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

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


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  • Trump To Expand Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons, Open Failed Yucca Mountain, Top Scientist Is ANTI Science, Denies Global Warming When FREE Solar Power Can Generate Enough Energy To Replace All Nuclear, Fossil Fuel Energy Plants Globally

  • Dazy Dazy

    Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Will Close in 2019
    "The owner of Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, said Monday that it will shut down the plant in 2019 without a financial rescue from Pennsylvania.

    Exelon Corp.'s announcement comes after what it called more than five years of losses on the single-unit power plant and its recent failure in an auction to sell Three Mile Island's power into the regional grid.

    So-called nuclear bailouts have thus far won approval in Illinois and New York. The potential for higher utility bills in Pennsylvania and other states is drawing pushback from rival energy companies, manufacturers and consumer advocates."

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Nuclear spent fuel fire could force millions of people to relocate
    by Staff Writers
    Princeton NJ (SPX) May 30, 2017"
    ""The NRC has been pressured by the nuclear industry, directly and through Congress, to low-ball the potential consequences of a fire because of concerns that increased costs could result in shutting down more nuclear power plants," said paper co-author Frank von Hippel, a senior research physicist at Princeton's Program on Science and Global Security (SGS), based at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. "Unfortunately, if there is no public outcry about this dangerous situation, the NRC will continue to bend to the industry's wishes.""

  • freebywill


    "At 2038 [CDT], Clinton Power Station received an automatic RPS [Reactor Protection System] actuation.

    EOP-1 [Emergency Operating Procedure] was entered on RPV [Reactor Pressure Vessel] Level 3.

    The cause of the scram is unknown at this time.

    All systems responded appropriately following the scram and the plant is currently stable."

    Reactor level is being maintained by normal feedwater and decay heat is being removed to the main condenser via the steam dump bypass valves.

    The plant is in a normal shutdown electrical lineup.

    The plant main generator was synchronized to the electrical grid and the plant was conducting control rod scram time testing at the time of the reactor trip.

    [ This occurred as the unit was exiting refueling ]

    • freebywill


      "On May 30, 2017 at 0929 (CDT), South Texas Project (STP) removed from service Integrated Computer System (ICS) connections to the Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) for planned maintenance. The ICS computers are used in the EOF to directly monitor selected plant parameters and to provide Emergency Response assessment capabilities. This planned maintenance implements a software modification and is expected to last for four days.

      "This is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) because the EOF assessment capabilities would not be able to be restored within the facility activation time and assessment capabilities cannot be performed at a backup facility (i.e., there is no backup EOF).

      "While ICS connections in the EOF are out of service, if the Emergency Plan is entered and the Technical Support Center (TSC) and EOF are staffed, the EOF will not activate and Emergency Director authority will remain in the TSC. The Emergency Response Organization team members that report to the EOF and TSC have been notified regarding the status of the ICS computers in the EOF.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Health agents sit on hoards of potassium iodide

    No firm plan on how to get the critical prophylactic to Islanders ahead of nuclear fallout."

  • unincredulous unincredulous


    Wade Allison "Biology… life… has had a thousand million years or more to sort out how it's going to live with radiation, and the other forms of radiation damage, all of which are basically oxidative damage to DNA and its got multiple safety mechanisms, repair mechanisms, replacement mechanisms, incredibly clever. This is what biology does, and the safety industry has written off everything that biology has done with its thousand million years of experience to safeguard our lives."

    In a thousand million years, how many of the man-made ionizing radiation elements has biology got experience?

    Not any is my guess.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      In a thousand million years, why have we not developed biological mechanisms to repair damage caused by global warming and CO2? Oh, that's right we breath it out. Why don't we just breath out chlorine gas, if we ingest it. Well, kind of hard for biology to adapt quickly to chlorine gas because it is rare in nature

      Chlorine gas was discovered in 1630

      "In the form of chloride ions, chlorine is necessary to all known species of life. Other types of chlorine compounds are rare in living organisms, and artificially produced chlorinated organics range from inert to toxic"

      Chlorine in the form of chloride ions necessary to all known life. But chlorine gas will kill you dead. What about that magic biology Wade Allison?

  • freebywill


    "This 60-day optional telephone notification is being made in lieu of an LER submittal, […].

    "On April 6, 2017, at 1212 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), an invalid actuation of emergency diesel generators (EDGs) 1, 2. 3. and 4 occurred.

    In support of maintenance associated with the onsite electrical distribution system, activities were in progress to power the 2C balance-of-plant (BOP) bus from the startup auxiliary transformer (SAT) followed by de-energization of the 2D BOP bus.

    However, flexible links between the SAT and the 2D BOP bus had not been installed. [ human error – flexible links = jumper cables ]

    As a result, under voltage sensing relay (27SX) was not energized and an invalid SAT secondary side under voltage EDG auto start signal was generated.

    There was no actual under voltage on the SAT, no loss of power, and all emergency buses continued to be powered by the unit auxiliary transformer (UAT).

    […]. […]. The EDGs were returned to standby status by 1415 EDT. Since no actual under voltage condition existed […], this event has been determined to be an invalid actuation.

    [ this event actually occurred during Brunswick 2 RFO on day # 020, also note that they let the EDGs run for 2 hrs before shutting them down, but I'm sure they are carbon free EDGs. ]

  • freebywill


    "Our evaluation is documented in Report No. EGS-TR-880708-15 and is available for review at our facility in Huntsville, AL. The results identify the most likely root cause is improper heat treating of the socket contacts during manufacturing. Additional testing and analysis was performed to confirm that any affected GRAYBOOT assemblies can still preform their safety-related function and do not present a substantial safety hazard .

