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

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


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  • freebywill


    "At 1400 [EDT], St. Lucie completed a review of Unit 1 Hot Leg Injection scenarios.

    St. Lucie Unit 1 was licensed with a Hot Leg Injection capability that relies upon manual actions to accomplish the function.

    This review concluded that some postulated single electrical train failure scenarios were not fully addressed in plant procedures.

    Because of the potential to extend Hot Leg Injection initiation beyond the analysis start time, St. Lucie is reporting this condition under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B).

    "The affected off-normal procedures were immediately revised to include necessary instructions to restore power to selected valves during a postulated loss of electrical power to restore the Hot Leg Injection strategy.

    Unit 1 remained at 100% power.

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

    A review found this condition was not applicable for Unit 2.

    [ nothing really here, this was a what if '…' scenario that resulted in a ' we didn't think about that, we need to fix it '. ]

  • freebywill


    "At 0934 CDT, while appropriately removed from service for pre-planned testing, the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) inboard steam isolation valve, MO-2238, valve position indication was found to be inadequate.

    As a result, MO-2238 was declared inoperable in accordance with Technical Specification (TS)

    This resulted in a condition that caused the HPCI system to be inoperable.

    "The cause of the inadequate valve position indication is currently being investigated.

    This report is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D).

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed."

    [ ' inadequate ' ? ]

  • freebywill

    Secret Bunkers for Continuation of U.S. Government while Nuked Citizens Die – RAVEN ROCK author Garrett Graff – Nuclear Hotseat #319

    Libbe HaLevy

    This Week’s Featured Interviews:

    Nancy Foust of deciphers TEPCO’s first batch of robot pictures of inside Fukushima-Daiichi’s wrecked containment vessel.

    Garrett Graff, author of RAVEN ROCK: The Story of the US Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself While the Rest of Us Die.

    Not exactly your light bedtime reading!

    [ Remember, the gov't isn't here to save you from it's decisions, it's objective is to save itself.

    But the gov't needs your help paying for all this.

    Please consider getting a second job so you can pay more taxes, or you
    could work extra hard and get a pay raise, so you can pay more taxes.

    There are many ways you can contribute if you get creative and really try.

    Diverting resource from the gov't in preparing for your own survival is just plain selfish, you aren't the gov't THEY are. ]

  • freebywill

    Cooper: Nuclear Plant Operated 89 Days with Key Safety System Impaired

    Dave Lochbaum, director, Nuclear Safety Project | July 14, 2017, 6:00 am EDT

    Workers shut down the reactor on September 24, 2016, to enter a scheduled refueling outage. That process eventually led to NRC special inspections.

    Following the outage, workers reconnected the plant to the electrical grid on November 8, 2016, to begin its 30th operating cycle.

    During the outage, workers closed two valves that are normally open when while the reactor operates.

    Later during the outage, workers were directed to re-open the valves and they completed paperwork indicating the valves had been opened.
    [ completed the paperwork but not the task ]

    But a quarterly check on February 5, 2017, revealed that both of the valves remained closed.

    The closed valves impaired a key safety system for 89 days until the mis-positioned valves were discovered and opened.

    The NRC dispatched a special inspection team to the site on March 1, 2017, to look into the causes and consequences of the improperly closed valves.
    [ Why didn't the resident inspector verify this task had been done? }

    [ more detail at the link ]

  • freebywill

    August 2, 2017 | NRC Issues Confirmatory Action Letter to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant on Safety Performance Improvement Commitment |

    [ this is a notice of the Recovery Plans transmittal ]

    [ This is the recovery plan. ]

    July 28, 2017 | Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Recovery Plan |

    [ Considering that Pilgrim is scheduled for shutdown in 2019 ]

    [ does anyone really believe they ( Entergy ) are going to commit the resources needed to fulfill the Recovery Plan ? ]

  • freebywill



    "On 06/21/2017 Comanche Peak reported an ENS Report (no. 52817) related to the potential loss of 118 VAC electrical panels operating in bypass mode of operation for various 10 CFR [50] Appendix R III.G.2 fires outside the Control Room due to circuit coordination issues. This could adversely affect safe shutdown equipment and potentially cause the loss of the ability to conduct a safe shutdown as required by 10 CFR 50 Appendix R.

    "Subsequent analysis by Engineering has determined that the affected panels remain coordinated for fire generated faults and can be credited as available by the Fire Safe Shutdown Analysis for a fire outside of the Control Room.

    "Based on the above, the condition described in the ENS report no. 52817 is not considered to be an unanalyzed condition as described in 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B)."

    The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • freebywill


    "On June 22, 2017 at [1130 EDT], […] Radiation Safety Officer for Hospira, Inc. (Pfizer), Rocky Mount, NC […] experiencing an issue involving their Wet Shielded Irradiator [..] 4,800,000.00 Ci of Co-60).

