FORUM: General Nuclear Issues Discussion Thread — New as of April 2016

Published: January 1st, 2016 at 11:06 am ET


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Published: January 1st, 2016 at 11:06 am ET


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  • freebywill

    US Reactor Status Brief Update …

    Hatch 1 – shutdown saturday [third time this year] stacked up the reactor status reports. Hatch 1 has been trying to fix a Safety Relief Valve leak.
    This was first reported on Jan 21. The unit was shutdown a couple days later for repairs, but the repairs didn't fix the problem and they reported the SRV leak again on Feb 23. The unit power was lowered to 97 % on Feb 28 and it's been there until this most recent shutdown. I can only seen detail until Mar 20 thanks to NRC witholding the detail.

    Limerick 2 – began its RFO today, watch for a local rad spike Fri thru Mon.
    This unit ia approx 50km NW of Philadelphia, 50 km S of Allentown.

    The nearest EPA radmon is in Philadelphia.

    Point Beach 2 is at 48 % returning from RFO.

    Quad Cities 1 is at 83 % returning from RFO.

    Grand Gilf 1 is at 10 % attempting to restart from the latest

    Waterford 3 began its RFO run saturday, watch for local rad spike wed thru sat Waterford is approx 40km [26 miles] west of New Orleans.

    The nearest EPA radmon is Baton Rouge, approx 100km NW, with Mobile Alabama radmon approx 200km East.

  • International Radiation Monitoring Networks

    The world is very tense at present, all the reports are indicating a major war could break out, so it would be a good idea to be prepared. Hopefully common sense will prevail, and conflict will be avoided.

    A large number of people were desperate to find radiation monitoring station locations after Fukushima. They found this to be difficult because there was no comprehensive International list, plus some monitoring systems were difficult to find.

    This free community resource was created after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe so people could quickly locate International radiation monitoring stations in the event of a major nuclear event. It is regularly updated.

    In the event of a major nuclear disaster or war, this site may become overloaded, so it is suggested that you download the PDF version of this list onto your personal device, laptop, mobile phone etc., from this site. This way you can access the International Radiation Monitoring Station list from your personal device. Check this site for future updates to the list and download the latest version. Let people know this free resource is available.

    List of International Radiation Monitoring Stations

    Wind direction

    Wind direction is an important factor in determining where the radiation will go. Under the "Helpful Tools and Services" item at the top of the page, you will find a link to…

  • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

    polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

    Anybody know if there's a link to nuke crap?

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      Well, found this:

      "Formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by ionizing radiations"

      And also:

      "New research shows that atmospheric particles can encase a toxic payload, allowing it to travel further than previously thought"

      "The team found the predictions with the new shielded model of PAHs came in at the same value that Simonich measured on the mountain-four times higher than the previous model, which was considerably off the mark."

      While of course suggesting much higher lung cancer rates (worldwide) and some "adjustments" to their models.

      • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

        Oh right, from the PNNL link.

        "Research suggests these aerosols might come all the way from the other side of the Pacific Ocean."

      • Dazy Dazy

        That's some good info, Farthington. My first thought is that if it's viscous it's going to be difficult for lungs to expel. Ugh.

        "Recent experiments led by PNNL coauthor Dr. Alla Zelenyuk show that, depending on the conditions, the aerosol coatings can actually be quite viscous, that is, thick and sticky. When the atmosphere is cool and dry, the coating becomes more like hardened sap, trapping chemicals such as PAHs. Shielded by the coating, these PAHs can survive long distances, taking their harmful health effects to locations far from their origin."

  • The US Navy Aims To Sink Its Radioactive Warships Off Korea

    Today, the greatest threat confronting the U.S. Navy does not come from Russia, China or even the outlands of North Korea, but arose from the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns in spring 2011. Six years of continuous radioactive releases into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean have seriously contaminated dozens of American naval vessels and their personnel, at least 16 warships and 70,000 servicemen by the Navy’s own count. Based on closer examination of naval records of voyages, the total number is at least double that rather low official estimate.

    The Pentagon is now facing a hard choice: to scrap its radioactive fleet and dump the mess at Hanford nuclear site and inside veterans hospitals, or arrange a naval war to sink the lethal vessels and their human cargo in foreign waters.

    Considering the rising cost of health care and burden of student loans, American taxpayers are in no mood to finance the scrapping of supercarriers and missile destroyers or paying to build replacement vessels. The only way to rally the public to trade in their paltry savings accounts for armaments procurement is the outbreak of war with a supremely evil enemy.

    • With Syria now relegated to a minor-league battlefield for jihadists, and the Mediterranean shore with its luxury hotels on Israeli beaches being unsuitable for naval warfare, the Pentagon has found a distant villain in North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, who talks tough and fires short-range rockets in the general direction of the USA. Therefore, its one-reactor nuclear program is being promoted as the casus belli for a coming war. Never mind that the North Koreans are merely trying to build a minimal deterrence capability against the vastly bigger nuclear programs of Japan and South Korea, which go secretly approved by Washington DC. The logic goes: If only Tokyo had dropped its nuclear load on Pyongyang instead of dumping it into the Pacific, none of this would be happening.

      Ducks in a Shooting Gallery

      Three USN supercarrier strike groups are now heading for the Sea of Japan, a narrow (1,000 kilometers at the widest point) enclosed body of water. There in its calm dark waters, a dozen big ships along with some 130 naval jets and dozens of helicopters will be parked like ducks in a row inside a shooting gallery.

      • (cont.)
        If the North Koreans hesitate to open fire, for obvious reasons of national survival and common sense, there is a back-up team of shooters, namely the Maritime Self-Defense Force of Japan. A volley of Mitsubishi anti-ship missiles should do the job of sinking the U.S. Seventh Fleet and drowning the American sailors. The news media will assign the blame on Pyongyang for the dastardly deed. The Second Korean War will ensue, leaving millions dead from explosions and smoke, and in the chaos and fright nobody will notice the treacherous charade that sparked the brutal massacres of friends and foes alike.

  • freebywill


    The testing laboratory returned results for a blind specimen that was inconsistent with what was expected.

