Emergency declared at U.S. nuclear plant due to fire in turbine building — Two ‘reflash events’ occurred — Fire emergency lasted over four hours #PaloVerde

Published: September 5th, 2013 at 12:34 am ET


Associated Press, Sept. 3, 2013: The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station declared an unusual event when oil-soaked insulation behind a water pump caught fire, officials said Tuesday. […] An unusual event is the lowest of four emergency levels for nuclear power plants. […] APS spokesman said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but NRC spokesman Victor Dricks said it appeared that insulation that covers very hot metal surfaces had become soaked by bearing lubrication over time. […] The unusual event was the second at Palo Verde in two months […] The last unusual event was on July 2 when Unit 1 reactor temporarily reduced its power production after there was a minor explosion in a cabinet that holds electrical switching gear.

NRC: Event Notification Report for September 4, 2013 – UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO FIRE IN THE TURBINE BUILDING […] An Event Classification of Unusual Event (HU2.1) was declared at 1926 [MST] for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. At 1912, smoke was detected by a security officer by the ‘A’ train Main Feed pump. An Auxiliary Nuclear Operator investigated and identified a fire on lagging, with one foot flames behind the main standard ‘A’ train Main Feed pump. The fire team responded to the fire and is currently on scene. Fire was declared out at 1957. […] The ‘A’ Main Feed pump high vibration alarm was received, but the continued operation of the main feed pump is currently not in jeopardy.” While removing lagging, during the recovery process, the licensee had 2 reflash events. The flame was extinguished and the licensee continues to remove the oil soaked lagging for the ‘A’ Main Feed pump. […] Vapor extraction differential pressure was increased to eliminate the oil vapor leak. At 2134 MST, received a report of two reflash events while the Fire Department was removing additional lagging with no sustained flame or fire. All the affected lagging has been removed and the fire emergency was terminated at 2345 MST on 9/2/13.”

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Published: September 5th, 2013 at 12:34 am ET


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21 comments to Emergency declared at U.S. nuclear plant due to fire in turbine building — Two ‘reflash events’ occurred — Fire emergency lasted over four hours #PaloVerde

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    And the bell keeps tolling….

  • I did a debunk on a 90% educated post by Karl Denninger on Fukushima. Its a good read by both of us, my best work in several months.


    • mopar69 mopar69

      Impressive debunk and NETC is a great site. Have you noticed Providence, RI has been at RC4 continually for the past several days?

      • Thanks, what is RC4?

        You referring to the research reactor they have over there?

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          If you look on the netc site, on the left, you can click on the alert option to see which locations have rising radiation readints to the level of a RADCON-4. The highest is the alert status at the RADCON-5.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            These are on the alert section for right now:

            Site – Alert conditions met, Reliable, Active and In your local area. RAM Radiation Alert Message email sent to clients to inform them that the radiation level has increased passed their highest level in a quarter of a year, Be careful !
            List of RADCON-5 sites:
            4:303 near Wilmington, NC, US 66 2013-09-05 12:48:00 A

            RADCON-4 Concern/Watch
            G Good Site – Reliable but Alert condition not met
            U Unreliable Site – Unreliable site, not enough data points, and alert condition not met
            I Inactive Site – Reach RADCON-4 but went inactive – no more data
            List of RADCON-4 sites:
            4:408 near Montgomery, AL, US 212 2013-09-05 10:33:00 U
            5:408 near Montgomery, AL, US 254 2013-09-05 10:33:00 U
            5:423 near Birmingham, AL, US 256 2013-09-05 12:03:00 U
            4:429 near Augusta, GA, US 282 2013-09-05 12:37:00 G
            5:608 near Tulsa, OK, US 360 2013-09-05 13:13:00 G
            5:713 near Omaha, NE, US 354 2013-09-05 11:34:00 U
            5:727 near Jefferson City, MO, US 287 2013-09-05 10:39:00 U
            4:919 near Tucson, AZ, US 187 2013-09-05 12:23:00 G
            5:919 near Tucson, AZ, US 359 2013-09-05 12:23:00 G
            5:956 near Phoenix, AZ, US 330 2013-09-05 12:24:00 G

  • rockyourworld

    Dricks said it appeared that insulation that covers very hot metal surfaces had become soaked by bearing lubrication over time. get out the pitchforks and torches!

  • jec jec

    HUGE robot cranes at Reactor 3 fell over. Wonder if they are looking at the ground? At the crane trying to keep an eye on it or WHY the crane fell over. Fukushima Diary has a video up of the accident..did it come from us here?

    Anyway..lights around ANY reactor at night means something going on..we just do not know what..

    • jec jec

      Thats ONE crane..not multiple,sorry. Ground must be getting pretty soft…we probably see the "wacka a bot" effort start today..pulling up a crane stuck in mud.