    RSO stated that during routine maintenance checks the Source 1 Rack of the irradiator would not trip the down switch to confirm the source rack was in the down position on the control panel and that they were following emergency procedures. Nordion was then contacted by the licensee to obtain assistance. RPS inspectors were immediately dispatched to the licensee's site.

    [ This device is in a 'vault room ' , the source is lowered into a shielded position which allows workers to move items to be processed into the room. What they are processing is unknown to me but from previous readings it could be medical instruments or devices, or medical compounds that are being irradiated by Co60 as a sterilizer. ]

    [ The end result was a faulty switch that wasn't registering the device as being secured into the shielded position. The switch was replaced. ]

  • freebywill

    Mexico – cesium 137 and americium-beryllium was stolen

    A container with radioactive material was stolen in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon

    "The National Commission for Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (CNSNS) informed the Interior Ministry’s National Coordination of Civil Protection that a theft of a radioactive source with the serial number MD40502057 took place at 16:20 [local time, 07:20 GMT] on August 1 on Plaza La Joya, the state of Nuevo Leon," the statement said, noting that the radioactive material could be dangerous for human health.

  • freebywill

    EQ – approx 150 km SE of WIPP M 2.8 – 35km SE of Pecos, Texas
    2017-08-04 17:05:36 UTC 31.161°N 103.271°W 2.7 km depth

  • freebywill

    EQ approx 7 km NW of Peach Bottom (PA)
    M 1.8 – 4km NNE of Susquehanna Trails, Pennsylvania
    2017-08-05 05:26:56 UTC 39.796°N 76.352°W 5.0 km depth

  • Checkmate

    A very interesting article on living on a nuclear dump…

    I don't know if the "#skip-link" should be included in the copy and paste I did.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Thank you, Checkmate. A quote from your link above, reference to a statement by Jonathan Weisgall:

      "Jonathan Weisgall, an attorney who wrote the book Operation Crossroads: The Atomic Tests at Bikini Atoll, said secrecy long has undermined efforts to protect civilians from exposure to radioactive waste."

      “ ' What I saw at the birth of the Cold War and the testing program was this ignorance, arrogance, and secrecy, which combined into a hairy-chested attitude of, "If you can’t feel it, it doesn’t hurt you," ' Weisgall said. 'As I’ve looked at the history ever since, that hairy-chested attitude continues to permeate the approach of government agencies that have dealt with the legacy of atomic weapons.”

      We spent some time in Vallejo, California, from 2010 through 2013. We knew many people with horrid cancers and brain cancers. It seemed far too many people died of cancer there. Vallejo is not far from Treasure Island. It is also home to the Mare Island Naval facility, now closed. Interestingly, homes are now also being and have been built on Mare Island. A close friend whose father was in the Navy and worked on transport of nuclear weapons there said the Plutonium contamination there is significant.

      That is another subject for research and potentially opens another huge can of worms. 'Wondering when contamination levels at Mare Island may see the light of day.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Radiological Contamination of the Mare Island Shipyard (from EPA):

        "Radiological Survey of the Mare Island Shipyard, Alameda Naval Air Station, and Hunters Point Shipyard"

        It's not just Treasure Island and Mare Island Shipyard which were actually or potentially contaminated; radioactive materials were handled by the Navy and Air Force all over the S.F. Bay (east side), and southeast San Francisco.

        Click through the "Get This One" link at upper right side to download the .pdf file.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          stock, if you see this, would you please comment on the methodology, esp. that used for gamma scintillation analysis?

          My comment on the EPA report would be to accurately determine whether or not the results have validity, the methodology including maps and statements about data collection and analysis would need close inspection. As they say, the devil is in the details.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            stock and/or others, curious about the selection of samples for data collection and analysis, too.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            One more comment re: the SF Bay area site study (air stations and naval shipyards), there is no summary at the beginning of the report. Is this sloppy editing, or are results presented at the end to minimize the impact of the reader's perception of the results?

            IMHO a well written technical report should always include a summary of the results at the beginning, as well as having a re-statement or conclusion at its end.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              The EPA study results state there was no Cobalt 60 found at any of the sites.

              Interestingly, if one looks closely at results for the other contaminants, they are within detectable ranges. Some of them, Cs 137, Pb 214, Pi 214, Ra 226, Th 232, have results falling within the higher end of the specified range. Counting range errors appear to be on the high end.

              Observation: since the counting range errors are so high (some 10 or 11 percent in many cases), are these results reliable? Why are error ranges so high? This report apparently gives results with Standard Deviations of .02. That's very high for a statistical analysis with meaningful results. An SD of 1.0 to 1.5 is much more desirable, and results are far more reliable. The goal is (if memory serves) to have counting errors more in the range of 2% to 5%.

