Cracks discovered in U.S. nuclear plant’s reactor shield, cracks from 2011 are spreading — Group: “The structure is compromised” — NRC: Public safety not compromised “based on the current information”; Inspector heading to site

Published: September 22nd, 2013 at 8:56 pm ET


AP, Sept. 22, 2013: The operator of an Ohio nuclear plant along Lake Erie has found several more cracks in the concrete building housing the nuclear reactor and says some cracks found earlier have grown a bit. […] Several hairline cracks were found in the structure’s 2 1/2-foot-thick concrete two years ago. FirstEnergy determined they were caused by wind-blown moisture seeping into the concrete and freezing during a blizzard, and that the structural integrity wasn’t affected. […]

Toledo Blade, Sept. 21, 2013: […] Despite the determination that three of the cracks had spread, Ray Lieb, FirstEnergy’s site vice president for Davis-Besse, said the building is still safe. […] FENOC is in the midst of seeking a 20-year renewal of Davis-Besse’s operating license, which expires in 2017. Michael Keegan, a spokesman for one of four anti-nuclear groups opposing the renewal, said the NRC’s continued acceptance of FirstEnergy’s studies of the Shield Building should inspire “little confidence” in the public concerning its structural integrity. “The structure is compromised,” he said Friday. “Once again, FENOC puts profit above safety.”

Plain Dealer, Sept. 20, 2013: The company today said inspections using a new, high-definition camera inserted into holes drilled into the 2.5-foot thick concrete building revealed cracks not seen before – and that cracks found in previous inspections had grown […] The company first discovered cracks in the building in 2011 […] thousands of cracks just under the surface […] “The NRC has been closely following this issue and independently reviewing” the situation, the agency said in a statement. “Based on the current information, this issue does not compromise the safety of the plant or the public.” The agency also sent its own structural inspector to Davis-Besse, said spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng in an email.

WKSU News, Sept, 20, 2013: More cracks discovered in Davis-Besse nuclear reactor shield […] the building is still able to keep the elements out and radiation in. About half of the shield’s examination ports have been inspected, and the NRC will check the rest in the next several weeks.

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Published: September 22nd, 2013 at 8:56 pm ET


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23 comments to Cracks discovered in U.S. nuclear plant’s reactor shield, cracks from 2011 are spreading — Group: “The structure is compromised” — NRC: Public safety not compromised “based on the current information”; Inspector heading to site

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Radiation cannot escape from cracks in containment vessels. Due to the width of the wavelength of radioisotopes, it is impossible to leak through openings – no matter how large – caused by weather wear and tear or defective/corrupt construction, as all of these containment vessels were designed by the most educated and honorable engineers money can corrupt. I mean purchase. I mean do a good job.

    Jack Welch told me so.

    It's a good thing GE doesn't pay any taxes (saving billions and billions of dollars), or have any liability/responsibility for their defective nuclear power plants. They're such nice people.

    • Kassandra

      Many people in Japan have spoken out, blogged, and demonstrated.

      Unfortunately, people who are aware and with conscience are often ignored, trivialized, and ridiculed in many societies.

      Scientists and political representatives are often destroyed professionally or threatened if they get out of line.

      Hubris, Greed and Mindless Conformity to Sociopathic Institutions are problems everywhere. They are human problems.

      Precisely these values were instantiated in the nuclear industries in Japan, the US, Canada, France, etc.

      If we survive Fukushima, we will fall victim to the next mega-nuclear disaster, and the next perhaps, but soon after that we will probably be gone from much of planet earth

      • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        "Hubris, Greed and Mindless Conformity to Sociopathic Institutions are problems everywhere. They are human problems."

        Well said , and they are all bad for promoting common sense
        that leads to the prevention of a man-made disaster before it actually happens..
        No matter how grave it could turn out to be , or how the proof that they will be all around us since nuclear and others polluting industry's day one , accumulating happily in everybody's brainwashed faces..whilest the regulating rules are allowed to constantly change for the worst.. by the rulers..

      • Anthony Anthony

        Actresses wearing muzzles to the World.

        What is wrong has become horribly obvious.

        How does one expect an actress not to be herself… she is being killed one way or another. Horribly obvious.

  • rockyourworld

    GE, we bring death to north america.

