“Explosion inside a protected area” at U.S. nuke plant, says local official near Philadelphia — “No impact on public health” says NRC

Published: July 18th, 2012 at 1:40 pm ET


Title: ‘Unusual event’ reported at Limerick power plant
Source:  The Mercury
Date: July 18, 2012


According to Frank Custer, communications director with Montgomery County [~25 miles from Philadelphia, PA], the county received an email from Exelon, parent company of the [Limerick] nuclear power plant, stating that an explosion had occurred causing the “unusual event,” in Unit 1 but the event did not pose any threat to the public.

Custer said the notice reported the “unusual event” had been terminated.

A call placed to the Limerick Generating Station’s media relations spokesperson was not picked up or returned as of 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Further details were not available.

Title: Unit offline at Limerick power station, public not at risk
Source: ABC 27 WHTM
Author: Sari Heidenreich
Date: Jul 18, 2012 1:03 PM EDT


Company spokesman Dana Melia said the electrical disturbance caused a loss of power to generator cooling equipment.

He said Unit 1 will remain offline until repairs, inspections and testing can be completed.


Melia said that as a result of the electrical disturbance, an “Unusual Event” was declared at 8:39 a.m. and terminated at 9:46 a.m. An Unusual Event is the lowest of four Nuclear Regulatory Commission emergency classifications.


“We did get an alert that there was an unusual event over there … there was an explosion inside a protected area of Unit 1, but it does not affect public safety,” said Frank Custer, communications director for Montgomery County.

“This is not an explosion like you would normally think,” said Diane Screnci, senior public affairs officer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Philadelphia. “It’s more like when your house trips a circuit.”


Title: ‘No impact on public health and safety’ in southeastern Pa. nuclear plant reactor shutdown, federal agency says
Source: The Express-Times
Author: Kurt Bresswein
Date: July 18, 2012


The Limerick Generating Station entered into what the commission terms an unusual event, commission spokeswoman Diane Screnci said.

“It is stable and there was no impact on public health and safety,” Screnci said, referring to the Unit 1 reactor.


“It’s my understanding that the company’s working to better understand what happened and why it happened and to fix whatever needs to be fixed and prevent a recurrence, and the NRC inspectors will be observing their activities during that time,” Screnci said.


h/t Anonymous tips

Published: July 18th, 2012 at 1:40 pm ET


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37 comments to “Explosion inside a protected area” at U.S. nuke plant, says local official near Philadelphia — “No impact on public health” says NRC

  • "It is stable and there was no impact on public health and safety"

    When they say this, RUN AWAY as fast as you can.

    • MQ

      There's a US company making anti-radiation water filter from drinking water and also for whole home. It may be of some interest to those concerned about radiation: PureEffectFilters

    • many moons

      BTW have they EVER said anything other than…."no danger to health or safety"…..ever…..never…..just after plenty of peoples health and safety have been compromised.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Someone with a Geiger counter could find out ..drive towards the Limerick Radiation Station to see whats up.

    • richard richard

      @TheBigPicture – yours is the only right response. Again, media just repeating subjective comments.

      These media agencies, or some local from enenews, should be using dosimeters and then tell us the actual numbers on the display.

      Nothing else is relevant, particularly the usual obfuscation of the mob.media.corp.guv

  • rotnpumpkin rotnpumpkin

    Limerick is about 25 miles from my home. But, alas, I have no Geiger counter.


    • Radio VicFromOregon

      just be sure that you have a calcium/magnesium/Vit D3 supplement, liquid ionized iodine supplement, and Vit C on hand, rotnpumpkin.

  • an “Unusual Event” .whether such things predictable?.Because if not, then you must close this entire mess…

  • Radnet query has not been working in Philadelphia since 01:19 on July 16. How convenient.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Readings from the area near Limerick (east of the plant) were very high, in the 50's to 70's CPM range on Radiation Network for at least three to four months prior to this report. CPM counts only went down for a few weeks after the last accident there (water "accidentally leaked" into a nearby river) was reported.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    "“It’s my understanding that the company’s working to better understand what happened and why it happened and to fix whatever needs to be fixed and prevent a recurrence"

    In other words, "We are clueless….".