              Note the 20% counting range error for Ra 226.

              Can anyone comment on this?

              The report also states Tritium levels were below detectable thresholds.

              I personally don't believe these test results have validity, based on my own observations and reports from people who live in the area (anecdotal, yes). Am going to see if there's independent data out there, and what it says.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                From a website someone posted re: the chemical and radiological contamination at Vallejo, CA. Wow, look at this list of radiological sites in California (I digress for a moment). Sites and purpose description:

                U.S. Radiation Sites CA (not an exhaustive list):


                Interesting factiods:

                SNRS-1 *
                DOD/DOE Reactor
                McClellan AFB, CA
                Stationary Neutron Radiography System

                UTR Test
                DOE Reactor
                Mountain View, CA
                American Radiator & Standard Sanitary

                DOE Reactor
                Mountain View, CA

                Am. Standard Inc.
                Atoms for Peace exhibit

                Mare Island Shipyard **
                Oakland, CA

                Dismantling nuclear ships
                Shipping irradiated fuel

                And EPA stated there is no contamination at Mare Island? Really?

                Lovely, eye opener:

                Sierra Nuclear Corp.
                Industry & Science
                Scotts Valley, CA

                Interim "spent" fuel storage license
                Dry cask

                The Scotts Valley storage site above is just off Highway 17, in the mountains just above Santa Cruz, CA (and not far from the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake).

                The number of sites with DU stored there is pretty astonishing. So is the number of research reactors and DOE sites and experimental reactors.

                The site above has links for other U.S. locations.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                More on rad waste at Treasure Island, in SF Bay:


                No time to comment on this right now, but the report above comments on radiological contamination all around the SF Bay. Reports from San Diego Free Press, the SF Examiner, etc.

                This report states there has actually been contamination found at the sites listed. Contrary to the EPA report….

              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                HoTaters, the SF testing has the same problem as Fukushima and all nuke disasters, cancer clusters around nuke plants etc; they cant find enough radiation to indicate danger. A striking conclusion could be that they dont know enough about nuclear fallout danger.

                Also, that was way back in 1989 when government was corrupt, they would carry out experiments on the unsuspecting public, lie about radiation exposure to natives at bomb test sites, dump nuke waste in the ocean etc. Since that time, mankind has completely changed and is now trustworthy, caring, honest and transparent, putting truth and science before profit and chain of command

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                OK, re-reading. Tritium levels in surface water at three locations were below detectable levels.

                No radiation indicative of the activity of nuclear powered ships was found in the biological samples collected at any of the three harbors.


                "Only radionuclides of natural origins and trace amounts of Cs-137 from previous nuclear weapons testing were detected in the harbor sediment samples."

                No radiological contamination indicating the operation or maintenance of nuclear-powered warships was found in any dredge or core sediment samples.

                No tritium or gamma ray emitters was found except from natural sources in surface water or drinking water from nearby sources.

                No gamma-ray emitters, other than those occurring naturally, were found in samples of harbor algae, mussels, or sea lettuce (biological samples).

                Gamma-ray surveys of harbors did not detect any "exposure rates significantly above background levels."

                Final conclusion: nuclear powered ship activities contributed no significant sources of radiation at Hunters Point, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, or Alameda Naval Air Station. Naval operations at these locations "pose no radiological health problem to the public."

                Believable? Meh ….

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  This article states substantial amounts of radiological substances have been found at Hunter's Point. Apparently radioactive waste from other facilities was transported there, then dumped off the Farallon Islands.


                  "After a fire at Hunters Point in August 2000, the EPA hired the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to study what the fire might have done to residents of the surrounding Bayview and Hunters Point communities.

                  The agency reported that this was an “87% minority population,” with “higher than the national average rates of asthma, respiratory disease, lung cancer and diabetes.”

                  The communities were “considered vulnerable and may be more sensitive to the effects of exposure to hazardous substances.”

                  And these substances at the former Hunters Point Shipyard included “radiological elements. PCBs, mercury, lead and over 400 toxins that emit very high readings and adversely impact all life forms and that includes humans,” according to Francisco Da Costa, director of Environmental Justice Advocacy, in the April 7, 2010 edition of SF Bayview newspaper.

                  Yet the agency only recommended that the communities should be notified when toxins in the air were higher that usual, so they could leave their homes."

                  RE: EPA recommendations, didn't happen, probably never will.

                  So much for Club Nuclear hubris….

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    As Rancho Seco ("Rancho Stinko") nuclear power plant's Safe Stor program approaches the 30 year mark, and NRC re-licensing permitting slated for 2019…. The plant had an abysmal safety record. Shut them down NOW.

