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

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


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    ‘Absolutely unacceptable’ error in shipment of nuclear materials prompts probe

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is facing a new federal investigation for shipping nuclear materials out of state by aircraft, in violation of federal law, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration, which called the error “absolutely unacceptable.”

    The agency released a statement Friday, saying the lab had mislabeled shipments of “special nuclear materials” — a term used for radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium and uranium — that were headed last week to the Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

    …The incident follows similar violations at the lab this spring involving mislabeled chemicals and hazardous waste, including nuclear materials. It also comes as the lab has faced a fresh wave of scrutiny from federal officials over whether it is capable of handling increasing quantities of plutonium as the nation ramps up its production of plutonium pits — the grapefruit-sized cores that trigger nuclear bombs — over the next 15 years aa a Los Alamos facility.


  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Nuclear: Too cheap to clean up their own messes.

    …"We are well down the road. The finish line is in sight," Johnson said, estimating the total cleanup cost at $26.1 million.

    Federal funding has paid for the recent work, with Utah-based Energy Solutions at the site since January.

    Johnson said he thinks more federal funding will come through to finish the cleanup, telling a crowd of about 50 people gathered for a community meeting Thursday in the Strickler Fire Department building that "we're working with our congressional delegation and the Department of Energy."

    With funding, the project can be finished by the end of next year, Johnson said.

    Cleanup in recent months comes after decades of UA ownership, with university and state officials during that time citing a lack of money as a hurdle to cleaning up the reactor site located about 20 miles southwest of Fayetteville.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog


    Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday he wants to help revive the U.S. nuclear power industry with a focus on small modular nuclear reactors.

    The former Texas governor testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources primarily on his department’s budget request, but touched upon topics such as nuclear power, cybersecurity and energy research and development.

    The budget provides $703 million for nuclear energy, $313 million below the FY 2017 level, to continue innovating new and improved ways to generate nuclear power, Perry said according to a transcript of his prepared remarks.

    Perry noted the DOE spent $390 million on supporting small modular reactors over the past 5 years, and also approved Oregon-based NuScale Power’s application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    The DOE has closed its SMR Licensing Technical Support program, Perry said, because the program achieved the goal of commercializing SMR technology.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      NRC license to be sought for GEH PRISM Advanced Reactor

      Posted on June 6, 2017 by djysrv

      ?prismFour U.S. nuclear energy firms have teamed to develop the basis for seeking an NRC design certification under 10CFR50 for the GE-Hitachi (GEH) PRISM advanced nuclear reactor.
      ?Team members plan to seek DOE funding as part of a public / private partnership. If the team receives an award of the federal funding, it would be focused on the technical preparation of an NRC application.
      ?The effort is being led by High Bridge Energy Development Co. with participation by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), Exelon Generation, and AEDCOM subsidiary URS Nuclear LLC
      ?This is the second teaming arrangement by GEH for the PRISM reactor. In November 2016 GEH and Southern Nuclear agreed to work jointly on the development and licensing…

      2010** GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Savannah River Nuclear Solution, a partnership comprising Fluor, Northrop Grumman, and Honeywell, have agreed to explore the potential of deploying a prototype of the Generation IV PRISM reactor at a proposed demonstration of small modular reactor technologies at the Energy Department’s Savannah River site. …

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog
      Critics allege that millions in donations by Harold Simmons to Texas Governor Rick Perry and other politicians influenced political support for the controversial project.
      After WCS drilled almost 600 wells to document the hydrology of the site, the state of Texas determined the WCS facility does not sit above or adjacent to any underground drinking water formations.[7] The Texas Water Development Board purportedly changed maps that had previously indicated the site lay above the Ogallala Aquifer.[8] The individuals responsible for approving the facility's license at TCEQ, and those who revised aquifer maps, were appointed by Governor Perry. Members of the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission, which voted to expand the facility, were also appointed by Governor Perry.[9]
      Critics also cite WCS' safety record. One 22-ton shipment of low-level radioactive material from a diffusion plant in Illinois failed to arrive at the WCS Andrews facility in late July 2001. Lost for almost a month, the material turned up dumped on a cattle ranch north of Dallas.[10] The company was fined in 2004 & 2005 for a string of incidents, including an employee improperly releasing radioactive material by flushing it down a toilet. The company agreed to pay $161,000 in fines.[11]

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      2015 …"The biggest financial impact one gets is by clearing out the decommissioned sites and repurposing them for other more useful economic purposes," McMahon said.

      The initial licence application from WCS will cover around 80% of the used nuclear fuel and greater than class C (GTCC) nuclear waste held by sites designated as stranded in the government’s 2012 Blue Ribbon Commission report. A stranded fuel site is where the reactor has been or is being removed and the spent fuel is being stored on site.