      • weeman

        The magic question is why did it collapse, I doubt that it was lifting more than designed, as they have gauges to gauge weight and load was not putting undo stress on crane as it was close to ground when collapse occurred .
        My guess the land that the crane was positioned on collapsed or gave way, very common reason for a crane to collapse and since the area is like quick sand and water table is close to surface.

        • ftlt

          Cranes miss a pick or a shackle fails…They go bouncy bouncy and over they go… Seen it happen before… Scary

          Bet they are picking some tough load at bad angles there.. Out of necessity

          Also would suggest the equipment is old and not getting serviced often either..

          Who wants to bring in a new one that can never leave???

          On the cheap is FUFU… Has been from the beginning

    • mairs mairs

      According to Fukushima Diary they said there was a crack at the main mast and jib junction. As you can see in the video the main mast was still upright. The attachments fell over.

  • irhologram

    They even use the term "REflash" and STILL you do not connect this to FLASH theory, but instead continue about Fukushima on THIS thread? Why will you not examine that the more than a dozen now since Spring…U.S. nuclear plant spontaneous fires or smoke in turbines, switch yards, transformers, and activation of CO2 fire retardant gas in an automatic response reportedly to "poisonous, flammable gas" ( likely methane/CO2), as well as pinhole leaks in welds and metals, and containment materials designed to last 5years lasting 5 months…MAY be and likely ARE related to one causative factor as new to ithe mix as is the sudden number of NPP failures. Would the timing, alone not cause you to investigate this???….can you not see that if we DON'T address Methane/H2S in our own nuclear plants coolant waters and the NPPs proximity to water soluble, gas pluming bodies of water, Fukushima will be a drop in the bucket! WHY do you have such blinders on you cannot see dangers all around you, but instead only focus on one far distant that will impact you, yes, but maybe not as soon as THOSE DANGERS YOU NOW CHOOSE TO IGNORE. I have been saying FOR MONTHS this is URGENT and will get worse and the response back is "it's because they're old." Really? Well, then why are new REPAIRS failing, as well? PLEASE take this seriously. Demand disclosure. Demand response. Either shut them all down or coat all parts with graphene, but DO SOMETHING! NOW!

    • nedlifromvermont

      @irhologram … I get your heightened sense of awareness and your sense of urgency … but whom are your comments aimed at??? At other posters here or the NRC or the Japanese? When you say "cause you to investigate" is that the NRC or the experts in our chat room? Then "can you not see that if we don't address …", I'm confused. The NRC won't "see" anything they chooses not to look at. The rest of us here can see the links plainly, but we at enenews are not allowed past the security perimeter to address anything at all.

      The whole nuclear power fiasco is a giant bureaucratic failure which big GE money paid for, patiently, over decades, using handpicked committee chairman and bureaucrats to further their dastardly plans to monetize Einstein's mass/energy equivalence equation … and there is little anyone can do to change this fact now, sixty years after the process was designed by corrupt and evil businessmen and their representatives in the whorehouse we call Congress.

      It is sad, shameful and also tragic. Many innocents lives are already ruined, but the death toll will climb much higher. The money was not that good or important that a small group of businessmen should have been allowed to ruin our lives. But it happened. The Kool-Aid was spiked and many drank it. Those who refused were force fed the radionuclides in their sleep.

      Angry still? Go tug on a Congressman's sleeve and see if you can get him/her to pay attention.

  • irhologram

    My comments are aimed at the general level of awareness HERE. I'm so glad to see YOU know that methane/H2S is taking DOWN U.S. nuclear plants! This is BEYOND "individually" writing MY or YOUR congressman or sending e-mails. Folks here think we are POWERLESS but it ISN'T so. We can use BUZZ just like buzz ad agencies. All we have to do is know how and be willing to participate TOGETHER. I know how and have credentials in media. I have SUGGESTED a plan of action, but people here are more interested in posting about possible fissioning seen on webcams and cranes falling at Fukushima…no doubt important. But IMO? Fukushima is just ONE link in the cog. If we don't take our Fukushima thumbs out of our you know what's, we've got a lot more alligators than eyeballs (as in up to our eyeballs). We're already IN OVER OUR HEADS. For the love of GOD! We have to mobilize TOGETHER while we can still swim in the flow. Without a VISION the people perish.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Got it irh. I'll try to help. Methane hydrates are a problem. They could rapidly become a much bigger problem. Haven't seen an update on Bayou Corne on this site for quite some time …

    I'm kind of with Anthony on the global conscience thing. This is a chance to kill nuke power. If we can't even do that after FUKUshitty, then what hope do we have of stopping (coping with) global warming or Monsanto's crazy schemes.

    peace to you!

  • irhologram

    Must rush out the door. May I just suggest that we haven't yet TRIED to mobilize a coordinated BUZZ effort? Could it fail? Well ,SURE. Does it have an equally good chance of succeeding? YES!!!!! Just as movements THROUGHOUT history have started with small, but inspired moments of BUZZ (whatever it may have been called then.) Ciao for now.

  • SusanS

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