private contractors…. in charge of clean up, evacuation, etc.
    Heroes in the daytime….slobs at night.
    Some like this coming to Nebraska soon…
    “Big Daddy”=Corporatacracy

  • Nebraska nuclear plant crisis worsens with midwest flooding- video
    Posted on June 15, 2011 by The Extinction Protocol
    As the pace of earthchanges intensifies, nuclear plants will pose greater and greater environmental risks as the planet’s ecology is overturned by natural disasters. About 15 plants operate in the high-risk New Madrid fault zone. Time and time again, as with Japan and now with the unprecedented flooding along the Missouri River, in the event of a crisis, we…

  • shaktasna999

    So their structure was built in Japan and shipped here? If this is correct I am worried.

    Does anyone know the full assortment of spent fuel rod classifications there? We know beyond a doubt that there is depleted uranium but does anyone know if there is MOX involved in any way at all?

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Sandbagging and flood conditions around the 2nd Nebraska reactor, the COOPER nuclear plant south of Omaha in Brownville, are shown and discussed in this Omaha KETV 7 video, which discusses possible access road closure as occurred during the 1993 flood, plans to bring in workers ‘long-term’ or by boat, and the necessity of shutting down the plant if flood levels rise 6 more feet:

    Didn’t say if ‘long-term’ worker stay-ins meant 4 months on site through high flood levels expected into September.

    • Anthony Anthony

      Even on a google map with directions between the two points, and panned back a bit, this is looking like an EXTREMELY serious situation a-brewin` … seriously.

  • jwfuki

    O BOY!!!!

  • Anthony Anthony

    Electrical Fire Knocks Out Spent Fuel Cooling at Nebraska Nuclear Plant
    Wednesday 15 June 2011
    by: John Sullivan, ProPublica | Report

    A fire in an electrical switch room on Tuesday briefly knocked out cooling for a pool holding spent nuclear fuel at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant outside Omaha, Neb., plant officials said.

  • Anthony Anthony

    NRC Monitors Second Event at Neb. Nuclear Plant Following Fire, Disruption of Spent-Fuel Cooling
    Nuclear Street News Team
    Thu, Jun 9 2011 6:20 AM

    Already on guard from the rising waters of the adjacent Missouri River, the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant declared an alert Tuesday following an electrical fire that briefly disrupted spent-fuel cooling.

    Fort Calhoun nuclear plant. Photo: NRCThe Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported that the plant, operated by the Omaha Public Power District, declared the alert about 10 minutes after a fire was detected in a switchgear room at 9:30 a.m. Automated fire suppression systems extinguished it within an hour, with the alert ending soon after.

  • Anthony Anthony

    nuclear Fire Breaks Out at Nebraska Nuke Plant Praised by Payette Engineer
    Posted by George Prentice on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    On June 6, Kasey Ketterling, an engineer contracted by Payette County, revealed a due diligence review in advance of county commissioners deciding whether to allow a proposed nuclear facility to move forward. Ketterling, of Holladay Engineering in Payette, told commissioners that he had personally visited three nuclear facilities in rural settings. In each case, Ketterling sang the praises of the success of the facility and how each had integrated into their communities. One of the locations that Ketterling praised was the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant outside of Omaha, Neb.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Nebraska nuclear plant declares lowest level emergency due to flooding on Missouri

    First Posted: June 06, 2011 – 4:01 pm
    Last Updated: June 06, 2011 – 4:03 pm

    OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska nuclear power plant on the west bank of the Missouri River has declared an emergency because of the rising river.

    The Omaha Public Power District, which operates the Fort Calhoun plant, says Monday that the river has reached a lever where the company is declaring a “notification of unusual event,” which is the lowest of four emergency levels that are standard in the U.S. nuclear industry.–Nebraska-Flooding-Nuke-Plant/

  • shaktasna999

    According to the NRC for Americans:

    Subpart D–Radiation Dose Limits for Individual Members of the Public

    Source: 56 FR 23398, May 21, 1991, unless otherwise noted.
    § 20.1301 Dose limits for individual members of the public.

    (a) Each licensee shall conduct operations so that –

    (1) The total effective dose equivalent to individual members of the public from the licensed operation does not exceed 0.1 rem (1 mSv) in a year, exclusive of the dose contributions from background radiation, from any administration the individual has received, from exposure to individuals administered radioactive material and released under § 35.75, from voluntary participation in medical research programs, and from the licensee’s disposal of radioactive material into sanitary sewerage in accordance with § 20.2003, and

    (2) The dose in any unrestricted area from external sources, exclusive of the dose contributions from patients administered radioactive material and released in accordance with § 35.75, does not exceed 0.002 rem (0.02 millisievert) in any one hour.

    (b) If the licensee permits members of the public to have access to controlled areas, the limits for members of the public continue to apply to those individuals.

    (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a)(1) of this section, a licensee may permit visitors to an individual who cannot be released, under § 35.75, to receive a radiation dose greater than 0.1 rem (1 mSv) if-

    (1) The radiation dose received does not exceed 0.5 rem (5 mSv); and

    (2) The authorized user, as defined in 10 CFR Part 35, has determined before the visit that it is appropriate.