    [ strange report ]

    • freebywill


      "A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for a prohibited substance during a random fitness-for-duty test. The individual's unescorted access to the plant has been suspended. "

      [ the " prohibited substance " is not identified but it's probably not alcohol because they usually state if it is ]

      [ this event occurred on RFO day 37 of a typical 30, the RX Mode is Defueled which is unusual this late in a refueling run. which raises the question What's going on inside the RPV ? ]


    3 hrs ago
    20 APRIL 2017 • 4:46PM

    Syria moves its warplanes to Russian base in fear of US strikes.


    April 19th
    The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the South China Sea.

    Propulsion:2 × WestinghouseA4W nuclear reactors4 × steam turbines4 × shafts260,000 shp (194 MW)


    4.17.17 – Hawaii prepares for nuclear diaster? It's true.

    Hawaii Lawmakers Ask State to Prepare for North Korea Missile Attack

    Amongst other things, the resolution asks for the “restocking of fallout shelter provisions,” as well as calling on authorities to “conduct public awareness campaigns to ready the public for a nuclear disaster.”

    Some of their weapons, including the Taepodong-2 ballistic missile, have an intercontinental range, meaning they can travel up to 5000 miles, just short of the American coastline. But can reach Hawaii.


    DEFCON Warning System – Update 4/11/17

    If anything, stock up on water..canned goods.

  • freebywill


    "The inappropriate addition of chlorinated water from container box desiccants into the CRDMs [Control Rod Drive Mechanisms] during leak testing after rebuild could potentially initiate Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking (IGSCC) or Transgranular Stress Corrosion Cracking (TGSCC).

    These two types of SCC could cause a separation of the stop piston or separation of the index tube contained within the CRDM.

    The stop piston separation could cause a slower scram speed and damage the drive so it could not be withdrawn.

    An index tube separation could result in a similar type of rod uncoupling event that would have the potential to result in a rod drop accident (RDA).

    The piston tube located within the CRDM is a reactor coolant pressure boundary (RCPB) and is an ASME component.

    There is a possibility of cracking causing a RCPB leak.

    SCC initiation on the Cylinder Tube and Flange (CTF) area of the CRDM could result in a separation that could prevent a scram or normal insertion of a CRDM.

    [ this seems fairly serious and something that should require immediate repair/replacement ]


    • freebywill


      "Reports have been issued to River Bend, LaSalle Unit 2, and Hatch Unit 2 providing the results of an evaluation that concludes that the condition will not create a substantial safety hazard or potentially cause a Technical Specification Safety Limit violation for a minimum of one operating cycle.

      The Browns Ferry Unit 2 drives were shipped but were not installed prior to recall, thus a short-term evaluation for Browns Ferry has not been completed.

      [ so even tho the first paragraph of the report details the possible problems the manufacturer sent out a " don't worry about it report " ]

      [ btw the four units mentioned ALL went thru a refueling run this spring

      Browns Ferry 2 (AL) 02/25 to 03/30 used 33 of typ 35 days
      Hatch 2 (GA) 02/06 to 02/25 used 19 of typ 32 days
      La Salle 2 (IL) 02/06 to 03/09 used 30 of typ 20 days
      River Bend 1 (LA) 01/29 to 03/08 used 39 of typ 25 days

      bottom line- there are now at least 3 units operating with a defect that could potentially affect shutdown operations ]

      [ are there more units involved ? – unclear at this time ]

      [ who did this ? ]

      Dale E. Porter
      GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy
      Safety Evaluation Program Manager
      3901 Castle Hayne Rd., Wilmington, NC 28401
      (910) 819-4491

      [ defect green lighter ]

  • freebywill


    "At 2110 EDT, Salem control room received data that supported unacceptable levels of hydrazine concentration in the U2 Containment atmosphere based on Site Protection atmospheric sampling.

    The high hydrazine levels were caused due to Steam Generator venting into the Containment atmosphere in support of maintenance for the current Salem Unit 2 Refueling Outage (2R22).

    The NIOSH habitability limit for hydrazine is 0.03 ppm (2 hour limit).

    Area samples indicated concentrations as high as 0.25 ppm.

    Salem Unit 2 Containment has been evacuated while a mitigation plan is being developed.

    There were no personnel injuries as a result of this occurrence.

    Salem Unit 2 defueling activities were in progress during this event.

    All fuel assemblies have been placed in a safe condition.

    All Salem Unit 2 Containment activities are currently on hold.

    There has been no impact to the equipment in the Unit 2 Containment, no adverse impact to any equipment located in the vicinity of the high hydrazine concentration, and no operational impact to the plant including Shutdown Cooling which is currently on RHR."

    The Unusual Event was declared under EAL HU3.1, Toxic/Flammable Gas Release Affecting Plant Operations.

    [ wtf ]

    • freebywill

      Some followup on the Salem 2 Unusual Event – HYDRAZINE IN CONTAINMENT

      [ Article posted elsewhere – thanks Anne ]
      7 workers sickened by fumes inside N.J. nuclear reactor building

      " While the levels of hydrazine in the area were below Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exposure limit at all times, more conservative limits established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) were followed to protect plant personnel, Delmar said. " [ Delmar is the spokesweasel ]

      [ according to the EN ]
      " Area samples indicated concentrations as high as 0.25 ppm. "
      Substance … Hydrazine
      CAS No.(c) … 302-01-2
      Regulatory Limit … OSHA PEL(b) … ppm(d) … 1 … mg/m3(e) … 1.3
      Regulatory Limit … 8-hour TWA (ST) STEL (C) Ceiling … 0.01 ppm
      Recommended Limits … NIOSH REL(g) (as of 7/7/16) Up to 10-hour TWA (ST) STEL(C) Ceiling … Ca (C) 0.03 ppm [2-hr]See Appendix A
      Recommended Limits … ACGIH® 2017 TLV® (h) 8-hour TWA (ST) STEL … (C) Ceiling 0.01ppm

      [ to view what the notes are ]

      [ cont. ]

      • freebywill

        [ cont. ] followup on the Salem 2 Unusual Event – HYDRAZINE IN CONTAINMENT

        Appendix A – NIOSH Potential Occupational Carcinogens |

        CAS No. 302-01-2 |

        Physical Description
        Colorless, fuming, oily liquid with an ammonia-like odor. [Note: A solid below 36°F.]
        Class IC Flammable Liquid: Fl.P. at or above 73°F and below 100°F.
        Incompatibilities & Reactivities
        Oxidizers, hydrogen peroxide, nitric acid, metallic oxides, acids
        [Note: Can ignite SPONTANEOUSLY on contact with oxidizers or porous materials such as earth, wood & cloth.]
        irritation eyes, skin, nose, throat; temporary blindness; dizziness, nausea; dermatitis; eye, skin burns;
        In Animals: bronchitis, pulmonary edema; liver, kidney damage; convulsions;
        [potential occupational carcinogen]

        A PEL is usually given as a time-weighted average (TWA), although some are short-term exposure limits (STEL) or ceiling limits.
        A TWA is the average exposure over a specified period, usually a nominal eight hours.