      “We can de-inventory these sites quickly, in a straightforward way– we get a very high [return] for it, we get very strong political support," McMahon said.
      …The application is being led by WCS with partners AREVA and NAC International.
      …According to WCS, the main operations performed at the site will be transferring the sealed canisters of used fuel from a transportation cask into an engineered interim fuel storage system, where it will be monitored until its departure to an off-site permanent disposal location. “Consolidated interim storage would provide system-wide benefits and flexibilities to strengthen the U.S. Used Nuclear Fuel Management Program and help advance a permanent geologic disposal program.

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        It creates a robust opportunity to develop and deploy the repackaging technology to prepare the used nuclear fuel currently in dry storage for final off-site disposal in a geologic repository,” Baltzer said.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog
      Areva, Candu Energy and GE Hitachi are competing to re-use the UK's plutonium stockpile.
      Stephen Tindale, former Executive Director of Greenpeace

      “The PRISM reactor offered by GE-Hitachi [is] a fourth-generation fast reactor design which can generate zero-carbon power by consuming our plutonium and spent fuel stockpiles, thereby tackling both the nuclear waste and climate problems simultaneously; it is currently under consideration by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as a promising alternative to Areva's MOX fuel for plutonium management.”

      …But the consolidated sites cannot be built until the original text of the NWPA is altered and this is why US Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Midland) introduced the Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2015 which would amend the NWPA to allow the DOE to partner with private companies for interim storage of high-level waste.

      Conaway’s district includes the city of Andrews, Texas and WCS officials worked with Conaway on drafting the bill. The bill will now be assigned to a committee within the US House of Representatives which will look to garner support, additional sponsors, and a place on an appropriations committee docket.

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        Assuming progress on the political front, WCS is aiming to gain license approval for its facility by June 2019 and begin construction in September of that year.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      Aaaand…There it is.

      and here. RollsRoyce guy was taken out for a reason, BTW (posted a few months ago)
      …NuScale announced on December 2, 2015, that it has signed a contract with Areva for the French state-owned nuclear firm to manufacture fuel assemblies at its Richland, WA, plant for SMRs. Areva will supply the initial cores for NuScale’s 50 MW SMRs as well as fuel reloads.

      Areva has designed nuclear fuel assemblies specifically for SMRs.

      …but one proposal stands out. GE-Hitachi (GEH) is developing a 311 MW liquid metal (sodium) cooled reactor based on the Integral Fast Reactor design.

      The firm has submitted an unsolicited proposal to the UK Nuclear Decomissioning Authority (NDA) to burn surplus plutonium as a way to dispose of it. The GEH plan calls for two units each with its own turbine.

      According to GEH the facility could be built in as little as three years. However, like all other new reactor projects, it would have to pass through the UK Generic Design Review. It is unclear whether the government’s regulators have the means to assess the safety of the new design.

      The GEH reactors are intended not only to provide electrical power, but also to solve a major problem for the NDA.

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        It has a large inventory of plutonium from spent fuel and also UK defense sources. Burning it in the PRISM reactors would be a path to safe disposition and would remove the need for a large, permanent geologic repository for it.

        GE Hitachi is designing an Advanced Recycling Centre (ARC) which integrates electrometallurgical processing with its PRISM fast reactors. The main feed is used fuel from light water reactors. The three products are fission products, uranium, and transuranics, which become fuel for the fast reactors (with some of the uranium).

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        Was Yucca highlighted with bad publicity (above) to further insure Perry's objective, WCS? Inadvertently, of course. Was the WIPP accident all in the plan? And Perry, too? Where will GE get it's spent fuel? Where will it be stored? And it's plutonium? Any word on any of this, as it's in the plan already…How important nuclear energy is to our government and economy… and how it stays in the background… not to be seen, smelled, or heard. Nothing to see here, folks.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      …“The man who is going to save the world is an ordinary-looking man,”declared Esquire magazine in a 2009 profile of GE Hitachi’s Eric Loewen.

      …“This time” refers to the long-awaited opportunity to deliver the PRISM integral fast reactor that has been in development since the early-1980s – an opportunity that last month saw Loewen visit the UK to give evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee of MPs.

      … “PRISM was a reactor concept developed, originally by Argonne National Laboratory in the 1980s and it is better known in the environmental press as the integral fast reactor,” Loewen explains, embarking on a short history and science lesson. “What it does is it takes different sorts of fuel materials such as plutonium or used nuclear fuel, it casts that into a metallic fuel, it puts it in a reactor that has liquid sodium as a coolant – and if you have liquid sodium as a coolant then the energies of the neutrons are higher so you can use a different fuel source. That is what is unique about it.”