    "The findings outlined in Report No. EGS-TR-880708-15 provide a high level of confidence that affected GRAYBOOT assemblies do not present a substantial safety hazard.

    This position is further validated by the lack of negative operating experience over the last 20 plus years from properly installed GRAYBOOT assemblies.

    However, this condition causes the contact to be more susceptible to damage from handling during connection and disconnection, and therefore the following actions are recommended:

    A list of affected utilities and associated purchase orders is being developed and will be complete and submitted by June 9, 2017.

  • freebywill

    US_NPS status brief for Thursday June 01, 2017 …………………….

    Beaver Valley 2 (PA) @ 99 % – been stuck at this level for a week, trying to exit RFO

    Limerick 2 (PA) @ 100 % – exited RFO

    Peach Bottom 2 (PA) @ 100 % – back from last weeks lowered power, no info on reason for weeklong LP

    Salem 2 (DE) @ 47 % – exiting RFO

    Sequoyah 2 (TN) @ 14 % – exiting RFO

    Summer 1 (SC) @ 0 % – RFOD#_055 of typical 50

    Surry 2 (VA) @ 0 % – RFOD#_027 of typical 49

    Watts Bar 2 (TN) @ 0 % – 73rd day shutdown

    Clinton 1 (IL) @ 0 % – AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM

    Palisades 1 (MI) @ 100 % – exited RFO

    Prairie Island 2 (MN) @ 7 % – recovering from shutdown yesterday after running at half pwr last week, no info on reason.

    Arkansas 2 (AR) @ 0 % – RFOD#_055 of typical 23 – no info on why its so far over typical

    Columbia 2 (WA) @ 0 % – RFOD#_019 of typical 35

    Diablo Canyon (CA) @ 0 % – RFOD#_040 of typical 29 – no info on why its so far over typical

    Waterford 3 (LA) @ 0 % – RFOD#_048 of typical 29 – no info on why its so far over typical

    [ all units spewing poison into the environment per design parameters ]

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    From Beyond Nuclear email:
    "Without state bailout Exelon will close last Three Mile Island reactor
    Exelon has issued an ultimatum to the State of Pennsylvania. The Chicago-based nuclear giant has threatened to permanently close the remaining Three Mile Island atomic power plant in September 2019 if the State does not bail out the uneconomical generator. The power corporation's intensified lobby effort comes as a Penn State College health study finds that the 1979 nuclear accident can be linked to an increase in thyroid cancer. More "

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Westinghouse Electric Co., once synonymous with America's industrial might, wagered its future on nuclear power – and lost.

    Now a unit of Japanese technology giant Toshiba Corp., Westinghouse on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-court protection, citing as much as $10 billion in debt. The company, which employs 300 people at its nuclear components plants in Newington and Portsmouth, N.H., will continue operating while it comes up with a plan to repay at least part of what it owes.

    The move marks a potential end to a troubled era, which began in the late 1990s, when the company made a series of sales that left it with only the nuclear business. Since then, atomic power has failed to take off in part because of cost overruns, cheaper alternatives and the fallout from an accident in Japan…"

  • freebywill


    "Planned maintenance to restore normal power to Plant Computer Systems resulted in an unexpected loss of all Meteorological (MET) Tower Data [at 1645 CDT].

    As a result, this represents a Loss of Emergency Assessment Capability and is reportable under 10CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii).

    The isolation was restored and MET Tower Data was restored at 1845.

    The health and safety of the public was not affected as the plant is operating in a normal condition with no severe weather or storms in the area.

    Additionally meteorological data was available from the National Weather Service should this data had been necessary.

    [ " Planned maintenance to restore normal power to Plant Computer Systems " – so the Comp Systems where running on some sort of backup power source, I don't remember an EN announcing this. ]

    [ " resulted in an unexpected loss of all Meteorological " – oops, someone messed up and it took them 2 hrs to fix it. ]

  • freebywill


    [ didn't notice any different info than the original. So far this error seems to have only affected Seabrook NPS but there isn't any info on how many other units have the suspect circuit board assembly. It appears there is an electrical design flaw that was causing a power transfer that wasn't intended. The fix is to install a capacitor. ]

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Here are screen shots of the tracking sheet I use for all 4 NRC regions.

    By squeezing the columns we can get more activity into the display field.

    Since Friday ends the week I think I might do this every Friday so everyone can see some of what I can see.

    Region 1

    Region 2

    Region 3

    Region 4

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog
    Besieged by delays in land acquisition and vehement protests from locals, the Centre has finally decided to shift…

    LOL. So they can buy it cheap?
    Doesn't seem accurate to say NPP's "don't emit pollutants", without mentioning they bear the deadliest waste proliferation known to man.
    Exelon Corp., the company that owns a quarter of the country’s nuclear power plants, is vouching for an Ohio utility’s plea for subsidies for its two nuclear plants.
    …Nuclear power plants don’t emit pollutants like coal plants do, but they are expensive to operate.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    (Windpower compared to nuclear?? GE is bitter of letting go of failed technology and admittedly must embrace cheaper, cleaner technologies. Be careful GE, that wind might reach up and grab you by the cask.)
    ‘It’s a nuclear power plant in the sea’ – GE’s DolWin3 offshore converter
    …“We also need to be cautious with how we introduce new technologies, you can’t just introduce something brand new without testing it when you are 80km offshore in the middle of the sea. This is why you need to go step by step and have a progressive approach on this technology evolution.”
    Like the Manhattan Project? Um…yeah- sounds like a good idea to kind of know what you are doing. They still don't with nuclear waste. Lesson learned? Er nah.