    Rancho Seco Near-Disaster Covered Up by Utility

    On December 26th, 1985 at 4:17 A.M., the Rancho Seco reactor located southeast of Sacramento came extremely close to a meltdown. The reactor with a hundred accidents under its belt (twice the average for reactors its age) and three of the most serious cooldowns in the industry has created a political and economic crisis for the Sacramento Municipal Utility Commission (SMUD) that may lead to the permanent shutdown of the reactor or even bankruptcy of the utility. It has been shutdown since the accident, and only has a 40% chance of coming back on line by June 1987. The accident did not come to the public's attention until after the Chernobyl disaster. What's most chilling however, is the fact that the public never learned just how serious the accident was. (cont.)

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      "Workers were dispatched to various parts of the facility in attempts to head off a loss of coolant accident (LOCA). LOCA's are the dreaded scenario almost sure to lead to a meltdown. Two of the workers were contaminated in their attempt to reach critical valves.

      Operators were successful at stopping the LOCA but did not have accurate procedures for maintaining control of the reactor from outside the control room. As a result, the reactor vessel cooled down to quickly. When this occurs, the 8 inch thick walls of the reactor may shatter, crack or become embrittled reducing the usable lifetime for the unit. During the accident the following serious events occurred:
      At 4:52 AM, at the height of the crisis, a back-up shift operator collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital. The shift was at a bare minimum level before his collapse.
      Attempts to call for help were useless because the switch-board operator on duty did not have the phone numbers of the next shift.
      No alarm was sounded within the facility, so the Rad/Chem team did not do monitoring for contamination during the most crucial stages of the accident. Contaminated areas were not cordoned off, resulting in the dosing of an unaware security guard." (cont.)

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        "Required updates of the accident to state emergency officials weren't done, nor were they given correct details of the accident to allow proper emergency response preparations.
        The alarm system in the control room was so loud that operators could not hear themselves talk, increasing the tension during the crisis. The alarms were shut off but not properly reset to warn of further problems.
        There was radioactive contamination of the Auxiliary Building and releases of radiation offsite. The utility estimated that 33 curies of noble gases were released to the environment. The 30 curies of Xenon that were released, rapidly turn into radioactive Iodine. The NRC and SMUD claimed this amount would not do damage to the environment.
        The stack radiation monitors at the complex that were set at 60,000 counts per minute (CPM) were tripped at 5:05 AM, setting off state emergency alarms in Sacramento (the 60,000 CPM level is 7,500 times higher than normal background radiation). The monitor levels were supposed to be set at 20,000 CPM rather than at 60,000 CPM. Another of the monitors had run out of ink, making it impossible to get accurate release readings. The true level of offsite radiation releases is clearly in question." (cont.)

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Damage included destruction of a large make-up pump that burned at the start of the incident. Core Assemblies in the reactor were also lifted from their normal positions. The investigations showed that there was no seriouis damage to the reactor core.
          During the remote manipulation of the valves, one valve was stuck in the open position and unable to be closed. Another valve was turned off by one operator, but broken back into the open position when another operator by, thinking the valve still open. Operators were later given training in proper operation of valves. Another pump that was part of the reason for the rapid cooldown was completely forgotten to be turned off.
          No log was kept during the accident because the operators were too busy trying to deal with the accident. Operator coments registered with the NRC called SMUD training "terrible" and complained of complacent management. Quizzing of operators showed extensive weaknesses in a variety of procedures for running the reactor. "

          Managers were secretly paid huge bonuses, rate payers saw rate increases of several hundred percent, the Board stifled whisteblowers, one manager stated it was like "running the Keystone cops." Plant managers lied to the NRC and hid safety issues. It can't get much worse than this. And this was a public utility, run by the City of Sacramento, California. Sheesh.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            This following should be in quotes, as it's not my verbiage. Note there was "serious damage to the reactor core" (information hidden from the public).

            "Damage included destruction of a large make-up pump that burned at the start of the incident. Core Assemblies in the reactor were also lifted from their normal positions. The investigations showed that there was no serious damage to the reactor core.
            During the remote manipulation of the valves, one valve was stuck in the open position and unable to be closed. Another valve was turned off by one operator, but broken back into the open position when another operator by, thinking the valve still open. Operators were later given training in proper operation of valves. Another pump that was part of the reason for the rapid cooldown was completely forgotten to be turned off.
            No log was kept during the accident because the operators were too busy trying to deal with the accident. Operator coments registered with the NRC called SMUD training "terrible" and complained of complacent management. Quizzing of operators showed extensive weaknesses in a variety of procedures for running the reactor. "

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Weren't valves at Fukushima stuck in the open position, leading to the meltdown of at least one of the cores?

              Maybe it's time to revisit the Rancho Seco accident, and make this information known more widely to the public. These plant operators shouldn't be allowed to let this kind of thing happen, and hide it from public view. If most people knew how seriously awful nuclear plant safety really is, they'd likely pressure plant operators and the NRC to shut them all down.