        " The high hydrazine levels were caused due to Steam Generator venting into the Containment atmosphere "

        [ operator error ]

        " They were all outside contractors who were hired specifically to come to the Island to perform work related to the outage "

        [ expendables ]

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      "…The high hydrazine levels were caused due to Steam Generator venting into the Containment atmosphere…"

      Where was it supposed to get vented to?
      What is the hydrazine for/from?
      "Containment atmosphere"? What is that, exactly?

  • freebywill


    "At 1306 [EDT] on April 20, 2017, Control Room Overhead Alarm C6-C4, Seismic Monitor Panel, was received. This alarm normally indicates an actuation of the Hope Creek OBE [Operational Basis Earthquake] Seismic Switch at 0.1g, however, this alarm was accompanied by no other indications of seismic activity. The indicator for a 0.01g earthquake was not actuated, no earthquake was felt on site, and the National Earthquake Information Center recorded no seismic activity in the area.

    "The Seismic Monitor Panel was considered non-functional.

    With the Seismic Monitor Panel non-functional, the ability to classify EAL HA1.1, Operating Basis Earthquake Detected Onsite, was lost.

    Testing of the Seismic Monitor Panel is in progress to determine system functionality."

    [ Hope Creek and Salem share the same area ]

  • freebywill


    "On 04/20/2017 at 0302 EST during a reactor startup, a reactor scram resulted from upscale spike on two Intermediate Range Monitors (IRMs), 1C51K601A and 1C51K601B.

    IRM A, 1C51K601A is in Reactor Protection System Channel A and IRM B, 1C51K601B is in Reactor Protection System Channel B.

    All control rods fully inserted.

    No PCIS [Primary Containment Isolation System] actuations occurred and none were expected to occur based upon plant condition following the reactor scram.

    "Investigation is in progress.

    Condition was not due to a true flux event.

    "This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) as an event or condition that resulted in actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical except when the actuation results from and is part of a pre-planned sequence during testing or reactor operation.

    [ this event occurred while the unit was attempting restart after refueling ]

    • freebywill

      Correction RE: Hatch 1 SCRAM – was not returning from refueling, was shutdown to try and repair a leaking Safety Relief Valve.

      From an earlier post.

      Hatch 1 – shutdown saturday [third time this year] stacked up the reactor status reports. Hatch 1 has been trying to fix a Safety Relief Valve leak.
      This was first reported on Jan 21. The unit was shutdown a couple days later for repairs, but the repairs didn't fix the problem and they reported the SRV leak again on Feb 23. The unit power was lowered to 97 % on Feb 28 and it's been there until this most recent shutdown. I can only seen detail until Mar 20 thanks to NRC witholding the detail.

  • SadieDog
    "Santa Susana was founded in the mid-1940s at what was then the remote fringe of a largely rural San Fernando Valley. The laboratory developed and tested 10 nuclear reactors for the federal government and tested rocket engines for half a century.

    The 1959 meltdown was just one mishap in decades of pollution left by atomic research, the open-air burning of toxic wastes and thousands of NASA rocket engine tests.

    Space agency technicians used at least 800,000 gallons of the carcinogenic chemical compound trichloroethylene (TCE) as a degreasing agent, then poured it out on the ground, where it flowed into unlined ponds and percolated down to local aquifers, records show. The EPA estimates that half a million gallons of the substance remain in the soil and groundwater beneath the lab. Other contaminants from NASA’s activities include perchlorate, hydrazines, PCBs, dioxins and heavy metals, the EPA found."

    • SadieDog

      "Several studies have linked Santa Susana to increased cancer risks. However, scientists associated with the laboratory’s owners have questioned such findings, saying they make unwarranted assumptions about how much poison people actually are exposed to, or extrapolate from study populations that are too small.

      The debate has gone on for decades.

      In 1997, UCLA School of Public Health researchers found that field lab workers who were exposed to radiation at Santa Susana have an increased risk of dying of cancer. Researchers estimated the risks at six to eight times higher than those permitted under federal guidelines for long-term exposure to low-level radiation. News stories at the time quoted scholars hired by the laboratory to review the findings as questioning the study’s methodology.

      Two years later, the School of Public Health scientists published research showing twice as many lung cancers in workers who faced a lot of exposure to hydrazine on the job, compared with workers who didn’t. The authors said they couldn’t prove hydrazine exposure was to blame, but they were confident some chemical or chemicals related to hydrazine or other aspects of rocket engine fueling was the source of the danger. Again, scholars under contract with the laboratory’s owners called the findings inconclusive."

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Major Eruption of Sakurajima Volcano Japan EXPECTED in next 30 years. What if an earthquake and/or tsunami causes a situation there such as they have at Fukushima within 30 years? They should shut it down and decommission the Sendai nuclear power plant NOW. If they start NOW, maybe the fuel will be cool enough to move in 30 years.

    Stupid is as stupid does

  • I do not know what is worse: TEPCO or the stupidity of the human population that believes their lies and propaganda.

    Six years later, some workers at Fukushima nuclear plant say they can do without protective gear

    At the facility on the Pacific Coast, people in casual clothes stroll under cherry trees in full bloom.

    Hot meals made with local ingredients are served for ¥380 at a cafeteria. Cold drinks, snacks and sweets are available at a convenience store.

    This scene is not unfolding at a popular tourist site, but at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which was rocked by a magnitude-9 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011.

    Accompanied by officials from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., a group of reporters was given access to the power station earlier this month.