      The other unique development is what results from that fuel – energy extracted at remarkably high conversion efficiencies and relatively “benign” waste material. “The [metallic] fuel has a lot of fissions in it and then those smaller elements – cesium, krypton, rubidium, those Superman type materials – are waste products,” continues Loewen. “After a while you need to take that fuel out and…

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        … we do a chemistry process called electro-chemistry where you use a molten salt bath and about 4V of DC voltage to separate the constituents. [You then] recast the fuel with the material that is still useful, and the small elements we put into a ceramic and metallic waste form. Those two constituents – the metal and the ceramic – after 300 years are less radioactive than the uranium ore mined from Canada or Australia… The waste from a radio-toxicity standpoint and leachability is very benign compared to other technologies.”

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      GEH has proposed a Nuclear Fuel Recycling Center (NFRC) consisting of an electrometallurgical separations plant and three PRISM power blocks. The NFRC will separate used nuclear fuel (UNF) into three components: uranium that can be used in CANDU reactors or re-enriched for use in light water reactors; fission products (with a shorter half-life) that are stabilized in glass or metallic form for geologic disposal; and transuranics (the long-lived radioactive material in UNF), which are used as fuel in PRISM. Based on current projections of UNF over 60 years, 26 NFRCs are capable of consuming the entire 120,000 tons of UNF in the U.S. Source: GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog Loaded.

      (2012) Recognising the export potential of these SMRs, the US Department of Energy (DoE) in January 2012 called for applications from industry to develop light water reactors. The $452?million shared funding opportunity is a bid to drive SMR development forward. The cost share agreement covers a five-year period and would involve equal spending by the winning team and the government of up to $904?million. The winner or winners will be announced in September 2012, from competitors Westinghouse, Babcock & Wilcox, Holtec and NuScale Nuclear. Each is designing a small modular reactor (SMR) based on a light water reactor. …

      …The US energy giant General Electric and Japanese conglomerate Hitachi have joined forces to construct a fast reactor – the Power Reactor Innovative Small Module (PRISM) – that can actually generate electricity from spent nuclear fuel. GE Hitachi estimates that around 95% of the spent nuclear fuel from conventional light water reactors could be used to generate electricity, and has laid out plans to build a reactor recycling plant in the US. The alliance has also confirmed talks with the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to use the technology to deal with the nation’s civil plutonium stockpile.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      2010** GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Savannah River Nuclear Solution, a partnership comprising Fluor, Northrop Grumman, and Honeywell, have agreed to explore the potential of deploying a prototype of the Generation IV PRISM reactor at a proposed demonstration of small modular reactor technologies at the Energy Department’s Savannah River site.

      …General Electric (GE), together with the US national laboratories, had been developing Prism under the Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor/Integral Fast Reactor (ALMR/IFR) program funded by the US Department of Energy (DoE). That program was cancelled in 1994, but not before a pre-application safety evaluation report for the original Prism design concluded that "no obvious impediments to licensing the Prism design had been identified."

      GEH – a joint venture between GE and Japan's Hitachi – is now touting the Prism design as its Generation-IV solution to closing the nuclear fuel cycle in the USA.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      NRC license to be sought for GEH PRISM Advanced Reactor

      Posted on June 6, 2017 by djysrv

      ?prismFour U.S. nuclear energy firms have teamed to develop the basis for seeking an NRC design certification under 10CFR50 for the GE-Hitachi (GEH) PRISM advanced nuclear reactor. (PDF slide deck)
      ?Team members plan to seek DOE funding as part of a public / private partnership. If the team receives an award of the federal funding, it would be focused on the technical preparation of an NRC application.
      ?The effort is being led by High Bridge Energy Development Co. with participation by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), Exelon Generation, and AEDCOM subsidiary URS Nuclear LLC
      ?This is the second teaming arrangement by GEH for the PRISM reactor. In November 2016 GEH and Southern Nuclear agreed to work jointly on the development and licensing of the sodium-cooled fast reactor.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Well, they said it would probably take 200 years to come up with technology to unfuck Fukushima. Good to know it's probably only 150 really


  • q Farthington MacMananus

    I can mention some random stuff right? OT isn't available and I'm almost sure this has nothing to do with nuclear crap, so.

    Has probably been mentioned before, but oh well.

    • q Farthington MacMananus

      As usual, forgive me if this has already been mentioned.

      "It then set in motion a calamity of a different sort: Virtually all of the Los Alamos engineers tasked with keeping workers safe from criticality incidents decided to quit, having become frustrated by the sloppy work demonstrated by the 2011 event and what they considered the lab management’s callousness about nuclear risks and its desire to put its own profits above safety.

      When this exodus was in turn noticed in Washington, officials there concluded the privately-run lab was not adequately protecting its workers from a radiation disaster. In 2013, they worked with the lab director to shut down its plutonium handling operations so the workforce could be retrained to meet modern safety standards.
      Those efforts never fully succeeded, however, and so what was anticipated as a brief work stoppage has turned into a nearly four-year shutdown of portions of the huge laboratory building where the plutonium work is located, known as PF-4.