    Ya never know.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "A new Penn State Medical Center study has found a link between the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident and thyroid cancer cases in south-central Pennsylvania.

    The study marks the first time the partial meltdown of Unit 2's reactor can be connected to specific cancer cases, the researchers have said."

    • Dazy Dazy

      That is a significant development.

      "However, thyroid cancer caused by low-level radiation has a different “mutational signal” than most thyroid cancer, he said. He and his colleagues used molecular research that had been pioneered after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to find that genetic signal."

      That blows the theory that the root cause of cancer can't be determined or traced.

  • freebywill

    A new twist on uranium's origin story, by CSU scientists

    June 1, 2017

    Uranium, the radioactive element that fuels nuclear power plants and occurs naturally in the Earth's crust, is typically mined from large sandstone deposits deep underground. The uranium in these deposits, which are called roll fronts, has long been thought to form over millions of years via chemical reactions of sulfur and other non-biological compounds.

    This widely accepted textbook geology is being challenged by Colorado State University biogeochemists in a new study published June 1 in Nature Communications.

    Conventional wisdom has told us that uranium within ore deposits is mostly found in the form of uraninite, a crystalline mineral. In recent years, scientists had uncovered new evidence that bacteria ­- living microorganisms – could generate a different kind of reduced uranium that is non-crystalline and has very different physical and chemical properties.

    They found that up to 89 percent of the uranium from their 650-foot-deep samples wasn't crystalline uraninite at all, but rather, a non-crystalline uranium that was bound to organic matter or inorganic carbonate. Most of the uranium they found in that unmined site is estimated to be 3 million years old, and formed via reduction by microorganisms ­- microbes that respire not on oxygen, but on uranium.

    [ more at the link ]

    • freebywill

      The full paper – Biogenic non-crystalline U(IV) revealed as major component in uranium ore deposits

      [ From the Intro ]

      Typical sandstone-hosted uranium (U) roll-front deposits are formed in confined aquifers at a redox front of oxidized groundwater reacting with unaltered reduced aquifer materials, often associated with organic detritus.

      Roll-front deposits are an economically important ore for in situ recovery (ISR) mining, whereby U is mined via solubilization of the ore by a leach solution injected in the subsurface. The reduction mechanism for U(VI) in roll-front deposits has long been thought to be abiotic electron transfer by redox active minerals (pyrite and mackinawite), aqueous sulfide and/or other reactive sulfur species.

      [ graphic depicting U formation areas within a "roll front"

      Previous mineralogy studies of sandstone-hosted roll-front deposits have identified crystalline uraninite and coffinite as the dominant U-bearing minerals.

      The role of bacteria has been poorly understood and was thought to be limited to bacterial production of reducing agents (for example, sulfide) that play a key role in U deposit formation.

      A study by Bargar et al.16 showed the formation of non-crystalline U(IV) in a shallow U-contaminated aquifer during microbial bioremediation with acetate as an electron donor.

      [ paper very large and in depth ]

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Root Causes and Impacts of Severe Accidents at Large Nuclear Power Plants

    "The root causes and impacts of three severe accidents at large civilian nuclear power plants are reviewed: the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, the Chernobyl accident in 1986, and the Fukushima Daiichi accident in 2011."

    "All three severe accidents discussed in this paper had their root causes in system deficiencies indicative of poor safety management and poor safety culture in both the nuclear industry and government authorities."

    If supply of cooling water to the core is lost soon after the fission process is stopped, this residual power will cause the core to overheat, disintegrate and eventually start to melt, typically on a time scale of a few hours at most. Even if the supply of cooling water is lost, the zirconium-clad fuel in the core will typically be surrounded by water vapor. The heat-up and meltdown process will be accelerated once the zirconium fuel cladding reaches about 1200 °C, when a rapid exothermal reaction will start:
    equation M1

    "Thus, besides heat, large amounts of hydrogen are generated with a potential for destructive explosions or even detonations if leaked to parts of the reactor and its surrounding buildings that have an oxygen-containing atmosphere."

    — That's why they keep oxygen tanks nearby in the containment building.

    "“It felt like the earthquake hit in two waves, the first impact…

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      "“It felt like the earthquake hit in two waves, the first impact was so intense you could see the building shaking, the pipes buckling, and within minutes, I saw pipes bursting. Some fell off the wall. Others snapped. I was pretty sure that some of the oxygen tanks stored on site had exploded but I didn’t see for myself. Someone yelled that we all needed to evacuate and I was good with that. […]"

      They need to install a system that automatically mixes hydrogen and oxygen during a nuclear disaster. That way, they can minimize the hazards of overusing the word "mysterious." The boy-who-cried-wolf scenario may lead to our inability to fathom the true meaning of the word "mysterious" in future generations.

      Perhaps a cheaper alternative would be to build a giant mousetrap over nuclear reactors. In the event of a solar flare, power outage, earthquake, tsunami, volcano, typhoon, bird strike, algae bloom, warm ocean temps, etc., the mousetrap would violently strike the nuclear plant KER-THWAAP! and scientists could easily explain what happened.


    • "All three severe accidents discussed in this paper had their root causes in system deficiencies indicative of poor safety management and poor safety culture"

      This has been the narrative in EVERY nuclear accident report in history…

      Simply stated it's never the design, it's always the methodology of operating these things. This is not based in reality on any level and it get's obvious when you consider the fact that one cause is never a commonality with these accidents.

      By blaming people they conveniently (and incorrectly) excuse the plants themselves. It's the nuclear plants themselves that are the problem!