    Efforts to remove radioactive debris and to cover tainted soil with materials like mortar have helped decrease the radiation at the plant, allowing workers to wear regular uniforms at about 95 percent of the site.

    Visitors can overlook the four reactor buildings from a hill about 80 meters from the facility, where core meltdowns hit reactors 1, 2 and 3. Hydrogen explosions heavily damaged the buildings for units 1, 3 and 4, which have since received new facades.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    fracking on steroids : Project Sedan

    aquifer contamination? Still a bunch of radiation underground, no doubt. Near Las Vegas, home of flying radioactive drums. Next time you see a UFO, hope it is just aliens

  • unincredulous unincredulous 54 Millisieverts =Leukemia

    should we be worried? Nah. I would not want to live downwind of Fukushima though. My fear of radiation might kill me

  • freebywill


    The U.S. Coast Guard did not properly dispose of Inflight Blade Inspection Systems (IBIS) containing 100 microCurie, Sr-90 sources during the retirement of 72 HH-52 aircrafts from 1987 to 1989 and 50 HH-3 aircrafts from 1990 to 1994.

    The HH-52 contain 3 canisters and HH-3 contain 5 canisters, each canister contain a 100 microCurie, Sr-90 source.

    Most canisters were retrieved and returned to the manufacture, General Nucleonics, Inc.

    The licensee has notified R1 (Jackson).

    [72 HH-52 x 3 canisters per x 100 microCurie = 21600 microCuries
    50 HH-3 x 5 canisters per x 100 microCurie = 25000 microCuries
    46600 microCuries ttl.

    Doesn't seem like much. ]

    " Most canisters were retrieved and returned … "

    [ weasel words – the canisters are most likely serialized so they should have been able to provide an exact accounting ]

    [ net result – USCG is guilty of failing to perform actions required to ensure beyond a reasonable doubt their handling of nuclear materials won't lead to injury. imo they are guilty of 1) Dereliction of duty; 2) Fraud; 3) Breach of Contract; 4) Extortion; 5) Making false statements. ]

    [ imo the only crime I would support the death penalty for would be for a gov't employee to lie to the public in order to keep their cushy lifestyle. ]


    • freebywill



      Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly – although it is unlikely – temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks. For additional information go to

      [ more weasel words – not life threatening – unless the material finds its way into you, which since they can't account for it, can't be ruled out. SR90 is an beta emitter and bone seeker, HL 28 years, decays to Yitrium 90 HL 64 hrs beta decay to Zirconium 90 HL 2.0×10(19) years double beta decay to stable Z90. ]


  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Yucca Mountain repository project halted by Obama administration.
    Apr 24, 2017

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    China Deploys Floating Nuclear Power Plant to South China Sea

    April 24, 2017

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    7 workers sickened by fumes inside N.J. nuclear reactor building

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Gotham Shield: Emergency responders from across the region stage nuclear bomb drill

  • Byrian419


    • 😐

      This entity over-TROLLS a specific idea.

      It must not remember clearly the 'submit' rules, especially number 3.

      I wonder how I'll look back and remember the EneNews website someday?

      Mostly I'll remember fondly those who tried their best via heartfelt 'comments' to increase awareness of an out of control Nuclear Power Industry and the devastation it has released upon every living thing on this planet. And… I'll also remember those 'few' who continually trolled a specific concept into the ground.

      IMHO – It's an OCD waste of time. (mine and yours)

      Thanks to ALL of the great commenters!!!
      _ You know who you are. 😉

  • freebywill


    "Following engineering evaluation of tornado missile protection, the Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) 7 day tank vent piping is subject to potential damage for EDGs D, 3A, 3B, 3C, and 3D.

    In the event that a tornado missile impact occurs on the aforementioned ventilation piping, there is a possibility that the vent lines could crimp.

    This could prevent the tanks from venting and would inhibit the transfer of fuel oil from the 7 day tank to the associated EDG.

    As a result, EDGs D, 3A, 3B, 3C, and 3D are inoperable for tornado missile protection and the Tech Spec actions cannot be met.

  • freebywill


    "On April 25, 2017 at approximately 0900 [EDT], it was identified that power to RM-G8 Area Gamma Radiation Monitor for the Fuel Handling Building Bridge, had not been restored within 72 hours.

    RM-G8 was de-energized during the B train essential bus outage and was restored on April 25, 2017 at 1148.

    It was out of service for approximately 92 hours.

    Compensatory measures were in place per HPP-904 while RM-G8 was out of service.

    "RM-G8 is identified in the emergency plan as an equipment important to emergency response. NUREG-1022, Rev. 3 Supplement 1 Event Report Guidelines 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii), allows a 72 hour planned outage time to restore equipment important to emergency response.

    "Since RM-G8 was not restored in 72 hours, it is reportable as an 8 hour ENS.

    "This event should have been reported when it was known that the 72 hour outage time was not going to be met.

    This issue has been entered in the station's corrective action program."

    Fuel inspections were occurring during this time with compensatory measures in place.

  • freebywill

    US_NPS_Status_Brief_for_Wednesday_April_26_2017 … NRC Region 1 …*=GE mark1

    Beaver Valley 2 (PA) @ 0 % Refueling Outage Day 005 of typical 40 – watch for local increased radiation today thru Sunday

    Ginna 1 (NY) @ 0 % RFO Day 003 of typical 23 – watch for local radiation increase Fridy thru Monday

    Indian Point 3 (NY) @ 0 % RFOD#_045 Baffle bolts issue, same as IP2 last sping, expect shutdown to last until June


    • freebywill

      US_NPS_Status_Brief_for_Wednesday_April_26_2017 … NRC Region 2 …*=GE mark1

      *Brunswick 1 (NC) @ 0 % – shutdwn for unknown reason

      McGuire 2 (NC) @ 100 % – returned from RFO – used 23 of typical 29 – leftover parts will be returned for carbon credits

      Turkey Point 3 (FL) @ 0 % – RFOD#_028 of typical 028 – expect restart

      Watts Bar 1 (TN) @ 0 % – RFOD#_036 of typical 035 – overdue for RFO exit

      Watts Bar 2 (TN) @ 0 % – has been SD for 37 days – unk reason

      • freebywill

        US_NPS_Status_Brief_for_Wednesday_April_26_2017 … NRC Region 3 …*=GE mark1

        Braidwood 2 (IL) @ 0 % – RFOD#_003 of typical 27 – watch for local rad increase Friday thru Sunday

        Palisades 1 (MI) @ 0 % – RFOD#_003 of typical 25 – watch for local rad increase Friday thru Sunday

        • freebywill

          US_NPS_Status_Brief_for_Wednesday_April_26_2017 … NRC Region 4 …*=GE mark1

          Arkansas 2 (AR) @ 0 % – RFOD#_029 of typiccal 23 – overdue for restart

          Comanche Peak 2 (TX) @ 0 % – RFOD#_024 of typical 028

          Diablo Canyon 1 (CA) @ 0 % – RFOD#_004 of typical 029 – watch for local rad increase Thursday thru Saturday

  • freebywill


    "At 1004 CDT, […] reactor automatically tripped due to the partial loss of offsite power.