      Officials privately say that the closure in turn undermined the nation’s ability to fabricate the cores of new nuclear weapons and obstructed key scientific examinations of existing weapons to ensure they still work. The exact cost to taxpayers of idling the facility is unclear, but an internal Los Alamos report estimated in 2013 that shutting down the lab where such work is conducted costs the government as much as $1.36 million a day in lost productivity."


  • q Farthington MacMananus

    Anybody else reckon those sailors should be allowed to sue the US Govt, DOE/DOD, Navy, GE, also?

    • danger kitty danger kitty

      Of course the sailors from the Reagan should be able to sue General Electric. Defective product liability. From the start. Suing the government means we pay. We pay for too much stupid in our name already.
      If you want a real eye opener, Frank, search Price Anderson Act. Corporate welfare/subsidy.

  • unincredulous unincredulous Love listening to this guy. No aliens, just illuminati. OT good point about moon landing hoax. OT

    • unincredulous unincredulous William Cooper on Alex Jones Y2K fearmongering.

      Well, to be fair, just a year and a half later we got 911.

      Maybe exhausting our reserves of concern is the plan.

      I'm tired. Too tired to be scared. Aliens, nukes, and muslims, oh, my.

      Between those trying to convince that nuclear fallout is harmless, and that the world will end yesterday… I wonder if the animals can sense the confusion in man

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Bill Cooper said if the war had to start on his dooorstep,so be it. 55:22

    He was murdered on his doorstep.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Dana Durnford

    The Nuclear Proctologist.

    I took web design course in college. It seems like such a waste that his website is designed so poorly. The first page takes forever to load the page. One of the first things I was taught was to not put so much information, especially photos, on a page that this time to load is too long. The website is so unprofessional, it is horrible. Can't anyone at the Fukushima Hounds help him? He could do better getting a free site by or any of the dozens of free website builders that allow a person to later pay a little and get their own domain. I guess you can transfer a domain. I think he was saying he pays alot of money for the website. Seriously, his website is his weakest link. Maybe he doesn't want help with it I don't know.

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Susquehanna 1;2 (PA) @ 100;100 % LOSS OF SECONDARY CONTAINMENT

    "On June 24, 2017 at 1028 [EDT], a loss of secondary containment occurred due to trip of 2V217A Zone III Filtered Exhaust Fan causing a reduction in D/P [differential pressure] to less than the required 0.25 WC [water column].

    "2V217B Zone III Filtered Exhaust Fan started on low flow in AUTO as designed and secondary containment D/P was restored to greater than 0.25 WC by 1029 hours.

    "This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(c) and per the guidance of NUREG 1022, Rev. 3, section 3.2.7 as a loss of a safety function. There is no redundant Susquehanna secondary containment system."

    The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

    • freebywill


      "While performing a scheduled generator voltage regulator test, River Bend Station experienced an automatic scram when the main generator tripped.

      It is unknown at this time why the main generator tripped.

      "There were no equipment issues that materially impacted post scram operator response.

      "The intention at this time is to go to cold shutdown while the cause of the trip is investigated."

      All rods inserted during the scram. Reactor water level is being maintained via normal feedwater with decay heat being removed via turbine bypass valves to the main condenser.

      The electrical grid is stable and supplying plant loads via the normal shutdown electrical lineup. [ the unit is consuming grid power ]

      The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

      [ "While performing a scheduled generator voltage regulator test, River Bend Station experienced an automatic scram when the main generator tripped. " – if past reports are any indicator we will find out that a human error during testing caused the outage ]

  • q Farthington MacMananus

    I must ask, is it that the nuclear industry and proponents are stupid or malicious? Is the banking industry stupid or malicious, the military industrial complex?

    I would argue that supposed stupidity can be forgiven, but intentional malice I'm not so sure about.

    As freebywill mentioned, no doubt they will blame any problems on a simple worker's human error, rather than address management or the corporatist horseshit, the laywers, etc, the supposed clever people.

    The way I see it, it's mostly pretty stupid to be malicious.

    And still, I don't know what the fuck is going on.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "These workers’ lives are endangered while contractors running nuclear weapons plants make millions"
    "• Private firms running these laboratories and plants each are paid $40,000 to $160,000 a day in profits alone, a total of more than $2 billion in the past 10 years.

    But during that period, the Energy Department’s enforcement arm waived or significantly reduced 19 of 21 major fines that officials had said were justified because of safety lapses and other workplace misconduct. All told, they forgave $3.3 million of $7.3 million they said could have been imposed"

  • Byrian415

    Mandela Mailbag, Words With Friends, & Fun Facts!

