Emergency declared after fire at U.S. nuclear plant — Lasted almost 30 minutes

Published: April 16th, 2013 at 9:15 am ET
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Title: Event Notification Report
Source: NRC
Date: April 15, 2013

Facility: WOLF CREEK [KS ...]
Event Date: 04/11/2013
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section: 50.72(a) (1) (i) – EMERGENCY DECLARED [...]

UNUSUAL EVENT FOR A FIRE LASTING GREATER THAN 15 MINUTES

“The fire started at 1455 CDT in the turbine building southeast stairwell and on the auxiliary boiler room roof. Fire fighting efforts continue as fire exists inside the wall between the turbine building and the auxiliary boiler room.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, state, and local governments.

Notified DHS, FEMA, and the NICC. [...]

“Wolf Creek declared a NOUE at 15:10 CDT on 4/11/13 due to a fire that started at 14:55 [CDT] in the Turbine Building SE stairwell and on the Auxiliary Boiler room roof. The fire was extinguished at 15:19 [CDT], and cool to the touch at 16:48 [CDT]. The Offsite Fire Department was called and responded but their support in fire suppression was not required, they did assist in clean up and fire investigation efforts. [...]

See also: Fire shuts down unit at nuclear plant -- Officials: "Triggered by 'minor' fire in oil tanker outside reactor building"

Published: April 16th, 2013 at 9:15 am ET
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8 comments to Emergency declared after fire at U.S. nuclear plant — Lasted almost 30 minutes

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    All the NPP's are facing the end of their designed lifespans, and from here on out it will be a constant barrage of internal problems with all of them, not beginning to touch on external situations that will also surely affect the majority of them.

    These are not used cars that can be taken into the repair shop. Entire structures and internal engineering supports exposed to decades of destructive ionizing radiation. Cement crumbling, metal becoming brittle, electrical insulation degrading – these plants were never designed to run this long.

    NRC extensions are not based on sound structural engineering standards. They are based solely on cost considerations re: electricity replacement costs, decommissioning costs and shareholder profits.

    It is cheaper for them to let a large accident happen, which then requires the taxpayers to foot any clean-up bills – which will run into the hundreds of billions of dollars – and spares the shareholders.


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    • weeman

      I total agree, in Canada the max fine for a accidental or negligent release of contamination into the environment is $250,000 dollars, after that the tax payer picks up the tab, so anything over let say 20 gallons of mildly radioactive water we are covered any more and guess who is left to mop up the other millions of gallons.

      Let's not forget that the constant bombardment of neutrons striking the steel containment vessel is degrading and weaking the steel containment all the time.


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      • patb2009

        That neutron embrittlement and rising transition temp of the reactors is a big problem.

        as the transition temp keeps rising, the rac loses robustness.

        I can't wait for the NRC to start relicensing reactors with transition temps about 210 F.


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  • RichardPerry

    I agree, keep up with info.


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  • lam335 lam335

    "Wolf Creek Generating Station is Kansas’ only nuclear power plant. It is located in Coffey County, Kansas, just northeast of Burlington. We are about 55 miles south of Topeka, 90 miles southwest of Kansas City and 120 miles northeast of Wichita."

    http://www.wcnoc.com/aboutwolfcreek.htm


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Congress fired the head of the NRC because he was against what the nuke power bunch is doing! Fairewinds.org has a podcast on this & also explains how the NRC uses low ball figures of what the cost of a human life is worth! The same goes for clean up from efforts after a major failure & release of nucular crap in the air,soil & water!Would congress change their minds if made to stay a day in front of #4 fuel pool at Fukushima with all the owners of nuke plants?


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Not good to live within a hundred mile radius of any nuclear plant because of the radiation they give off.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    Come on TBP … I live 9.5 statute miles northwest of Vermont Yankee NPP … … … you are bumming me out!!!!

    peace …


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