Fire at New York nuclear plant burns for hours — Outside firefighters called in to help — Reactor goes into shutdown

Published: November 12th, 2012 at 1:58 pm ET
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>>>UPDATE HERE: NRC Report: New York nuclear plant entered emergency plan because it couldn't extinguish fire -- FEMA, DHS were notified -- Fukushima-type reactor <<<

Title: FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Oswego County shuts down during fire
Source: The Post-Standard
Author: Tim Knauss
Date: Nov 11, 2012 updated Nov 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Update: The fire caused the plant to shut down at 3:55 a.m., not 5:45 a.m. as reported in an earlier version of this story. The plant owners declared an “unusual event” at 5:45 a.m.

For the second time in a week, the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Oswego County shut down unexpectedly today, this time because of a fire.

The plant shut down automatically at 3:55 a.m. after a fire broke out in the plant’s main transformer, according to a press release from owner Entergy Nuclear. The fire was extinguished at 6:32 a.m., the company reported. [...]

CNY Central: Firefighters from outside the plant were called in, and had cleared the scene by after 8am.

NRC Emergency Classifications: [Level 1] Notification of Unusual Event – Under this category, events are in process or have occurred which indicate potential degradation in the level of safety of the plant. No release of radioactive material requiring offsite response or monitoring is expected unless further degradation occurs.

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24 comments to Fire at New York nuclear plant burns for hours — Outside firefighters called in to help — Reactor goes into shutdown

  • sheri sheri

    I guess the obvious thing to say, so I'll say it, is 'what else'? Never in my wildest dreams did I think it was possible for so many disasters to be happening at once. Mother nature is very pissed off and can't say I blame her.


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      though I have a tendency to agree with you, sheri, I'm also wondering if other factors aren't coming into play. It's likely centralized media prevented much of what we're seeing, lately, from coming to our attention in the past. Put another way, the internet allows for more disparate reporting. Since hang'n here, I've learned of hundreds of nuclear-related 'accidents' that have occurred over the decades, yet never made it to my attention. As others out here have fought the good fight for many years, admittedly, such ignorance is likely due to selfish myopia; concern more with family and career pursuits. Yet again, I can't help but sense we're being 'treated' to a smorgasbord of environmental disasters by 'something' that's outside our control…


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      • patb2009

        1) many of these are small events that you just didn't see prior to the internet,

        2) the plants are getting older, so a lot of stuff is breaking down. Life extension is likely going to prove uneconomical as plants face increasing outages.


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          second point, patb2009, is an excellent addition…


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        • many moons

          Good point Path…machines don't run forever.
          So…how long can nuclear plants run, given there is no outside weather, or EQ interference….how long can they run before they start falling apart…before the cracks start appearing and the plant starts having near disaters every other week?….NO one knows!….I guess the only way to find out is to keeping them activly producing til they stop and have a melt down and contaminate a large portion of the country where they are located.
          That's the plan we have folks and it couldn't be worse.


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  • Its Curtains

    Your screenshot shows 157 in Alabama not New York.


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  • Gnarfi

    I know, but alert is alert ;-)

    Now its normal level again.


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  • Hardly ever see alerts about wind turbines…
    "GULL DROPPING FOUND ON TURBINE BLADE – Operator used cloth"..
    ..they just sit there going round and round and round…


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      don't kid yourself 53north. I've seen a video (from Europe) of a large turbine that decided to go it's own way. It was impressive and scary. They're working out the issues behind such failures (bearing-pack stresses). These are incredibly powerful monsters! And I'll take one in my backyard any day over the radioactive dust that plagues my garden…


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi 53north,
      Image-google "scottish wind turbine fire"
      ;-)

      (I agree with you on the topic!!)


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  • SEMIjt

    gnarfi, that user is new and did not use the simulation mode to do local environmental testing. i can assure you that Alabama station is fine.


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  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    Is it any wonder there is a blackout on Nuclear reactors, no one in their right mind would think these are safe and demand their total decommissioning.

    Anything that "BLOWS UP" when it springs a leak, the power goes out, causing a melt-down & deadly explosion, should never been built!

    I have a degree in Radiation Health Technology, worked for NV Power as their energy expert & even I would not have voted for their construction.


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  • Entergy keeps coming up in these klunker problems

    Entergy is evil

    Kill nuke, put a nail in the coffin


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  • Probably a secondary issue due to weather conditions from 'Sandy'.

    Just a guess.

    If it was caused by water or wind damage we would never be told.

    Every single system should be double checked after being hit with something like Sandy. But that would be too costly, so it's 'cheaper' just to run them and see if they work. If it breaks then fix the part and hope backup systems work as designed during the failures.

    During which time we will 'always' get told…
    "There was no release of radiation and the event did not threaten the health of employees or the public", the company said.


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  • razzz razzz

    Didn't I tell them to mop and dry out the electrical room?

    These real time stress tests will certainly find all the nuclear plants' weak points. First flooding then emergency shut downs then grid disasters then salt water then debris intake…


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Yea, and you also told them to quit spraying that water hose around inside of the electrical panels, after throwing in some aluminum Christmas tree icicles.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Fukushima Crisis Total Cost $1-10 TRILLION Dollars; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/06/fukushima-crisis-total-cost-up-to-10.html

    On 3/11; 15-24 Nuclear Reactors/SFP’s In Japan Were Damaged, Not 3 or 4; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/14-nuclear-reactors-at-4-japan-sites.html


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  • dave14139

    Shut it down already. Follow German lead – who are the worlds best engineers. Nukes way too dangerous. Time to turn them off, let the spent fuel pool cool, and move all used fuel to dry cask storage. It is insane that we accept this risk where loss of cooling can do so much harm.


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  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Hmmm…so the newspaper didn't even bother to send a reporter up there to get a shot of some rising smoke. Tight budget? One more disaster picture too much for the American psyche so thinks the editor? If it had been an ice cream cart on fire, it would have deserved at least a 2 by 2 in a local rag. This has got to be one of the most underplayed nuclear fire stories i have ever seen. Not saying anything was disastrous. But, it flamed for over 3 hours. That's a fire. Was it the editor? The paper's budget? Media access denied by Enterty? A call from someone asking to not unduly alarm? Has the coverage of the fire become the story? I sigh. Maybe tomorrow will be more revealing.


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