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    MANDELA EFFECT – Papa Johns

  • freebywill

    yikes – Burning tumbleweeds at Hanford, does this look like a good ides ?

    link in the tweet leads to a facebook page.
    Hanford Site added 3 new photos.
    June 12 at 12:31pm · Kennewick, WA ·

    Tri-Cities residents and visitors alike are familiar with the “official plant” of our region – the tumbleweed. The Biological Controls group with Hanford Site contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) is responsible for tumbleweed disposal. MSA crews use buck rakes, compactor trucks and controlled burns to dispose of both regulated and non-regulated tumbleweeds.

    [ "regulated" ? Does that mean rad contaminated ? ]

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Governments of the world need to grow some balls. Like the Federal Reserve actually being a bunch of private bankers, the "New World Order" will be a bunch of private rich guys, too.

    Do we really want to be ruled by "Dr. No?"

  • q Farthington MacMananus

    Are you massively retarded? Here is a product for you. Mind that like typical insulin diabetes drugs, it likely promotes dependence and naturally deficient hormonal management. But hey, don't address the real problems.

    "It’s solid enough that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the project; there’s a version of the implant that can also be used for HIV medications. If they get FDA approval, Intarcia hopes to release the implant in late 2017."

  • q Farthington MacMananus

    Interested in Russian hacking? Kaching? It's a cheap tactic.

    "It comes as around 1,000 British MPs and parliamentary staff, 7,000 police employees and more than 1,000 Foreign Office officials were all understood to have had confidential information traded online without their knowledge.Even some of the prime minister’s closest government ministers, including education secretary, Justine Greening, and business secretary, Greg Clark, are thought to have been affected by the hack.

    The huge database was being sold for just £2, with the low price justified by the fact it had already spent months being passed around. Its original price is likely to have been much higher."

  • q Farthington MacMananus


    "At 1700 EDT on June 16, 2017 it was determined that an unanalyzed condition was identified that failed to meet performance criteria. This report is conservatively being made in accordance with 10CFR70 Appendix A (b)(1).

    "In the powder process, a non-radioactive additive is added to a can of uranium in a hood. A previous process hazard analysis (PHA) determined that a criticality in the associated HEPA filters was not credible during this step. A recent update to a criticality analysis identified a potential condition where small amounts of uranium could build up in the HEPA filter over decades. The ISA [Integrated Safety Analysis] team met and decided that current safety controls will need to be implemented as IROFS [items relied on for safety] to assure that performance criteria are met. The operation is currently shut down and no unsafe condition existed.

    "Safety Significance of Events: At no time was an unsafe condition present.

    "Safety Equipment Status: The operation was shutdown.

    "Status of Corrective Actions: Additional corrective actions, extent of condition, and extent of cause are being investigated."

  • q Farthington MacMananus

    "Port Hope Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Project (Ontario)
    Overflows of untreated water after heavy rain at Port Hope Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Project: The CNSC was informed by the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) Management Office that after a heavy downpour in the Cobourg and Port Hope areas on June 22 and 23, there were overflows of untreated water from the water collection pond at the Port Hope Project Long-Term Waste Management Facility and from the catch basin at the Port Granby Waste Management Facility. These overflows resulted in environmental releases into Lake Ontario.
    Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (the licensee) has the situation under control, and the overflow has stopped. Water testing is currently underway. Preliminary results from the licensee's testing confirm that there is no risk to the public or workers. (CNSC June 26, 2017)"

  • freebywill


    "On June 26, 2017 at 1756 PDT, Reactor Building (Secondary Containment) pressure rose above the Technical Specification (TS) requirement multiple times from 1756 to 1800.

    "Secondary Containment was declared inoperable and entry into Technical Specification Action Statement was made. There was a significant change in average wind speed and barometric pressure occurring at that time.

    "At 1800 PDT, Secondary Containment pressure was restored to within limits and TS was exited. Environmental conditions have stabilized. The Reactor Building Differential Pressure controllers are working as designed.

    "This condition is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) for an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function needed to control the release of radioactive material and accident mitigation.

    [ note increased rad readings in Spokane and Richland on the 26th ]

  • freebywill


    "On June 26, 2017, at 1531 [EDT], Indian Point Unit 2 inserted a manual reactor trip prior to Steam Generator levels reaching the automatic reactor trip setpoint.

    Steam Generator water level perturbation resulted from a loss of 22 Main Boiler Feed Pump.

    All Control Rods verified inserted.

    The Auxiliary Feedwater System started as designed and supplied feedwater to the Steam Generators.

    Heat removal is via the Main Condenser through the High Pressure Steam Dumps.

    Offsite power is being supplied through the normal 138kV feeder 95332.

    The cause of the 22 Main Boiler Feed Pump loss is currently under investigation.

    Entergy is issuing a press release/news release on this issue."

    Unit 2 is stable and in Mode 3. There was no impact on Unit 3.