              The waste storage situation is abysmally awful, too.

              Seeing how all of this is managed is a valuable study in politics and human shortcomings, i.e.; how did we get here, and why aren't we planning for the future.

              Potential extinction level failure to manage and failure to plan. But if your efforts are aimed at decimating the enemy at any cost, creating cash cows for youself and your buddies, and devil-may-care, I'm justified to blow their friggin' brains out 'cause I'm in the right, then go figure.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                This is what happens when you create a culture where sociopaths can call the shots. The military and its related ventures have apparently created a culture where sociopaths can thrive.

                • HoTaters HoTaters



                  noun, Psychiatry.
                  1. a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.


                • HoTaters HoTaters


                  1. a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.


        • HoTaters HoTaters

          " The 30 curies of Xenon that were released, rapidly turn into radioactive Iodine. The NRC and SMUD claimed this amount would not do damage to the environment."

          Note the weasel wording.

          No mention of the damage possibly done to humans or living things, just "the environment." The way the sentence was worded almost sounded like it referred to a non-living environment, not a biosphere with humans and other creatures in it

          The main part of the report states radioactive iodine was found in cow's milk near the plant at least once.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      It should also be reiterated the plant came dangerously close to a meltdown, which was hidden from the public. And there were repeated discharges of radioactive gases into the air. Billions of gallons of contaminated water were released into nearby creeks and the Mokelumne and Cosumnes watersheds. At least 10,000 gallons of highly contaminated water was released "offsite" into a nearby creek.

      I'd be curious to know what kind of cancer clusters have occurred nearby.

      We know residents of nearby Elk Grove who claim they are selling their homes and leaving because of radioactive plumes coming from the Safestor area. The rumor here is the plant repeatedly off-gases radioactive plumes, and they are sometimes detected in Elk Grove and south Sacramento. I'm unable to verify these reports. But I stay away as much as possible.

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

    N. Korea’s posturing raises question: Is Iowa prepared for a nuclear strike?

    Single bomb from North Korea could cause ‘more damage than Hiroshima'
    A NUCLEAR missile from Kim Jong-un’s terrifying arsenal could cause more damage than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, its mayor has claimed.

  • Checkmate

    North Korea couldn't hit the broadside of a barn door. The whole story is one great big lie- put out by war-mongering Generals and the 1%. Just like the story of Iraq. All BULL!!!

    Does anyone remember a few months ago there was talk of a so-called limited nuclear war? Well, guess what…those idiots in Congress believe these nutty Generals. And you wonder why this country is screwed-up.

    All the countries aren't stupid (China or Russia), they know that any kind of a nuclear war is the end. The kid over in North Korea is just blowing smoke…huffing and puffing…trying to look important.

    Now look at the E.U. believing all the BULL about Russia trying to expand. What another piece of S&%T!!!
    In my studies I have determined only 20% of the global population is intelligent: 10% are honest and tell the truth, the other 10% are massive liars and scum. The rest which is the other 80% are so incredibly stupid and believe the LIARS.
    Common Sense is a rarity on Earth today. Don't even believe half of what you see.

    • And now the latest total rumor is they've supposedly somehow miniaturized a warhead to go on to their junk rockets too???

      What a complete load…..

      North Korea couldn't kick their own asses…

      Our news sources are now like a bad episode of Jerry Springer…

      10 minuets of commercials followed by 1 minuet of new rumors and then 5 minuets on the latest techniques of how to properly brush your cat, followed by 5 more minuets of commercials…

      Is North Korea any kind of real threat to the US? Please…

      What is that total crap being broadcast distracting us from?

      What did they not report because they just didn't have the air time??

  • freebywill


    "At 2235 [EDT] [ on 08/05/2017 ] Nine Mile Point Unit 2 experienced an automatic scram on high reactor pressure.

    Turbine stop valve testing was in progress at the time of the scram.

    All control rods inserted.

    Pressure control is via the turbine bypass valves.

    The cause of the scram is being investigated.

    "This is a 4-Hour report for 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) RPS [Reactor Protection System] Actuation.

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

    [ So while testing one thing the unit shutdown unexpectedly and no one knows why because they're 'experts' don'cha know. ]

  • freebywill


    "On August 4, 2017, at 1511 EDT, Unit 1 Secondary Containment was declared inoperable due to a small (i.e., approximately 0.75 inch diameter) hole in Service Water system piping which was found during ultrasonic testing activities.

    The affected portion of piping penetrates Secondary Containment and flow in the piping creates a vacuum condition; thus bypassing Secondary Containment.

    The identified hole is being evaluated with respect to its impact on operability of the Service Water system.

    "This condition is being reported in accordance with 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.