      The record shows that each accident has a unique and completely different set of circumstances surrounding the accident…

      …So to say they are all caused by the same thing (human error) is as big a fairy tale as saying nuclear is safe on any level.

      It's simply a way to blame a few people and continue the same old lie that nuclear is clean (a lie), green (another lie) and safe (safe speaks for itself).

      The REAL reason for these accidents is the existence of nuclear plants, period!

      It's the ONLY common denominator in every nuclear accident.

      Very obvious and basic forensic investigation!

      But that study will put a end to the building and production of these problems…

      …and they (the nuclear cartel) will fight to stop that truth from ever being recognized by blaming all accidents on human error…

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        In the case of the GE mark one design flaw, it was found, but the idiots over the designers' heads decided to go ahead with the flawed design, so yeah human error every time.

        Building the plants in the first place was human error. Building them in Tsunami and earthquake, volcano, and typhoon country was just doubling and tripling down on a bad bet.

        Humans are prone to error and should not be trusted with this technology. proof: utube vid Janaka Basnayake 5:44 minute mark

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Mt. Sakajurima in Japan erupted again today. The last time it erupted was on June 1, 2017. Before that, it erupted on May 31,28,27,25,24, 23, 22, 18,17,16, 15,13 … exploded on May 12, 7, erupted on May 5, 3…

    Well, let's just say the possibility for a Sakajurima Explosion right in the middle of a typhoon such as Malakas last year seems to be increasing.

    Sendai nuclear plant should invest in some umbrellas or something. Maybe go into the pumice industry, and divest some of its meltdown units

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      On the bright side, a volcanic explosion with a 5 mile high ash cloud mixed with a super-typhoon should be a great opportunity to study lightening bolts, and power failures, and nuclear melts. Oh, and media control. Don't forget the media control. Must study that. Looks to be a bright tomorrow.

  • freebywill


    A contract employee had just arrived on-site and sat down at his desk within the protected area. He was taken to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where he passed away later in the morning. A news release is planned.

    [ a quick search produced no news release at this time ]

    • freebywill


      "This notification is being made as required by 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v) due to both trains of Penetration Room Filtration [PRF] being inoperable due to an inoperable PRF Boundary.

      At 0920 [CDT] on 6/2/2017, a gap was discovered between an electrical penetration room ceiling and the containment wall where seismic gap material was noted to be missing.

      The gap was subsequently closed and PRF testing completed sat.

      The condition was exited at 1345 [CDT].

      [ "seismic gap material was noted to be missing. " – What is seismic gap material and what caused it to be missing? ]

      • freebywill


        "On 6/2/2017 at 0241 CDT, Clinton Power Station entered Mode 2 with secondary containment boundary doors propped open.

        Specifically, both doors for Reactor Water Cleanup (RT) 'B' pump room were propped open with welding cables routed through pump room doors to perform welding in the RT pump room.

        "At 0300 CDT, a Senior Reactor Operator identified that the doors were propped open and Secondary Containment was declared inoperable.

        LCO Required Action A.1 was entered to restore Secondary Containment to Operable in four hours.

        "At 0324 CDT, the cabling for the welding machine was removed and the doors were closed.

        "Investigation determined that authorization had been granted while in mode 4, when secondary containment was not required to be operable.

        The doors were propped open at the beginning of the shift, prior to the mode change to mode 2 (0241 CDT).

        "This loss of secondary containment is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) as an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function needed to control the release of radioactive material.

        [ operator error – operators failed to ensure secondary containment operability before restarting reactor ]

      • freebywill


        The licensee determined that the fire barrier material had been missing since initial plant construction.

        The licensee performed a walk-down of all seismic gaps and identified two additional incomplete fire

        The inadequate design and installation condition also existed at the Callaway Plant.

        The licensee also found, during the course of resolving the missing fire barrier segment issue, that the original seismic-gap fire barrier design was deficient.

        The licensee inspected 25 suspect configurations and determined that 14 were inadequate.

        [ Wolf Creek began commercial operation in 1985, Callaway in 1984 so it went 20 and 21 years before anyone found the defect. But don't worry the Not Really Concerned (NRC) paychecks have not stopped. ]

        approx 100km SE of Callaway
        M 2.6 – 8km ENE of Bonne Terre, Missouri
        2017-06-06 11:29:47 UTC 37.947°N 90.467°W 24.5 km depth

        approx 100 km SW of Wolf Creek
        M1.9 – 13km ESE of Harper, Kansas
        2017-01-02 23:43:02 UTC 37.259°N 97.880°W 3.9 km depth

        [ not very large EQs but increase in frequency over last 2 years ]

      • freebywill


        February 10, 2005

        Seismic gaps (commonly referred to as “shake space,” “rattle space,” “construction joint systems,” or “building joint systems”) are a part of
        the overall seismic design of the structure.

        Their principal function is to allow different parts of the nuclear power plant (NPP) to move independently during an operating-basis earthquake (OBE) or a design-basis earthquake (DBE).

        [ ref Diagram at end of doc ]

        The […] (NRC) is issuing this information notice (IN) to inform
        addressees of recently identified deficiencies in the design and installation of seismic-gap fire barriers.

        It is expected that recipients will review the information for
        applicability to their facilities and consider actions, as appropriate, to avoid similar problems.

        [ and because the NRC are such strict regulators ]

        However, suggestions in this IN are >>>> not NRC requirements; <<<<< therefore, no specific action or written response is required.

        During a quarterly fire protection inspection at the Wolf Creek Generating Station,
        the resident inspectors discovered that a portion of the fire barrier in the seismic gap
        between the auxiliary building main steam enclosure floor and the containment building was incomplete.