  • freebywill


    The following information was received via fax:

    "This letter is a Part 21 notification to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission of a potential component defect.

    "The ITT Conoflow models GT25CA1826 and GT25CD1826 current to pressure (l/P) transducers produce a calibrated 3.0 to 15.0 psi output pressure from a 4.0 to 20.0 mA DC (input) signal.

    "On May 5, 2017 a non-safety related GT25CA1826 was received for evaluation. This transducer would not respond to the 4 to 20 mA operating signal. The failure was caused by a defective solder joint at a coil lead terminal on the printed circuit board. The circuit board was replaced and the unit worked correctly.

    "An immediate inspection of all stock revealed additional parts with defective solder joints. Based on our [Enidine] investigation, circuit boards with defective solder joints are limited to two lots, received on April 29, 2016 and May 27, 2016. Preventive measures have been implemented to prevent recurrence.

    "We [Enidine] have produced and shipped the following safety related products that have used parts from these two lots of circuit boards:

    Enertech\Gefran [Benelux NV]
    Enertech\Arizona Power [Palo Verde]
    Enertech\CCI [Control Components Inc.]

  • Jebus Jebus

    'Bring on more renewables,' U.S. regulator says as grid study looms

    Wind and solar power does not make the U.S. electricity grid less stable, an outgoing federal regulator said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration readies a study that will examine whether renewable energy has had a harmful effect.

    In February, wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electricity demand in the 14-state Southwest Power Pool, for the first time on any North American grid.

    In March, wind and solar accounted for more than 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation for the first time.

    Who's in fear of more renewables?

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    more money, more "More money — lots more money — needed for Hanford cleanup, top official says"–_lots_more_money.html

  • PlowboyGrownUp "Fukushima Executives To Start Trial For 2011 Nuclear Disaster"

  • q Farthington MacMananus

    Stop bullshit nuclear expansion.

    "…once and for all. "

  • q Farthington MacMananus

    Don't even for a moment think I haven't figured out the coal, oil, gas, etc "causation" deceit related to exclusive scapegoating of nuclear.

  • q Farthington MacMananus

    "Plus, the technology already is already commercially viable, and scalable. For example, 5% of the world runs on nuclear energy, and France ran on nuclear power for decades with no issues.

    There was a time when nuclear energy looked like it would take the world by storm. And honestly, if the world spent even half of the money it spent on solar energy on nuclear power, we could’ve made the transition to an emissions-free world decades ago."

    Bullshit on either side of manufacturing. Human, many stupid.

    • q Farthington MacMananus

      I was quoting that bit to point out a matter of irony, btw.

    • q Farthington MacMananus

      I mean, some people still think coal, gas, nuclear and even their corporate, child slave-labour solar panel, lithium "clean power" isn't just massively inefficient entropic corporate garbage.

      Let me give you a clue. Let's say you get everything from the sun, now, you're at about 30% efficiency (as an end-product), except that product needs cobalt, lithium etc.

      So, you see how that rather quickly degenerates?

      • q Farthington MacMananus

        "Solar panels also contain heavy metals like lead, which can damage the nervous system, and carcinogenic metals like chromium and cadmium."

        Really? I thought uranium is AT BEST, somewhat unstable radioactive lead, resulting in say, radon, polonium, tritium, etc.

        Lead and silica, the safest things you can possibly imagine.

  • freebywill

    More than 30 nuclear experts inhale uranium after radiation alarms at a weapons site are switched off

    5 a.m., June 27, 2017
    by Patrick Malone, Peter Cary, R. Jeffrey Smith

    [ this occurred in 2014, huge article at link ]

    The government scientists didn’t know they were breathing in radioactive uranium at the time it was happening. In fact, most didn’t learn about their exposure for months, long after they returned home from the nuclear weapons research center where they had inhaled it.

    The entire event was characterized by sloppiness, according to a quiet federal investigation, with multiple warnings issued and ignored in advance, and new episodes of contamination allowed to occur afterward. All of this transpired without public notice by the center.

    The Nevada site’s managers, who work for a group of private, profit-making contractors — like most U.S. nuclear weapons personnel — ordered the rooms decontaminated.

    The inspector general’s report also warned that more than a third of the time, when the contractors involved said they had fixed problems flagged by the government, they hadn’t actually done so.

    Amid a rise in workplace injury and illnesses at the site — which the report did not explain — the contractor had depicted the government’s inquiries about it as an “overreaction.”

    [ many examples of managers taking risks to collect their bonuses ]

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Investigation: Nuclear material accidentally shipped via plane
    (how does one 'accidentally ship by plane'?)
    The material had been packaged for ground transport. But instead it was shipped via a commercial air cargo service, which isn't allowed under U.S. regulations."