    "This event did not result in any adverse impact to the health and safety of the public.

    "Initial Safety Significance Evaluation: The initial safety significance of this event is minimal.

    At the time of discovery, Unit 1 was at 100% steady state conditions. Reactor Building Ventilation was in service in a normal alignment.

    No abnormal radioactivity conditions existed within Secondary Containment.

    • freebywill

      "Corrective Actions: Temporary repair of the affected Unit 1 Service Water piping has been completed.

      This repair was evaluated by Engineering and it has been determined that the repair meets the requirements to maintain Secondary Containment operable.

      Unit 1 Secondary Containment operability was restored at 1704 EDT on August 4, 2017."

      The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

      [ The daily power reports show that they never lowered power even after finding a 3/4" hole in a pipe which they had to find by ultrasound cause no one could see it. ( nuclear workers visual resolution only allows them to see a 1" or greater hole ) ]

  • freebywill

    Other things going on by looking at the daily power reports:

    Limerick 2 (PA) lowered power to 68 % Sunday and reports 70 % today – no explanation on reason for reduction.

    Watts Bar 2 (TN) @ 40 % – still struggling to recover from the condenser repairs that had the unit offline for 130 days.

    Quad Cities 2 (IL) @ 0 % – no event notice, reason for shutdown unknown atm.

    Comanche Peak 2 (TX) @ 0 % – CP2 begins its 9th week shutdown.

  • freebywill


    "On August 8th, 2017 at 2044 hrs. [EDT] a loss of secondary containment differential pressure (D/P) occurred due to an apparent equipment failure. This caused a reduction in Reactor Building Zone II (Unit 2) D/P to less than the required 0.25 inch WC [water column] per SR [Surveillance Requirement]

    "Reactor Building Zone II Exhaust Fans were manually swapped and Reactor Building Zone II D/P was restored to greater than 0.25 inch WC by 2112 hrs.

    "Reactor Building Zone 1 (Unit 1) and Zone 3 (Units 1&2) ventilation remained in service and stable.

    "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.

    • Susquehanna is just another ticking time bomb…

      10 CFR Section:
      50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) – POT UNCNTRL RAD REL

      Potential uncontrolled radiation release????????

      From a Mark II containment building?

      These things were built in the 80's and should by law be shut down…

      That was the agreement when building them…

      …Now it's put a bandaid on it and keep it running.

      It's a criminal enterprise that must be stopped ASAP…

      And for anyone that doesn't think this is punishable by law just look up willful child endangerment in the criminal code

      Unit 2 is not the only problem encountered there this year…

      We've also seen a problem with #1 in May of this year when the reactor automatically shut down and no one seemed to know why…

      And let's not forget:

      Roughly 10,000 gallons of radioactive water spilled at the Station's Unit 1 turbine building after a gasket failed in the filtering system in 1985

      And they (whoever they are) have given another 20 year extinction to these reactors???

      And here is a somewhat humorous link from

      One has to hope the plants are more reliable than this website…

      …or we may all go 404.

  • freebywill


    "On August 8, 2017, at 1554 hours [EDT], during restoration from testing of the High Pressure Core Spray (HPCS) Suppression Pool Level High Instrumentation, unexpected as-left indications were found that impacted both of the required channels of instrumentation.

    Subsequent venting of the instrumentation lines was completed and both channels of instrumentation are reading consistent with previously taken as-found data.

    The instrumentation was declared OPERABLE at 1635.

    The initial cause of the unexpected as-left indications appears to be the introduction of air into the instrumentation lines during the calibration activities. [ human error ]

    "This is considered a loss of safety function based on both of the HPCS Suppression Pool Level High Instrumentation channels being declared INOPERABLE and the loss of the automatic HPCS suction swap to the Suppression Pool on a high level.

    This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D).

    The [NRC Resident Inspector] has been notified."

  • freebywill


    [ extracts ]

    IROFS54a [Items Relied On For Safety] and IROFS54b are administrative criticality controls for the SCDT [Small Component Decontamination Train] and limit the amount of U-235 to less than 730g.

    The material was put into the SCDT without using bookkeeping procedures which could have potentially led to a criticality in the SCDT.

    "Last week material from the pH adjustment tanks on the LECTS [Liquid Effluent Collection and Transfer System] slab tanks was moved into the SCDT without the use of administrative criticality control IROFS54a and 54b.

    During a work package review yesterday (8/3/2017) the transfer into the SCDT was questioned by the lSA engineering group.

    Material was approximately 250ml of waste water and 12L of NaOH solution in a 5 gallon bottle. Conservative estimate of the total amount of U-235 in the Slab Tanks at the time the 250ml of waste water was removed was less than 600 g U-235.

    "The amount of material transferred into the SCDT was below subcritical mass limits therefore UUSA [URENCO USA] could not enter into a condition in which 10 CFR 70.61 performance requirements would not have been met.