    At the time of the trip, the site was in a Tornado Warning and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

    The Emergency Feedwater (EFW) system auto-actuated due to the loss of main feedwater pumps and the loss of the Reactor Coolant pumps.

    Both Emergency Diesel Generators started as expected with only one loading as expected. All control rods fully inserted.

    […] ANO-1 has stabilized in Hot Standby via natural circulation.

    "ANO-1 also lost Spent Fuel Pool (SFP) cooling for approximately 69 minutes. The temp. […] at the beginning of the event was approximately 102 [degrees] F. [ with a rise ] of 1 [degree] F during the loss of SFP cooling. The SFP cooling has been restored.

    "ANO-2 is currently in a refueling outage with all fuel in the SFP. ANO-2 completed a full core off load to the SFP and this was completed on April 12, 2017. SFP cooling was lost for approximately 10 minutes. The SFP temperature was 91 [degrees] F prior to the event. No heat up of the pool […]. Cooling has subsequently been restored.

    The #1 Emergency Diesel Generator auto-started as designed but did not supply the safety bus due to availability of offsite power.


    • freebywill


      [ ANO2 is at ReFueling Outage day 30 of typical 23 with the RX Mode as Defueled. Normally the fuel would be reloaded by now. Another unit that has something major going on inside the RPV. Maybe baffle bolts as in the case of Indian Point. Last year Salem 1 was discovered to have the same problem after they got inside. Salem 2 began its RFO, won't be surprised if they announce baffle bolt issues. ]

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog


    The South African government’s plan to bulldoze through a nuclear energy deal has been dealt what might be a fatal blow by the Cape Town High court which has declared the plan invalid. It found that the government had not followed due process in making the decision to pursue a nuclear power option, as well as in other critical areas.

    The court’s decision has put paid to President Jacob Zuma’s hopes of clinching the nuclear build programme before leaving office in 2019 if he completes his term.

    The case was brought to court by Earthlife Africa and the Southern Africa Faith-Communities’ Environmental Institute.

    …The judge, Lee Bozalek, ruled the government’s action unconstitutional and found that five decisions it had taken were illegal. These included the government’s decision to go ahead with the nuclear build and the fact that it had handed over the procurement process to the state utility Eskom. The court also ruled that Eskom’s request for information from nuclear vendors, a step taken to prepare the procurement, which ended on 28 April 2017 was invalid.

    If it still wants to pursue the nuclear deal the government will have to start all over again. …

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    A firm that investigated TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant has alleged TVA edited third-party reports on the plant's work environment.

    "They were clear, covering a period of years," the NTD report said. "It appears there were attempts to downplay the precursors and failures to implement appropriate (corrective actions)."

    TVA had hands in investigations?

    According to NTD, one of the Watts Bar senior leaders told TVA's Office of the Inspector General they "heavily managed the results" of root-cause analysis reports on Watts Bar's work culture.

    Members of management told investigators they had directed some findings be left out of reports because they were worried Watts Bar’s second reactor would not get licensed if there were a problem with the nuclear safety culture.

    They also said they were worried the reports would reflect poorly on senior management.

    The confidential informant's 2015 tip on the plant's work environment also triggered an internal investigation by TVA's Employee Concerns Program. The ECP hired two consultants – one used to be a manager at TVA – to perform the investigation.

    The consultants were told what they could include and must exclude in their reports.

  • freebywill

    Unable to access NRC site – having some kind of problem.

    Checked the site – server not found – This Connection is Untrusted
    You have asked Firefox to connect securely to, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure.

    Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site's identity can't be verified.

    If you usually connect to this site without problems, this error could mean that someone is trying to impersonate the site, and you shouldn't continue.

    [ I usually check this site daily, very odd ]

    Anyone else having a problem ?

      • freebywill

        No HHD that's where I was looking at first, I went to the base addy just to see if the site was accessible at all.

        I also can't get to

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          It's because you're special, free!

          Is there anything I can do?

          • freebywill

            Not at the moment HHD, I was just trying to do my daily data collection, I'll wait and see if I can access it later.

            I was watching the RM as I tried to access the site, it looks like the entry has been removed from the DNS server that's why it can't find it. I show the access point as an Akamai server in Cambridge, MA.

            Whatever is going on happened since yesterday, I was up there on the Reactor Status page drawing down data, thanks for the offer.

            • Down The River Down The River

              BTW freebywill, I for one really appreciate your time researching and posting about the condition of our NPPs.

              What sad shape these rattle-traps are in.

              • freebywill

                Why thanks DTR, the data collection and posting is part of a larger project which I'm about a week or so from beginning to publish.

                • Down The River Down The River


                  Let us know how it goes.

                • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                  "If you build it, they will come."

                  • Byrian419


                    HillbillyHoundDog that's a MANDELA EFFECT. It's always been "If you build it, he will come".

                    I'm glad too see you remember it the way thousands of other people do 🙂

                    • Byrian419

                      The Tuna Can
                      It's always without a doubt been -"If you build it – they will come." My brain isn't malfunctioning – I know what I know. Great video ~cheers

                  • Byrian419

                    HillbillyHoundDog not only did you quote it right but at the same time you didn't even know it was a MANDELA EFFECT. Now that's funny lol

                    • Byrian419

                      Everybody quick LOOK HillbillyHoundDog is suffering from the MANDELA EFFECT. 🙂

                    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                      Careful, if you're going to follow me around, you might actually learn something. You can start here:

                      Maliciously, intentionally, willfully and knowingly conspiring to degrade and interfere with this site to such an extent that it loses credibility, coerces readers to leave and results in loss of memberships and reader interest, including potential donators. Contributions become comparable to casting pearls before swine.