    • nedlifromvermont

      and beyond …

      but seriously, after realizing that their crappy reactors, built cheap to compete with coal, with no meaningful liability for the manufacturer, …

      once you realize your uranium business is going to "cancer" large numbers of people … why not get into medical diagnostics and cancer tumor imaging devices …

      sounds like a pretty fool-proof business plan;

      dreamed up by some sick puppy, somewhere …

      • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

        Funny you mention that. Here in the recession stricken part of central New York that is one of the industries that is growing like gangbusters. New centers going up all the time.

        • ion jean ion jean

          The big Cancer Cha Ching!! People need to go to jail for this soon…our sick care more expensive than ANY other industrialized nation with the Worst Outcomes?

          It's the big ripoff of The People for the 21st c. Capitalist Corruption, with the govt meekly going along as war and domestic spy and propaganda machine.

      • ion jean ion jean

        Victoria the NRC sposkeswoman, aka dancer says: "Doan Wurry, iss Safe!!"

        Anti Nukes say this type of pressurized water reactor has known suseptibility to circular cracking…

        WTF…defund the whole DOE like Ron Paul advises and we'll put Drs. Busby and Caldicott and Kaku in charge for awhile: REAL NUCLEAR EXPERTS!!!

    • patb2009

      This one is a B&W rac.

    • patb2009

      i'd guess that at some 35 years of operation and almost 43 years old in parts,
      the plant is done.

      Defuel it, let it cool down and figure how the clean up should be done.
      If after 2 years the cracks are getting worse, there isn't much
      purpose to trying to run out the license.

      • Duke decided to decommission the broken Crystal River plant it inherited when it bought Progress. That was the one where they dropped a replacement steam generator and it cracked the containment. Which they then spent years trying to 'patch', all to no avail. A PWR's containment structure needs to be able to hold pressure in order to properly do its job of containing 'pressure spikes' – steam (or, as at TMI2, hydrogen) explosions. A cracked containment doesn't hold pressure very well.

        Why does the NRC leave these decisions up to plant owners? That makes no sense at all. Davis-Besse previously had an issue with a hole in the head caused by a borated water leak, boron being so corrosive and PWRs dependent upon boron to control neutron flux.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, his name is out of control.. Progress!

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Yes that is correct, it's out of our control, the people have no say so what so ever, period! The lobbyist own DC & done so for decades & look at the results. We have a economic melt down, wide spread nuclear melt down in Japan & Russia & also the waste sites in the USA that have been out of control for years but have been hidden by the operators & sub-ass-contractors who make billions for doing nothing but cooking the books & while the public gets cooked from the inside out! Yellow Cake is like war on drugs, the Cash Cow That Never Runs Out Of MILK, deadly Milk!
    Thanks GE, DC & all the sorry ass politicians who push nuclear any thing! HELL IS FOR EVER, But They Dont Care!

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Man, they really gotta stop doing crack at these nuclear plants. They are playing a dangerous game: if they don't shut this plant down because of the cracks, I can see it being a slippery slope. In the future, someone might build a nuclear plant with shoddy concrete strength. Obviously cracks appearing in a fresh pour would normally trigger alarms. But then, someone says, "Nah, they had cracks in the concrete at this other plant, and they renewed their license, so it would be unfair to deny our license because of these cracks. Don't forget we are on the Eve of Idiocracy.

  • teamplayer

    The environment has always taken a backseat to the quest for "progress," support of industry, weapons testing, etc.
    Our most basic resources; air, water, soil have long been compromised thanks to drilling, coal and uranium mining, nuclear plants, and so on. The world's oceans were already in a fragile state, even before Fukushima.
    We had so many warnings.
    Hanford is a mess.
    TMI happened and NPPs continued operating.
    Chernobyl happened and NPPs continued operating.
    Now we have Fukushima, and it is possible that we have a situation that technology can not fix. We were already on a path of self-destruction before Fukushima, but with it, we have reached a critical point.

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Let's just hope that the cement wasn't made by the same EVIL company as this!

  • ftlt

    Fracking quake damage????

  • natano natano

    If that's what Jack said, we all need to believe…..
    funny post. thanks. It's good to have a laugh while the titanic breaks in half.