  • freebywill

    Nuclear Boondoggle! V.C. Summer DOA but SC Ratepayers Stuck w/the Bill: Beyond Nuclear’s Paul Gunter, NH #320

    This Week’s Featured Interviews:

    Paul Gunter, Director, Reactor Oversight Project for Beyond Nuclear, gets into the complexities of what the abandonment of the V.C. Summer two-reactor build in South Carolina means. For SC ratepayers, the news is not good!

    Terrie Barrie is a worker advocate with Cold War Patriots and part of the Alliance of Nuclear Workers Advocacy Groups (ANWAG). She explains how recent whistleblower accusations about intentional Department of Labor obstruction to delay payment to radiation-exposed workers workers have led to action. gain compensation under the too-complex Energy Employees Claimant Assistance Projects (EECAP).

    Hiroshima Remembrance links:



  • freebywill


    "On 8/9/17, a Unit 1 containment entry was made in order to investigate increased Reactor Coolant System (RCS) unidentified leakage.

    The team noted a through-wall leak from the tubing/socket weld area of 'C' Hot Leg Sample Valve.

    The sample valve and RCS pressure boundary were declared inoperable, and a 6-hour action statement to place Unit 1 in Hot Shutdown was entered at 1338 [EDT] hours as required by Technical Specification 3.1.C.3.

    "At 1606 [EDT] hours on 8/9/17, Unit 1 shutdown was commenced, and at 1637 [EDT], Unit 1 was at Hot Shutdown.

    This report is being submitted pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(i) as a result of power reduction required by Technical Specifications.

    Further, this report is being submitted pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) for any event or condition that results in the condition of the nuclear power plant, including its principle safety barriers, being seriously degraded.

    "The NRC Resident [Inspector] has been notified of this event and is on site. [ Remember this statement. ]

    "There was no radiation release associated with this event, nor were there any personnel injuries or contamination events."

    [ Notice no info on how much water leaked out. Most likely the leaked fluid has been moved to a storage tank. ]

  • freebywill

    New Generation Nuclear Reactors Unlikely to Deliver on Design

    By Paul Brown

    New generation nuclear reactors, promised for the last 18 years by the U.S. Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) as a way to provide cheap and plentiful supplies of electricity, are unlikely to be fulfilled any time in the next 30 years.

    That is the conclusion of university researchers who have used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the program's budget history to find out what designs the government has spent $2 billion of public money on supporting.

    Researchers from the University of California San Diego and Carnegie Mellon University described the research program as "incoherent" and said the government was "unlikely" to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor by mid-century.

    The study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, said much of the money that was supposed to be spent on civilian reactors was spent instead on supporting infrastructure, where the main focus was defense programs and not commercial opportunities.

    The gov't is

    A) Corrupt
    B) Incompetent
    C) Both

    • "promised for the last 18 years by the U.S. Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) as a way to provide cheap and plentiful supplies of electricity"

      Cheap? Plentiful?? Really???

      How about the almost 6 billion dollars already spent on just one site in South Carolina alone And yep that's billions with a "B" to produce NOTHING but a bigger bank account…

      These sites (see photo below) will NEVER produce enough electricity to light a led light bulb…

      Just figure that total waste of rate payers money into the cost of electricity!!!!

      Ridiculous isn't it…

      Clean? Green?? Cheap???

      Total lies and they already got paid to do nothing…

      One thing does stand out though…

      The statement:

      "said Santee Cooper CEO Lonnie Carter. "If you really believe we need to reduce carbon, this was the way to do it."

      How could this be a true statement? Ohhhhhh Santee Cooper CEO Lonnie Carter must have meant by running bulldozers and cement trucks for no reason what so ever we will save on carbon?

      Gotta read this one…

      There's the smoking gun that cost billions for absolutely NOTHING!!!!

      It's time to say NO MONEY UNTIL THE JOB IS DONE!!!!

      • If these plants are really a good idea and produce power cheaply and efficiently let private investors pay for construction and reap these great (fictitious) profits.

        But no one with a brain or a portfolio would ever invest in that madness…

        That's the free enterprise world of inherent checks and balances.

        Using someone else's money and getting paid upfront to never complete the project is a criminal enterprise and should be treated as such…

        Duh Huh…

        Earnest Electroman:

  • Natural Potassium and nuclear fallout / waste products:

    Any body out there that thinks potassium can be compared (on any level) to man made nuclear isotopes should hit the reset button on their computer and their brain NOW…

    This is a totally false subject and one many pro nuke shills have used to confuse and distract…

    There is no count it 0 (zero) toxic effects from potassium in normal health people…

    People with kidney disease do have a concern with potassium levels as their bodies don't process and excrete it (potassium) properly…

    Nothing to do with intake and you can eat all the natural potassium you want without toxic effect as it is naturally controlled and used and excreted by your body…

    Beware of ANYONE that says potassium or k-40 can be compared to nuclear waste.