  • freebywill

    Abandoned US Nuclear Base in Greenland Could Start Leaking Toxic Waste Because of Global Warming

    Benjamin PowersJun. 12, 2017 12:57 PM

    Over the last century, many glaciers have pulled back farther than humans have ever previously witnessed. While the retreat of glaciers, and changes in the cryosphere more generally (which includes ice sheets and permafrost), can be seen as purely symbolic representations of the unwavering march of climate change, they are shifting geography as they melt and thaw, leaving dangerous implications behind.

    Camp Century is only one such instance. Built underneath the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet in 1959 by the the US Army Corps of Engineers as part of Project Iceworm, the project was designed to create a network of mobile nuclear missile launch sites in Greenland. Intended to study the deployment and potential launch of ballistic missiles within the ice sheet, the base was eventually abandoned and decommissioned in 1967.

    While the base’s nuclear generator was removed as part of the decommissioning, various kinds of waste remain at the base, including sewage, persistent organic pollutants, diesel fuel, and the radiological waste from the removed nuclear generator. At the time, it was expected all of this would be safely buried in the ice sheet, never to see the light of day.

  • q Farthington MacMananus

    I noticed CS mentioned something about poop stains in my pants, well, maybe, but don't forget my underwear.

    Now I have to ask, is that any worse than some of the societal shit you're being sold? I'm totally okay with being disgusting, rather than an actual malicious ignorant piece of shit.

  • Jebus Jebus

    With credits to uni, I'ma post this here.

    Challenging the ICRP Dose Model with Chris Busby Court Update

    Published on Feb 14, 2016, by arclight2011

    These are the one's making progress.

    Remember that…

  • freebywill



    The following update was received via email:

    "Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Corporation (CW-EMD) submitted an interim report concerning a deviation in the AP1000 Reactor Coolant Pump casing via letter EMD-GM-17-02, dated January 12, 2017. This letter updates the status of the investigation.

    "1. Extent of condition evaluation has been completed. CW-EMD has confirmed that the discontinuous (non-tangential) axisymmetric feature between the cast bowl region and machined suction nozzle OD is limited (domestically) to the 8 AP1000 RCP casings delivered to V.C. Summer units 2 & 3.

    "2. AP1000 RCP casing stress and fatigue supplemental analyses have been performed to assess the excess material condition discovered on the suction nozzle OD. The deviation has been determined to still satisfactorily meet the pressure boundary stress requirements of the ASME Code and can therefore be accepted as-is.

    [ cont ]

    • freebywill


      "3. The analysis included generation of a 2D axisymmetric FEA [Finite Element Analysis] of the casing with a bounding representation of the as-built geometry, based on extraction of cross-sectional profiles from the V.C. Summer laser scan data of 2 casings. The 2D FEA was used to determine the stress concentration factor(s) associated with the as-built deviated feature, enabling a fatigue strength reduction factor to be estimated and applied to the existing 3D FEA casing fatigue (nominal design) analysis.

      "4. The maximum fatigue usage at the location of the deviation on the casing suction nozzle was conservatively estimated to increase from 0.287 to 0.633. This condition still satisfies the 1.0 usage limit specified in the ASME Code.

      "5. Therefore, this deviation does not constitute a substantial safety hazard, and the condition has been determined to be not reportable under the provisions of Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 21."

      Notified the R2DO(Bartley) and Part 21 Group (via email).

  • freebywill


    "On 6/29/2017 at 0857 [EDT], VC Summer Nuclear Station automatically tripped due to a loss of normal feed water flow to the B Steam Generator.

    "There were no complications with the trip.

    All control rods fully inserted.

    All emergency feedwater pumps automatically started and recovered steam generator levels.

    "The plant is stable in Mode 3.

    Station personnel are investigating the cause of the loss of normal feedwater to the B Steam Generator.

    This is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A).

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

    The licensee notified the State of South Carolina as well as Fairfield, Lexington, Richland and Newberry Counties regarding the event.

    [ automatic scram means the operators didn't notice there was something wrong and it was a SURPRISE !! shutdown. }

  • freebywill

    US Nuclear Plant’s Computer System Hacked

    At least one U.S. nuclear power plant was breached and is now being investigated by Federal authorities.

    However, [no] evidence of particularly sensitive or operational systems being breached were found. Authorities believe that the breach was aimed at information of the “business-associated side”.

    There was at least one breach detected over recent months.

    The breach was first reported by E&E News, which covers energy and environment business and policy issues.

    E&E noted the hack did not garner the attention of the public safety alert systems at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the International Atomic Energy Agency, which could be further evidence of a low risk level associated with the breach.

    A U.S. official called it an “ongoing matter”, meaning, it is still being investigated. No word has been released from authorities on the suspected culprits, but agencies are looking at the possibility that this may be an international hack.

    It was unclear if the case is related in any other cyber-attacks.