    (d) A licensee or license applicant may apply for prior NRC authorization to operate up to an annual dose limit for an individual member of the public of 0.5 rem (5 mSv). The licensee or license applicant shall include the following information in this application:

    (1) Demonstration of the need for and the expected duration of operations in excess of the limit in paragraph (a) of this section;

    (2) The licensee’s program to assess and control dose within the 0.5 rem (5 mSv) annual limit; and

    (3) The procedures to be followed to maintain the dose as low as is reasonably achievable.

    (e) In addition to the requirements of this part, a licensee subject to the provisions of EPA’s generally applicable environmental radiation standards in 40 CFR part 190 shall comply with those standards.

    (f) The Commission may impose additional restrictions on radiation levels in unrestricted areas and on the total quantity of radionuclides that a licensee may release in effluents in order to restrict the collective dose.

    [56 FR 23398, May 21, 1991, as amended at 60 FR 48625, Sept. 20, 1995; 62 FR 4133, Jan. 29, 1997; 67 FR 20370, Apr. 24, 2002; 67 FR 62872, Oct. 9, 2002]
    Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, June 09, 2011

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Here is a map of the six Missouri River dams attempting to lower their respective levels so as to avoid spillover and maintain the ability to control the rate of flow.

    If the dams were full and then hit with heavy rainwater and nearby drainage they would have no capacity to regulate the downstream flow.

    I hope and assume that the Army Corps is very aware that their releases of water are limited to a raising of the flood levels that the FORT CALHOUN and COOPER-BROWNVILLE nuclear reactor operators estimate they can defend against, and not being done because cracks or stresses are forcing them to release water regardless of the consequences for FORT CALHOUN and COOPER.

    If I could find a substantive discussion of how the logistics of this massive and complicated task are being worked out by the involved authorities, it would surprise me: I have known and tried in the past to talk to several members of CA water districts, all of whom remained abstract and totaly non-commital.

  • apeman2501

    Fortunately for all, the corrosion problems closed down the Rainier Oregon fission plant before the operators let it fall apart and cause a scene. A very bad irradiating scene, like this one and many others unless they likewise are SHUT DOWN.

  • AustralianCannonball

    My latest video on Fukushima:

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Interesting to learn that 5 of the 6 Missouri River dams above Omaha are full or near full and thus have lost their flood control ability:

    “Downstream, Garrison Dam never has had to use its floodgates since the dam was constructed 50 years ago. By mid-June, the corps plans to dump water equal to a good-sized river. The same is true for Oahe Dam, the next one downstream. Since the reservoirs are nearly full, the corps has no choice.”

    “Effective flood control from six large dams is no longer an option. As a corps representative said, ‘It now moves us into uncharted territory’ “.

    If is it correct that earthen dams cannot be allowed to runover because of erosion, then Corps water release may not be precautionary and being done in coordination with what FORT CALHOUN nuclear operators estimate they can manage.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      ..even the people themselves can and will.. …make less of this situation.
      many will say ..”Oh, that’s out in Nebraska..who gives a damn about Nebraska”.
      I have seen so many examples of this sentiment concerning BP oil spill.
      “Those folks down there..”
      “The situation down there.”
      Many people acted like the GOM was a different country.
      Trying to get them to understand…
      that (a)the GOM is part of the US.
      (b) the situation is critical and the people need help…proved to be impossible.
      So…don’t be upset ..when after a rant about the situ in Nebraska…they end up asking about the Nebraska college football team.

  • Au Au

    I can see 4 HAARP circles in Nebraska/Kansas. It actually looks like they are trying to keep storm eyes out of Omaha. Or are they bringing storms to Nebraska and Kansas? I hope it is the former. (And please don’t tell me to be quiet about HAARP. If you don’t want to read about it then skip this post.)
    Yesterday they had 2 HARRPs north of Nebraska.

    Radiation Network did have someone with a GC in the Omaha area but it looks like they turned off their GC. If you are reading this can you please turn your GC back on unless, of course, you have evacuated.

    GC from Inspector are on hold because the readout panel comes from Japan. With all of the industry in the world can’t anyone else make a readout panel? The whole USA should be lit up with GC readings on Radiation Network. Looks like things have gotten choked off at the supply route. Hmmm, what to think?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This vid a little “casual”..but shows HAARP weather modification action.
    Al this brilliance and technology.
    The hours and money spent ..only to bring destruction…when it could have been used enhance nature..literally the “water in the desert”…UTOPIA..Heaven on Earth.

  • Au Au

    E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E. needs to call all of their local news and urge them to cover the nuclear plant in NB situation. And just because one lives west of the river doesn’t mean wind won’t blow west. We commonly get wind blowing west on us when it should be blowing east.

  • NRC chairman to update Senators on safety review
    By Associated Press
    6:29 a.m. EDT, June 16, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Yatzko and other officials are set to update senators today on the state of the U.S. nuclear power industry.
    The nuclear disaster in Japan prompted a 90-day safety review of the U.S. nuclear industry.
    While problems with equipment, training and procedures were found at some U.S. nuclear reactors, officials have said there was nothing that posed a safety risk and the problems have been fixed.
    Yatzko has questioned whether U.S. reactors are prepared for the lengthy power outages that occurred in Japan. That will…,0,2820088.story