                    • DUDe DUDe

                      "..Maliciously, intentionally, willfully and knowingly conspiring to degrade and interfere with this site to such an extent that it loses credibility, coerces readers to leave and results in loss of memberships and reader interest, including potential donators. Contributions become comparable to casting pearls before swine.."

                      And dont forget the attraction of other Trolls that i blame him and a few others in various degrees personally for..

                    • Byrian419

                      Down the River I don't fuck nothing up and your welcome 🙂

                  • Jebus Jebus

                    Funny that he ignores the bible verse to use as a tool against the bible verse, a quote from the Field of Dreams.

                    When Noah was building the ark. Noah asked God where he would get all the animals for the ark and the answer was "Build it and they will come."

                    Desperation turns a man away from God…

                    • Jebus Jebus

                      Where the hell does he think they got the line, to paraphrase, for the movie?

                    • Byrian419

                      If you build it, they will come"
                      Actual quote: "If you build it, he will come" from Field of Dreams.
                      Possibly a confusion of the Wayne's World 2 quote "If you book them, they will come." Said by the spirit of Jim Morrison.

                      Never was a quote in the Bible. Don't know where you got that from.

                    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                      BS420: You should learn to give credit where credit is due. Your comment is a direct quote from:

                      You are correct in "he", "he" being Shoeless Joe Jackson. However, the quote originated from the book, Shoeless Joe. RIP Mr. Kinsella.

                      But like I said…If you build it, they will come. Thank you, free, for all your tireless work in educating us about the sad state of nuclear in our country and our teetering safety.

                    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                      Oh, and BTW Shoeless Joe was BANNED from professional baseball for life.

                      With the third-highest career batting average in Major League Baseball history (.356), Joseph Jefferson “Shoeless Joe” Jackson would certainly be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame—if it weren’t for the Black Sox Scandal. He and seven teammates on the Chicago White Sox were accused of conspiring with gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. They were acquitted following a jury trial in 1921, but newly appointed baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis barred them for life from professional baseball. …In any event, after the 1921 ban Jackson played “outlaw” ball under an assumed name before retiring to his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, where he eventually owned a liquor store. He made various efforts to be reinstated, all of which were denied, before his death in 1951.

                    • Byrian419

                      What are you talking about? What does Shoeless Joe have to do with a quote from the movie Field of Dreams?

                      I'm sorry teacher I didn't know I was writing a essay and had to give you all my references.

                      Again direct quote from the movie Field of Dreams "If you build it, he will come".

                      Why are you so stuck on "they" will come it's always been "he"?

                    • Jebus Jebus

                      The phrase, Si tu id aeficas, ei venient, is much older than the paraphrased movie line…

                      A millenial is like a y2k bug…

                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      Beg to differ..

                      Usually it is intelligence and not desperation that turns a man away from God.

                      See..they be trying to get ya in a flock one way or the other.
                      The Power of Desperate Prayer – FaithGateway
             › Prayer

                    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                      Wrong forum. But you knew that, didn't you…

                    • Jebus Jebus

                      Either way, recognizing the ruse, removes the ruse, opens the soul to choose, and allows one to see what we have done to this Earth and each other…

                    • Byrian419

                      HillybillyHoundDog if I had a million dollars I would bet you right now that the qutoe you wrote yourself. "If you build it, they will come" came from the movie Feild of Dreams. And now you're doing your hardest to cover your ass on something you were making fun of me for and not believing in.

                      Am I right or am I wrong?

                    • Byrian419


                    • Jebus Jebus

                      Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in biz, server chips since 2008
                      Vuln reported in March, now fix is coming… slowly

                      Is a big deal? "Yes," said Linux kernel guru Matthew Garrett, who posted some more technical information about the vulnerability, here.

                      "Fixing this requires a system firmware update in order to provide new ME firmware, including an updated copy of the AMT code. Many of the affected machines are no longer receiving firmware updates from their manufacturers, and so will probably never get a fix.


                    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                      BS420: "HillybillyHoundDog if I had a million dollars I would bet you right now that the qutoe you wrote yourself. "If you build it, they will come" came from the movie Feild of Dreams. And now you're doing your hardest to cover your ass on something you were making fun of me for and not believing in.

                      Am I right or am I wrong?"

                      Apparently, it's Latin, with no known origin. I took it from Field of Dreams and misquoted it. Field of Dreams took it from Shoeless Joe, a book. Shoeless Joe was BANNED for life from professional baseball, but illegally played under an alias.

                      We have built it and you came. If you had a million dollars, you would overdose on dope and wouldn't need a few pennies per post from your handlers. Take it to off-topic, where you belong, conspirator boy.

                    • Byrian419

                      Hahahah seriously, not only did I call you out (which I was 100% sure of) and you didnt MISQUOTE it, NOW you are going against your OWN memories, and the only way I would overdose on CANNABIS is if a TON crushed me.

                    • Jebus Jebus

                      Maybe Admin will bann B419 again, when this forum breaks because of this thread.

                      But I would rather see it B419's way… 🙂

                    • Dazy Dazy

                      My friends, you do realize that fatness Bryan is getting paid per post response? and in addition he's gotten an upgrade in information to post because he is of course, ultimately, a complete moron and believes in nothing he's posting and can only write what's he's ordered to. So now in addition to the Mandela thing he's posting flat earth which doesn't fly very well in this forum of intelligent individuals. He's not quite as innocuous as he seems, though, because he is part and parcel of the remote viewer's group which is a military operation who are participating in the stupid Cern project. Bunch of morons there for certain.

                      Be mindful of your own thoughts, is sufficient enough protection from these idiots. And idiots they are for sure.

                    • Byrian419

                      I can get paid per post? Where do I sign up and do you know what the hourly wage is?

                    • Dazy Dazy

                      It's not enough to compromise my integrity but it is a small enough amount to compromise yours, fatness Bry.

                      Why will you not answer the question of your weight? We know you're uber fat, we just want to know how fat the gummint allows for trolls. Is there no weight limit? Can you be fused to your own couch?