    Nuclear breach opens new chapter in cyber struggle

    Blake Sobczak and Peter Behr, E&E News reporters
    Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    U.S. authorities are investigating a cyber intrusion affecting multiple nuclear power generation sites this year, E&E News has learned.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Exelon and JAPC Form Joint Venture

    April 13, 2017—Exelon Generation and Japan Atomic Power Co. (JAPC) have formed a joint venture, JExel Nuclear, which is expected to sign an "advisory services" contract with Horizon Nuclear Power, the Hitachi-owned United Kingdom-based company currently developing a project to build two advanced nuclear reactors at the Wylfa Newydd site in Wales.

    Horizon and Exelon Partner to Advance Wylfa Newydd Project

    Feb. 16, 2017—Horizon Nuclear Power and Exelon Generation have announced a partnership to grow Horizon’s expertise and capability to operate a next-generation nuclear power plant at Wylfa Newydd in North Wales.

    DOE Taps Four Companies for Deep Borehole Test

    Jan. 5, 2017—The U.S. Department of Energy has selected four companies to examine the possibility of conducting a deep borehole field test to investigate the feasibility of engineering deep boreholes to act as repositories for some forms of nuclear waste.

    The four companies and site states are: AECOM and Texas; ENERCON and New Mexico; TerranearPMC LLC and New Mexico; and RESPEC and South Dakota. Each company will need to win approval of communities near the test sites. An earlier deep borehole project failed because local communities objected that they had not been consulted adequately.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Exelon's 2016 revenue of $31.4 billion… What's in your wallet? Nothing.
    Third Japan-U.S. Forum on Fukushima Decommissioning and Recovery- Presentations by U.S.
    Third Japan-U.S. Forum on Fukushima Decommissioning and Recovery – Summary – February 24-26, 2016 – Tokyo, Fukushima and Ibaraki, Japan
    Japan-U.S. Decommissioning and Remediation Fukushima Recovery Forum Summary
    Error Code: -257
    Error Message: Failed to locate document information for document with content ID 'eg_jp_071325'. The document is no longer in the system.
    Presentations by U.S. Firms
    Error Code: -338
    Error Message: Failed to locate relative path 'fukushima/2mdforumsummary' in hierarchy of site 'EG_JP'. Oh… Promotional, timing… How can you say no to such a clean, green provider with such outstanding leadership? Sarc.

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER:

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER (Radioactive Japan) 福島第一原子力発電所事故

    • freebywill

      RE: Hacking Nuclear Command and Control. Interesting doc, found this in it

      " using a worm to corrupt the computer control systems of a nuclear power plant in Ohio; "

      went for a look and found this article

      Slammer worm crashed Ohio nuke plant network

      which provides some detail. Further investigation led to this doc.

      The Vulnerability of Nuclear Facilities to Cyber Attack

      In the doc ( pg 5 ) is info on three different incidents at US_NPS.

      Altho systems security has most likely been enhanced over the years, the recent wikileaks exposure of cyber tools collected by the NSA/CIA demonstrates how the state terrorists (NSA/CIA) would be able to orchestrate an event for whatever purpose they choose and make it look like someone else did it.

  • freebywill


    "At 1420 EDT on 7/1/17, Fermi 2 determined that the site was in violation of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit due to chemical addition pumps (for the cooling tower reservoir) being out of service for approximately seventeen hours.

    This resulted in sodium hypochlorite concentrations exceeding state limits.

    As of 0855 EDT [on] 7/1/17, the levels of sodium hypochlorite were restored to less than measureable values.

    "Reports will be made to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and other local agencies.

    Since these reports are in the process of being made, this is considered a news release or notification to other government agencies, therefore this event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi).

  • freebywill


    "On June 30, 2017 at time 0130 [EDT], the Condensate Storage Tank (CST) was declared inoperable per Technical Specification 3.7.6. A pin hole sized through wall leak was discovered on the downstream side of CD-123, 32 Auxiliary Boiler Feed Pump Bearing Cooling Relief Valve, which is unisolable to the CST. No type of Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) can be used to effectively characterize the defect. Based on the inability to characterize the defect and the fact that the degradation mechanism is not readily apparent, the valve is considered inoperable because the valve has lost its ability to maintain a pressure boundary. As a result, the CST is inoperable. Currently, the CST has 580,000 gallons of water contained in the tank, which is well above the minimum required amount of 360,000 gallons. City water is the backup means to supply water to the Auxiliary Feedwater System, and this has been verified to be operable in accordance with the Actions of the Technical Specification. The CST must be restored to operable status within 7 days.

    "The CST provides cooling water to remove decay heat and the minimum amount of water in the Condensate Storage Tank is the amount needed to maintain the plant for 24 hours at hot shutdown following a trip from full power. The CST satisfies Criteria 2 and 3 of 10 CFR…

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