        [ cont. ]

      • freebywill

        whoopsie – reversed posting order.

  • freebywill


    City: LIBERTYVILLE State: IL

    The following information was received from the State of Illinois via email:

    "Advocate Condell Medical Center called to report that a patient treated with 200 mCi of I-131 on 5/10/17, subsequently released on 5/12/17, had returned to the hospital's ICU unit that same night with unrelated complications and a contamination event occurred.

    Her husband and her doctor both called the hospital prior to her arrival to inform them of her previous treatment with I-131.

    They [ the hospital staff ] were able to prepare for her arrival and prep the ER in plastic.

    She was admitted to ICU and later transferred to a regular hospital room.

    The only contamination is from the plastic covering the mattress, which is being stored for decay and from when the nurse drained a Foley catheter and a drop of urine ended up on the floor.

    Cleaning did not totally remove it.

    The hospital decided they did not need the room and it has been closed to allow for decay.

    "Additional surveys are to be conducted.
    The patient has since been released.
    The licensee will follow up with a written report."

    NMED Item Number: IL177004


    • freebywill

      [cont.] [ Medical ] CONTAMINATION EVENT [ notice the amount used in the treatment, 200mCi ( milli-Curie ) of which some amount was transferred to the plastic and one drop on the floor. Pretty potent stuff. No mention on how she was transported to the hospital. ]

  • freebywill

    EQ approx 150km SE of Carlsbad M 3.1 – 34km ESE of Pecos, Texas
    2017-06-05 22:57:29 UTC 31.342°N 103.139°W 5.0 km depth

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    A Hiroshima bomb victim speaks, at about 12 min 10 sec.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Check out the conclusion in this paper. Interesting terms they use. How come they have units in "million dog" units. Did they kill a million dogs? The paper is about plutonium experiments on dogs. AT the bottom is a list of reference sources for this circus

  • freebywill

    Nuclear Waste “Russian” Roulette SPECIAL – Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear – Nuclear Hotseat #311

    This Week’s Featured Interview:

    Kevin Kamps, Nuclear Waste Watchdog/Bulldog for Beyond Nuclear, gives an all-encompassing vision of nuclear waste problems faced by not just the United States, but the world. Included in his discussion are:
    Hanford Site
    Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
    San Onofre
    Yucca Mountain
    US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

  • Max Sievert Max Sievert

    Sources at Japan's science ministry have told NHK that up to 22,000 becquerels of radioactivity have been detected in the lungs of a worker accidentally exposed to radioactive materials at a nuclear research facility.

  • freebywill


    "This notification is in accordance with Turkey Point Technical Specification (TS), Action b.1 to report the inoperability of both Standby Steam Generator Feedwater Pumps (SSGFPs) for greater than 24 hours.

    "On 6/6/17 at 1751 hours [EDT] both SSGFPs will be inoperable for greater than 24 hours in support of planned valve repairs that require isolation of the common suction and discharge piping.

    TS, Action b.1 requires a report within four hours if both SSGFPs have been inoperable for 24 hours providing the cause of the inoperability and restoration plans.

    The valve repairs are currently planned for completion on or about 2300 hours on 6/9/17 which will restore the 'A' pump to service and allow TS, Action b.1 to be exited.

    The diesel-driven 'B' pump will remain out of service for radiator repair which is currently planned for completion on or about 0800 hours on 6/14/17.

    "The function of the Standby Steam Generator Feedwater System is as a backup to the Auxiliary Feedwater System and is not credited in the safety analysis."

  • freebywill


    "On April 28, 2017 at approximately 0500 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Unit 1 maintenance personnel were performing 1-IMI-3.005, '18 Month Calibration of Anticipated Transient Without Scram System Actuation Circuitry (AMSAC),' when an AMSAC actuation signal was received.

    Both Motor Driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pumps (MDAFWPs) were already in service when this actuation occurred.

    The Turbine Driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pump (TDAFWP) did not start as it had been removed from service. Additionally, steam generator blowdown isolated as required.

    During this event, AMSAC actuation was complete and equipment functioned as expected by its operating state.

    "Upon identification of the AMSAC actuation, maintenance activities were halted and a prompt investigation was initiated.

    WBN found that the procedure in use for the 18 month calibration had been recently revised.

    The procedure called for maintenance to connect an analog multi-meter set on resistance to incorrect points during performance of the procedure.

    When the analog multi-meter was connected to the incorrect points, a relay was energized resulting in an AMSAC actuation.

    The procedure was revised and the test completed.

    [ human error ]

    [ this event occurred during RFO ]

  • freebywill

    Other Unit Activity from power status info.

    Sequoyah 2 (TN) @ 47 % attempting second restart after RFO, was shutdown on Saturday and again on Monday, no detail atm.

    Vogtle 1 (GA) @ 80 % experiencing some kind of problem for over a week, no detail atm.

    Watts Bar 2 (TN) @ 0 % 79 days down due to damaged steam generator.

    LaSalle 2 (IL) @ 0 % unexpected shutdown, no EN.

    Callaway 1 (MO) @ 60 % has been running lowered power since Monday.

    Comanche Peak 2 (TX) @ 0 % shutdown yesterday for unknown reason.

    River Bend 1 (LA) @ 99 % has been struggling for several days.

    Waterford 3 (LA) @ 82 % still trying to regain full power after refueling.

    [ most of these units were refueled this spring ]

  • freebywill

    A Bold Step toward the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

    NEW YORK, Jun 7 2017 (IPS) – As previously announced, the President of the United Nations Conference for the negotiation of a Convention on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, Costa Rican Ambassador Elayne Whyte-Gómez, unveiled last 22 May the draft elaborated after the first part of those negotiations in March.