                    • Byrian419

                      You still didn't answer me, I can get paid per post?

                      Where do I sign up and what are the hourly wages?

                    • Dazy Dazy

                      You have that backwards, you have not answered me despite my asking many times, how big of a fella are you? Super fat? Superdy duper fat? I bet your butt IS bigger than my mother-in-laws. YOU answer me fatness, then I answer you. Any question, but I'm sure you already have my dossier since you named me. Busted.

                    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog


                      The possible violations, Shaffer stated, include: failure to accurately evaluate and report the radiation activity of pond sediment and barium sulfate sludge waste being shipped to Energy Fuel Resources’ White Mesa Uranium Mill site in Utah for disposal; failure to accurately label that waste; failure to designate and transport the waste as Low Specific Activity level two (LSA-II) material; and failure to use appropriate containers to transport that material.

                      These could be Severity Level III or IV violations, on the lower end of the significance spectrum, an NRC spokesman said by email.

                      The probe addressed separate transportation incidents on Aug. 20, 2015, and March 28, 2016. In both events, waste transport packages were found to be leaking upon arrival at the disposal facility; contamination levels each time were below Transportation Department limits for an exclusive use shipment. Surveys of the route taken in the later shipment – which carried 13 cubic yards of sludge — did not find any contamination outside the on-site roadway, the NRC said.

                    • Dazy Dazy

                      Kevin Blanch has been trying to apprise people of this ongoing problem for some time, I've been very concerned once I realized this was going on. Thank you, Hillbilly, your research is, as always, invaluable.

                    • Down The River Down The River


                      How did this thread get so screwed up? It was just me and HHD saying thanks to freebywill for all his/her work.

                      Thanks again, free

                    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                      TY Dazy. NRC said they probably wouldn't fine Cameco of Canada, with mines in Canada, the US and Kazakhstan.

                      The real story?
                      …The toxic waste splattered down the side of the containment truck, leaving a visible trail on the roadway.
                      The driver didn’t notice the leak until he arrived at the White Mesa Mill. He stated that while traveling near Meeker, Colorado, he braked hard to avoid a deer, and jarred his load loose.
                      It was the second time Cameco’s shipments have leaked en route to the White Mesa Mill, with another incident occurring Aug. 19, 2015.
                      …The spill was alarming to residents from the town of nearby White Mesa, Utah, on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation. Residents were concerned about the health hazard and that it was not immediately reported to the public. …
                      Barium sulfate is a toxic byproduct of in situ uranium mining and is considered an environmental and human health hazard. There were no reported injuries because of the leaks, the latest of which spilled onto U.S. 191, but it has raised local concerns.
                      NRC and Utah officials say it is unknown how much of the waste may leaked out of the container. The shipment began with 13 cubic yards of waste, but Ryan Johnson, of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, said the shipment’s load upon arrival at the White Mesa mill was not determined before it was dumped…

                    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                      …Energy Fuels, owner of the White Mesa mill, estimated in a report to the NRC that less than 5 gallons of waste had leaked, but the estimate was only for what appeared on the truck, mill entrance road and a short section of U.S. 191.

                      Nuclear Regulatory staff will meet with officials from Cameco Resources, based in Casper, Wyoming, on May 4 to discuss the nine preliminary inspection findings regarding waste shipments to the White Mesa Mill, owned by Energy Fuels.

                      The meeting, at 7 a.m. Mountain, takes place at the NRC’s Arlington, Texas, office and is open to the public. NRC officials will take questions from the public.

                      To participate, call 888-469-0565 and enter passcode 4465769.

                    • Down The River Down The River

                      We should all be saying “Thanks” to freebywill.

                      Especially you, Byrian, and maybe an “I’m sorry for fucking up this thread”.

                    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                      "…the agency might not impose a fine given Cameco Resource’s corrective actions and the fact that it has not faced escalated enforcement measures over the last two years. “The final decision will be based on you confirming on the license docket that the corrective actions previously described to the NRC staff have been, or are being taken,” Mark Shaffer, director of the NRC Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, wrote to Cameco Resources President Brent Berg."

                      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, protecting people and the environment.

                      …Not Regulating Cameco

                    • Down The River Down The River

                      Sorry HHD, I just interrupted you with my rant.

                    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                      You're fine, bud.

                      It's all in BS420's plan.

                      Cage The Elephant

    • freebywill

      Found a workaround to the NRC blockage. ENs to follow.

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Monticello (MN) @ 0 % RELEASE OF WASTEWATER

    "This report is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi), as an event where notification to other government agencies has been made.

    On April 28, 2017, notification to the Minnesota State Duty Office was made due to a non-compliance with release of wastewater requirements in the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

    There were no consequences to the health and safety of the public."

    [ notice they don't specify exctly what the 'waste water is nor how much ]

    • Hey freebywill, I appreciate all your work on this stuff, it keeps it front and center.

      Funny how they migrate from "no immediate danger" to "no consequences" with the 'forever' implied by the narrative.

      stock out

  • freebywill


    "A grass fire was reported to the Unit 1 control room at 1102 CDT. The grass fire was reported to be in the owner controlled area 1/2 mile west of the protected area and switchyard. The local fire department was dispatched to fight the grass fire. The fire was reported to be out at 1155 CDT. No plant equipment was damaged and the operation of the plant was not affected. Region 12 (Houston) of the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) was notified of the event at 1623 CDT for visible emissions resulting from the grass fire. No further actions are required by the TCEQ at this time and no press release is planned."

    An insulator on a 345 kV line failed and the attached line separated and hit the ground.

    A spark was created when the 345 kV line hit the ground and started a fire that eventually grew to a 20 feet x 20 feet area.

  • freebywill


    "At 1844 [EDT] on 04/29/2017, while the unit was in a low power condition exiting from a refueling outage, the reactor was manually tripped following a P-14 signal (Steam Generator Hi-Hi Level) and a resulting feedwater isolation signal.

    All control rods were verified to be fully inserted.

    The cause of the ['B'] steam generator high level is currently being investigated.

    "Emergency feedwater actuated at 1845 due to a low-low water level in steam generator 'D'.

    Plant equipment response is being evaluated and the plant is stabilized in Mode 3 with decay heat removal through the steam dump system to the condensers.