  • blackbuddha blackbudda

    "Safe, clean and reliable power for the benefit of humanity"

  • jec jec

    Gads..blab blab.."better understanding, what and why ..and FIX plus prevent." They must have used a word/sentence generation tool from some psych books. Just ask the company if they have the funds to handle a Fukushima level accident? And plans in place should that level occur. Bet you get the "unlikely to happen"..and only 300 Million dollars of insurance required..!!! If its so unlikely to occur..then any insurance agency would certainly allow them to have a policy for billions to cover an accident that will never happen..right? Oh..but the US government collects funds from all the nuclear companys and keeps an emergency fund. Well..we saw what happened with that concept with the Gulf of Mexico disaster…government paid themselves-citizens had to go to court and take legal actions against BP.
    So we should beware..and inventory all our belongings,legal documents–with lists/photo & video in a bug out bag..and in a safedeposit away from nuclear plant areas. Then maybe a change to survive a financial holocost due to a "whoops" which is unexplained, unknown, etc etc..but still an explosion in a nuke plant…

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      ok, jec, how about starting a write-in campaign to the local government and media asking them to ask that question there? The mayors of Fukushima had assumed such things were in place and found out differently. Getting this publicly asked will help turn the tide. You are sooo correct.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    What is a "protected area" in a nuclear plant? I don't think I've seen that euphemism before. What/who is being protected from what/whom, why, how, for how long and at what cost?…

    • Nuclear power plant security warranted considerable attention following the September 11th attacks. Rather than tout strengths or decry vulnerabilities, this issue brief merely attempts to provide the foundation for a better understanding of the ongoing debates.

      The Protected Area is a relatively small subsection of the Owner Controlled Area. As its name implies, the Protected Area has higher security levels than those provided for the rest of the Owner Controlled Area.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      I was wondering about hat. too. Hmmm…

    • lam335 lam335

      To be specific, it was a "protected area" on the "non-nuclear side of the plant" (?)

      Maybe they're trying to protect the area on the non-nuclear side from the stuff that's on the nuclear side … since it's such a safe technology …

  • How can it be called an "unusual" event when it happens all the time?

  • bmurr bmurr

    “It’s more like when your house trips a circuit.”

    My house explodes all the time… I just go downstairs and throw the breaker back on. someone at unit 1 must have been vacuuming while someone else was making coffee.

  • omniversling

    "Company spokesman Dana Melia said the electrical disturbance caused a loss of power to generator cooling equipment."

    And if the entire grid goes down for days, weeks, months, years? Even Newt Gingrich knows about the Carrington Effect…





    Peace on Earth, and throughout the Omniverse…

    • many moons

      I don't know much about nuclear reactors but I've heard that when they go off grid the back up GENERATORS kick in to keep the cooling system going. Why are they being mentioned…did the plant lose power and go off grid…much of the Northeast was without power due to storms…and I have heard that the back up generators fail during testing….a lot…..
      Could the explosion have been the result of the cooling system out cause the ever faulty generators didn't start???????

      One thing is for certain…..this poses no threat to human life!

  • saltyfishlvr

    The monitor for Philadelphia, is one of the approximately 50% of them that don't work. No beta results via the query. Negligence that all of these monitors are not in perfect working condition, during the world's worst nuclear crisis.

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    Pro nuke PR guys must go to school a long time to learn this phrase:

    "There is no impact on public health or safety."

  • TzarNicholasIII TzarNicholasIII

    It is kind of weird when you think about it, but Poster "Bmurr" is right, 2 or 3 times a week, my "… house trips a circuit.” and explosions happen all over the place. but if things are as simple as my frequent home explosions , then why would they then go on too say that their working to figure out what happen? shouldn't they realize that its exactly like an average home, the circuit tripped and ensuing explosions always lead to Full-House-criticality if i don't keep the temp down…. (But in all seriousness, let me say this, if tokyo is more contaminated in some places than is the areas around Chernobyl, and their government hides the data… what do you think the REAL likely hood of our government here in the US, coming forward in the event of a similar disaster ? :-/ i think a huge 0% is about right…

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Every home should have;

    smoke detector

    CO detector

    Geiger Counter

    No one is going to save you if something happens…

    NO ONE.

    You will have to save YOURSELF and your family.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Petition To Expand Emergency Zones Near Nuclear Reactors; via A Green Road

    Multiple Nuclear Reactors Bombed; All Nuclear Reactors ARE Bombs; via A Green Road