    The text will now be debated at the Conference between June 17 and July 7 and the general expectation is that the final result will be adopted by consensus. The new Convention will then be opened to the signature of States.

    Resolution no. 1 of the General Assembly of the United Nations, adopted in January 1946, had decided the establishment of a Commission charged with making specific proposals for the “elimination atomic weapons from national arsenals”.

    The lack of concrete results over the 72 years of existence of the United Nations increased the frustration of the majority of the international community and finally led a group of countries to propose last October, for the first time in the history of the Organization, the negotiation of such a Convention.

    [ more at the link ]

    [ a great idea but I doubt the United Snakes will sign up, they need the weapons because they can't get along with anyone ]

  • freebywill

    Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant shutdown due to severe rain and flooding

    Brutal amounts of rainfall hit northern Taiwan today, June 2, 2017, killing at least 1 person, leaving 2 missing and injuring more than 20. Heavy rain toppled electricity pylon near New Taipei's Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the automatic shutdown of the plant. The rains have since moved toward the center and south of the island and are expected to continue through the weekend.

  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    That would be some of the most expensive power ever sold to some fools.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Panel poses questions on plutonium risks at Los Alamos lab…
    Los Alamos, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, restarted development last year of plutonium cores used to trigger the explosion in nuclear weapons. The U.S. Energy Department wants to ramp up production."

  • freebywill

    Secret MOX Plutonium Fuel Shipment Planned From French Gov Owned AREVA To Japan; Trump Administration Approved with Tillerson as Lead

    " Mere Coincidence or somehow related? AREVA Nuclear Fuel Facility in Washington State used to be Exxon Nuclear Fuel until 2001. Former Exxon CEO, Rex Tillerson, as Secretary of State, is lead on plutonium fuel shipment approval under the terms of the US – Japan Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation Agreement of 1988, according to the article below. "

    MOX Fuel is apparently made at the Melox Facility, north-northwest of Marseilles, meaning it would have a long trajectory across France – unless it is really made at Areva-Richland on the US west coast, of course.

    Last year, the U.S. removed 331 kilograms of plutonium from Japan due to security risks, while ignoring the 10 tons of material that remained. One year later, at least 500 kg more plutonium is being approved for delivery to Japan. Plutonium is not your normal cargo to be traded as a commodity. It can be used as nuclear bomb material.

    Of the five reactors now operating in Japan, three are operating with varying amounts of plutonium MOX fuel.

    [ yikes – this doesn't sound like a good idea – much more at the link ]

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    One comment to make before I fade to black: A local woman I have made reference to a few times, Carol, or WheepingWillow2, has lost it. A while back, I praised her energy, and that I considered a good watchdog though she got some facts wrong.

    Something seriously wrong with her. Dana Durnford has made a video about it no need to go into it.

    No earthquake or tsunami at FDNPP? I withdraw any implied endorsement of that woman. A tornado has a lot of energy, but look at the mess it makes.

  • freebywill

    Hanford – Air monitors went off near the Plutonium finishing plant today

    Employees had to take cover approx 3hrs ago – the take cover alert has since been lifted.

    Hanford Site‏ @HanfordSite 3h3 hours ago

    Employees in the Plutonium Finishing Plant are taking cover inside the facility as a precaution after two air monitors alarmed.

    Hanford Site‏ @HanfordSite 9m9 minutes ago

    Employees at PFP have been released from the Facility Take Cover.

    • freebywill

      Hanford contamination report from Hanford facebook

      Employees at PFP have been released from the Facility Take Cover. Low-levels of contamination were found near the demolition zone, including on sidewalks, near a station where employees receive protective breathing equipment, and near a vehicle access gate. A fixative (adhesive) has been applied to these areas to prevent further spread of contamination.

      [ it may be more serious than they are admitting ]

      [ winds are out of the southwest heading towd Spokane ]

        • danger kitty danger kitty

          Hi free. Noticed this morning NETC had Spokane listed @ Radcon 4 alert. Rad releases must have been going on undetected for a while for it to get to Spokane. But we're safe. Barn door's been shut. Horses hard to count- they're invisible!
          Thanks for cleaning up my PDFs yesterday.

          • freebywill

            yw Danger Kitty. The Cs137 to Ba138 was interesting, If this research is valid it would be a great break-thru. Also the fact they used synthetic micobiologicals, might be able to mass produce the cultures and clean up the mess.

        • freebywill

          Hanford workers take cover after alarm in demolition area

          " The contamination was found on stairs leading up to a trailer where workers put on protective gear, on sidewalks, near a vehicle entrance gate and in a parking lot where workers park their personal cars. "

          [ " and in a parking lot where workers park their personal cars " – will the cars transport contamination off site ? ]

          But workers report being told the take cover was precautionary only, and were not given real time facts about the contamination findings.

          “I think it’s bull s***,” said one person working at the demolition site who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation. “No one informed us this was a true take cover. They hid that from us.”

          No injuries were reported. [ doesn't mean there were no injuries, just none reported ]

          The level was low. [ notice no actual value ]

          Remember, there are farms to the NE

          Anyone know what's grown there ?

          • Dazy Dazy

            "In Washington State, the crops grown closest to Hanford are irrigated with water from the Yakima River or the Columbia above Grand Coulee Dam (Banks Lake). As part of the Hanford Site Annual Environmental Report, samples of alfalfa, asparagus, cherries, honey, leafy vegetables, milk, potatoes, tomatoes, and wine were collected from sites both upwind and downwind of Hanford."