    There was no release and the emergency feedwater system has been restored to standby.

    "The event description is based on information currently available.

    If through subsequent reviews of this event, additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time, a follow up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10 CFR 50.73."

  • freebywill

    Status Brief on other units from power tracking.

    Brunswick 1 (NC) @ 87 % trying to restart after last Wednesdays shutdown for unknown reason.

    Catawba 1 (SC) @ 0 % started its refueling outage RFO day # 003 – watch for local rad increase Wed thru Saturday.

    Sequoyah 2 (TN) @ 0 % RFO day #_004 watch for local rad increase Tuesday thru Friday

    Turkey Point 3 (FL) @ 100 % returned from RFO used 28 of typical 28 days.

    Watts Bar 1 (TN) @ 14 % returning from RFO used 40 of 35 typical 35 days.

    Watts Bar 2 (TN) @ 0 % day 37 – article posted elsewhere by HillBillyHounddog states they are down because a support for a condenser failed, iirc it was in the non nuke side.

    Clinton 1 (IL) @ 92 % coasting to RFO, but it's not really a refueling, they are going to harvest Cobalt-60.

    Arkansas 1 (AR) @ 0 % still down after last weeks
    [ must be more to it than that ]

    RiverBend 1 (LA) @ 64 % unk why, 2nd time since exiting ReFueling they have lowered power.

  • Jebus Jebus

    No place to put it so they just shuffle it around…

    Yucca Mountain not included in federal spending bill

    Funny how it is of no concern when they blow nuclear waste all over the northern hemisphere.

    Still doesn't dawn on them to just quit making it though…

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      I always thought Obama bailed on Yucca because after Fukushima, they didn't want the public notice. Also, the nuke industry gets paid to keep it where it is. The anti-nukes don't want it ANYWHERE. So, yeah, nuclear: Can't win for losing.

      • Jebus Jebus

        Renewables will make sure that monolithic multiple monster nuclear plant is done. Eventually worldwide, as they fathom the waste problem, all of them.

        So it cost too much. Too bad, they made it sound like there was so much promise.

        Turns out, it's a curse…

  • Jebus Jebus

    The US Solar Market Is Now 1 Million Installations Strong – April 21, 2016

    Sometime around the end of February, the millionth solar installation came on-line in the United States — a milestone that says as much about where the solar industry is going as it does about how far the industry has come.

    “It took us 40 years to get to 1 million installations, and it will take us only two years to get to 2 million,” said Dan Whitten, vice president of communications at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “This is a time to mark when the solar industry started to accelerate at warp speed.”



    The takeover of ene threads/posts has always been the clique-type posters.. 'small group of people, with shared interests or other features in common, who 'spend time together online' and do not readily allow others to join them'..high-schools theatrics…

    You know who you are.

    Take a good look at the current BS here. How long does this have to persist? Take a few stabs at trolling behavior then be done with it.

    Now the newcomers..i.e. Dazy, are joining the ranks with idiotic babyish bullshit.

    ..sign me .."low level troll"

    • Amen GOM,

      The conspiracy nuts show in spades here, Space ships, time machines and sudo experts that spout all kinds or total tripe. For some it's attention for others a learning disability. The information these folks post show the truth? yea if the truth we are looking for is their desperate cry for attention.

      Sad part is they should be working to get real information about nuclear and pollution out but for some this is just a place for shutins to play around and argue.

      Something needs to change…

  • freebywill


    "On May 2nd, 2017, at 1945 EDT, Watts Bar Nuclear [WBN] Plant Unit 1 reactor was manually tripped due to a failure of the #3 Reactor Coolant Pump normal feeder breaker to close during the planned power transfer to unit power following startup.

    Concurrent with the reactor trip, the Auxiliary Feedwater system actuated as designed.

    "All control and shutdown rods fully inserted.

    All safety systems responded as designed.

    The unit is currently stable in Mode 3, with decay heat removal via auxiliary feedwater and main steam dump systems.

    Unit 1 is in a normal shutdown electrical alignment.

    [ This event occurred as WB1 was attempting to exit Refueling ]

  • freebywill


    "On May 2, 2017, while performing a past operability review associated with Combustion Turbine Generator (CTG) 11-1, it was determined that a past configuration of CTG 11-1 could not have assured all of the applicable Appendix R success criteria under all of the postulated scenarios described in the Updated Final Safety Analysis Report [UFSAR].

    From November 21, 2016 until March 18, 2017 when Mode 4 was entered, CTG 11-1 was in a configuration where it could not be started from the dedicated shutdown panel, although it could be started locally.

    One of the specific scenarios for Appendix R in the UFSAR credits CTG 11-1 to support a safe shutdown based on an assumed time required to start CTG 11-1 and then provide flow to the reactor pressure vessel using the Standby Feedwater System.

    During the time period where CTG 11-1 could only be started locally, this assumed time would have been exceeded.

    Therefore, this event is being reported as an 'unanalyzed condition that significantly affects plant safety' under 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B).

    At the time of discovery, CTG 11-1 was fully operable and the described condition had already been corrected.

  • freebywill


    "On May 2, 2017, during planned inspections, an ultrasonic examination performed on weld PCS-4-PRS-1P1-1, revealed an axial indication in the pressurizer nozzle to safe end area of the weld.

    This indication does not meet applicable acceptance criteria under ASME, Section XI.

    "The plant was in cold shutdown at 0% power for a planned refueling outage at the time of discovery.

    The condition will be resolved prior to plant startup.

    "This condition has no impact to the health and safety of the public.

    [ This event occurred on RFOD#_009, the RX Mode is Refueling which tells us the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) head is open. From compiling info from various units during refueling this is right in the window of fuel unloading at the beginning of the RFO. ]

  • freebywill

    EQ – approx 3km N of VC Summer (SC) under Monticello Reservoir that provides cooling water to the units.

    approx 3 km N
    M 1.6 – 17km N of Chapin, South Carolina
    2017-05-03 02:06:19 UTC 34.319°N 81.317°W 5.2 km depth

    [ not a very large EQ but this is a 35 yr old unit, that according has a history of groundwater contamination. The nearest EPA radmon is in Columbia, SC approx 30 km SE ]

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