            That seems to be especially bad news, thank you for the update.

            • freebywill

              Thanks Dazy, found the 2015 report, typical DOE bs job but there is info in it.


              [ fer instance ]

              Data for potassium-40 are included to show the natural radioactive elements that exist in food products relative to concentrations of potential Hanford Site-produced contaminants.

              [ so they have something irrelevant so compare to ]

              In recent years, levels of Hanford Site-produced radiological
              contaminants in milk samples have diminished in conjunction with facility shutdowns and remedial efforts.

              [ a genius revelation there ]

              Concentrations in samples obtained from dairies downwind of the Hanford Site are now similar to levels measured in samples obtained from the dairies generally upwind of the Hanford Site.

              [ not compared to samples from a dairy far removed from a NPS ( Nuclear Polluted Site, very sciencey there ]

              Tritium was detected in all milk samples collected in 2015.

              Specific location average was
              35 pCi/L (1.3 Bq/L) for Sagemoor (n=4);
              26 pCi/L (0.96 Bq/L) for East Wahluke (n=5);
              19 pCi/L (0.70 Bq/L) for Sunnyside (n=2).

              Maximum and average concentrations were less than those historically measured at these locations. [ which means it used to be higher ]

              No SR90 r CS137 detected.

              Potassium-40 […] the overall average was 1,476 pCi/L (55 Bq/L [ just to make sure the clueless reader has something to compare it to ]

              [ cont.]

              • freebywill

                [cont.] Hanford 2015 Biota Report Three of four leafy vegetable samples collected from the East Wahluke,Sagemoor, and Sunnyside areas had detectable Sr-90 with a maximum concentration of 0.006 pCi/L (2.2E-04 Bq/L), with results falling well within historical levels. [ means its been higher in previous years ]

                All fruit and vegetable concentrations of cesium-137, Cobalt-60, and tritium were reported as non-detects and were well within the historical 5-year range.

                [ What about outside the 5 year range? ]

                All apple, cherry, corn, leafy vegetable, melon, potato, and tomato samples had detectable concentration levels of naturally occurring potassium-40. [ yeah ]

                Wine samples were collected from the Columbia Basin, Mattawa area, and the Yakima Valley. All samples were analyzed for gamma-emitting radionuclides and tritium.

                Average concentrations (26 pCi/L) of
                vintage 2015 wine fell below historical averages (51 pCi/L) and maximum concentrations (39 pCi/L) found
                in 2015 also fell well below the 10-year maximum (447 pCi/L).

                Wine samples had detectable concentration levels of naturally occurring potassium-40 as well.

                [ They also tested White Mountain fish, sturgeaon, rabbits and Candaian geese because these are things people don't each much of. No results for salmon, trout, chickens, beef, lamb, deer, pheasant or anything else people actually might eat. ]

                [ excuse me while I go to my attic and scream ]

              • freebywill

                Radioactive Waste Still Flooding Columbia River, EPA Says

                KENNEWICK, Wash. (CN) – Groundwater contaminated with radioactive waste from the decommissioned Hanford nuclear facility in Washington state is still “flowing freely” into the Columbia River, a program manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said at a meeting of the Hanford Advisory Board.

                The stretch of river adjacent to the Hanford nuclear facility, called the Hanford Reach, was declared a national monument in 2000 by then-President Bill Clinton.

                [ a national monument to what – gov't stupidity, ineptitude, malfeasance, greed ? ]

          • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

            "Fixatives were applied inside the glove boxes to stabilize the radioactive particles to prevent spread, but that effort failed."

            Isn't that fixative what they spray on u1 @ Fukushiam every day?

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "TOKYO (Reuters) – The governor of Japan's Niigata prefecture, home to the world's largest atomic power plant, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, will not take steps to restart the site until a nuclear advisory committee completes its work, delaying its operation at least three years.

    Governor Ryuichi Yoneyama told Reuters in an interview that he plans to create an advisory committee to review the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and examine evacuation drills in Niigata and the health impacts of the radiation release during the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl. The review will start by August at the latest, he said.

    The review would derail Kashiwazaki-Kariwa owner Tokyo Electric Power Co's (Tepco) recovery plans in the wake of the Fukushima meltdowns. The committee may take three years to present its findings, said Yoneyama, which contradicts Tepco's possible plan, presented in a business reorganization last month, to restart two of the seven reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa before March 2020"'s-plans-may-upend-tepco's-nuclear-restarts,-restructuring-493658

  • freebywill


    "At 1527 hrs [EDT] on June 8, 2017, Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Unit 1 reactor automatically scrammed due to a loss of Main Turbine Electro-Hydraulic Control (EHC) logic power causing a High Flux Reactor Power RPS [Reactor Protection System] trip.

    "All control rods [fully] inserted and both reactor recirculation pumps tripped due to reaching reactor water level 2.

    Reactor water level lowered to -49 inches causing Level 3 (+13 inches) and Level 2 (-38 inches) isolations.

    HPCI [High Pressure Coolant Injection] and RCIC [Reactor Core Isolation Cooling] automatically initiated and were overridden by control room operators after RPV [Reactor Pressure Vessel] water level was restored to the normal band with feedwater.

    HPCI and RCIC injected to the Reactor Coolant System during reactor level stabilization.

    All isolations and initiations occurred as expected. No main steam relief valves opened.

    Pressure was controlled via main turbine bypass valve operation.

    All safety systems operated as expected.


    • freebywill


      "Secondary Containment Zone 1, 2, and 3 differential pressure lowered to 0 inch WG [Water Gauge] due to a trip of the Reactor Building Ventilation system that resulted from Unit 1 Level 2 isolation.

      Differential pressure was restored to Zones 1, 2, and 3 by the initiation of Standby Gas Treatment System on the Unit 1 Level 2 initiation.

      "Unit 1 reactor is currently stable in Mode 3.

      Investigation into the loss of Main Turbine EHC logic power is underway.

      "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

      A voluntary notification to PEMA and press release will occur."

      The suspected cause of the loss of power to the EHC logic circuit is ongoing maintenance on the system.

      [ last statement – human error while performing maintenance ]

      [ notice that even tho they term this event as a non-emergency they contacted FEMA, imo this was a more serious event than they are letting on. ]

  • IAEA is creating it's new narrative — Ocean pollution

    Since the industrial revolution, ocean pollution has increased steadily. Around 80% of pollution comes from land, including agriculture, heavy industry, untreated sewage and litter like plastics.

    Classic false argument –point the finger somewhere else.

  • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

    Good stuff HHD. Luckily Rick Perry was appointed to some sort of influential clown position.

    Also, this thread isn't working properly.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      You have to be sober in order for it to work.

      • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

        Okay well let's see, Rick Perry, governor of texas, right? Check the time of this articles, that's some overlap I'd say.

        Recently appointed in the clown administration, right?

        Good thing I'm not sober though, I fucking hate work.

        • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

          Oh shit.

          *those articles.

        • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

          "Since February 2015, Perry has served on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners,[175] which owns and operates one of the largest energy asset portfolios in the United States.[176] The company owns 62,500 miles of oil and natural gas pipelines and is currently in the process of constructing the 1,172 mile long Dakota Access Pipeline.[176]"

          Say what?

  • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

    Time to request some affidavits? Yeah, I reckon so.

  • Jebus Jebus

    This is broken.

    I see the page numbers above me.


  • Jebus Jebus

    More than 5,000 claims in $375 million Rocky Flats settlement “appear to be valid”

    First checks in settlement involving former nuclear weapons site could reach claimants this fall, attorney says

    A $375 million class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of property owners who lived downwind from the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant has yielded more than 10,000 claims, and so far about half “appear to be valid,” the attorney overseeing the case said Wednesday.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Extension sought for Idaho storing nuclear meltdown debris


    6/9/17 11:55 AM

    BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials are requesting a 20-year extension involving the storage at an Idaho facility of reactor core debris from the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

    The U.S. Department of Energy in a document made public Friday is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew a license for the storage to 2039 at its 890-sqaure-mile site in eastern Idaho that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

    The reactor core debris from the 1979 nuclear accident was shipped from Pennsylvania to Idaho between 1986 and 1990. The license to store the material in Idaho expires in 2019.

    The Energy Department in a March 9 letter to Idaho officials says it remains committed to a 1995 agreement to remove the material from the state by 2035.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Learn something every day…


    IAEA Director General Yukiay Amano…I have happy memories of coming to Oslo in December 2005 to accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency. I was then Chairman of the IAEA Board of Governors and Ambassador of Japan…

    • Dazy Dazy

      Gross is an understatement.

      "In the public mind, the IAEA is associated primarily with our work to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

      But, in fact, our work covers almost everything to do with nuclear science and technology, including making it available to developing countries.

      Nuclear technology plays a much bigger role in our daily lives than most people realise.

      From the microchips and battery in your smartphone, to the tyres on your car and the electrical cables in the walls and floors of your home – items such as these are routinely treated with radiation.

      Radiation technology helps to prevent food from spoiling and can reveal otherwise invisible cracks in the wings of aircraft.

      And, of course, everyone is aware of the key role that nuclear technology plays in the diagnosis and treatment of major diseases."

      • Dazy Dazy

        Do they really think they're helping?

        "I would like to say a few words about other aspects of the IAEA’s Atoms for Peace and Development mandate.

        We help developing countries to use peaceful nuclear technology safely and securely in order to achieve their development goals.

        Nuclear technology enables countries to grow more food, treat cancer, manage water supplies, protect the seas and oceans and respond to climate change – and much more.

        The IAEA technical cooperation programme has made a real difference to the lives of millions of people in developing countries.

        For example, we help to increase food supplies by developing new varieties of crops such as rice and barley. These are higher-yielding and more resistant to drought and disease. By applying radiation in the laboratory, scientists accelerate the spontaneous mutation process that occurs in nature all the time."

        • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

          I'm reminded of a saying about sociopathic dictatorial tyranny. Maybe you remember it?

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          Helping, Dazy? Who cares! There's money to be made! And this, from a former ambassador of Japan!

          "Protecting the seas and oceans"?? Facepalm!

          "Is your country poor, sick, hungry, vulnerable, without clean water, feeling the effects of climate change, in need of money and profit? Nuclear can help! Just take our hand and we will lead you to the land of the rising sun! (Reapers hand reaches out from the cloak of death and darkness.) Trust me, I am your friend."

          There is no hope in getting these peeps to see the error of their ways. None. 100% double-speak by Yuklay- what a criminal liar.

          There will come a day when nuclear will be looked upon as the stupidest collapsing field mankind ever invented. But by then, it will be too late. Greedy fools.

          Nuclear: You've been had. It's a scam! All of it!

      • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

        "In the public mind, the IAEA is associated primarily with our work to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

        But, in fact, our work covers almost everything to do with nuclear science and technology, including making it available to developing countries."

        Interesting wording.

        So they're repeating something we kinda mentioned the other day about collusion, which stock tried to refute but instantly basically confirmed?

        Who'd have thought.

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