    A solid provable lie that has been shown to be a false comparison by legitimate researchers time and time again…

    So if you read a comment that compares a natural nutrient to the most man made deadly nuclear waste on the planet…

    You should know it's either a total lack of knowledge and/or any education or qualification to even be discussing nuclear in any form, on any related subjects. Or it's a false information spreader with a nefarious agenda intended to distract and confuse…

    Potassium and nuclear have nothing in common in reality and we live in the real world, not the fake world of "I saw it on the internet".

  • freebywill


    A non licensed supervisor confirmed positive for alcohol during a fitness for duty test. The employee's access has been terminated.

    The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • freebywill


    "I'm calling under Technical Specification to report a potential Technical Specification violation.

    The relevant Technical Specifications are 3.2.2 and 3.2.3, specifically related to a non-operational power monitoring channel.

    Because this channel was inoperable at low powers, the source interlock was not capable of performing its intended function.

    Potential violations occurred an August 1st, 3rd, and 4th.

    The condition was identified on August 9th."

    The licensee notified the NRC Project Manager (Wertz).

    [ This is a Test/Research reactor. ]

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Reactor activities for Friday Aug 11, 2017 via Reactor Status reports.

    Nine Mile Point 2 (NY) is back to 100 % after Saturdays scram.

    Peach Bottom 2 (PA) has been at 98 % all week, no EN posted but it may be from LIMITED TO 25 MVAR DUE TO TURBINE VIBRATION which has been going on since Sept of 2015. In Dec of 2015 they reported 100 MVAR RESTRICTION DUE TO TURBINE BEARING VIBRATIONS. So it seems to be getting worse.


    Watts Bar 2 (TN) @ 100 % after being down for over 130 days due to condenser damage caused when supports failed. Just in time to help with tritium production for nuclear weapons making.

    Quad Cities 2 (IL) @ 0 % still no EN detailing reason.

    Comanche Peak 2 (TX) @ 2 % recovering from 66 days offline for main generator repairs.

    [ Will be posting the 2017 fall refueling schedule Sunday. ]

  • freebywill

    2017 Fall Refueling Schedule 19 units scheduled, this should be stable

    09/09/17 North Anna 2
    09/10/17 McGuire 1
    09/13/17 DC Cook 1
    09/17/17 Vogtle 2
    09/18/17 Three Mile Island 1
    10/01/17 Palo Verde 1
    10/02/17 Turkey Point 4
    10/02/17 Byron 1
    10/07/17 Point Beach 1
    10/07/17 Callaway 1
    10/08/17 Millstone 3
    10/08/17 Comanche Peak 1
    10/13/17 Salem 1
    10/14/17 Watts Bar 2
    10/14/17 Prairie Island 2
    10/15/17 Farley 2
    10/23/17 Peach Bottom 3
    10/28/17 Oconee 2
    11/02/17 Dresden 2

  • freebywill

    giggles – Evidence suggesting LNT was fabricated as a purposeful effort to hamstring nuclear technology development

    August 8, 2017 By Rod Adams 47 Comments

    The effort expended to protect people from exposure to ionizing radiation is perhaps the single biggest driver of cost and schedule challenges associated with the design, licensing, construction, operation, maintenance and security posture of nuclear power plants. The high cost of the effort is driven by the demand for nearly perfect protection from all radiation.

    Recently, I attended a presentation given by one of the world’s leading nuclear safety experts gave a presentation. One of his slides was a graph to be used in a safety analysis decision process. The bottom axis of the graph was estimated radiation dose in units of rem. An audience member asked whether the numbers were for acute doses or doses spread out over time – hour, day, month, year or lifetime.

    The nuclear safety expert – who is nearing the end of a long and distinguished career in positions of direct responsibility for nuclear safety or advice to those with regulatory responsibility – could not answer the question. It seemed as if he really wanted to ask the questioner why it mattered.

    [ weasel words – didn't name the ' nuclear saftey expert ' or the name/place of the presentation, no link to any presentation…

  • freebywill


    "At 1124 CDT on 11 August 2017, CPNPP [Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant] Unit 2 experienced an automatic turbine trip and trip of both main feedwater pumps on high steam generator water level (P-14, 81.5 percent level) in steam generator 2-02.

    Following the turbine trip, the auxiliary feedwater system actuated as required.

    The plant was stabilized at 2-3 percent reactor power with auxiliary feedwater feeding all steam generators with all levels within their normal bands.

    "The cause of the high steam generator level appears to be a mechanical malfunction of steam generator 2-02 flow control valve bypass valve 2-LV-2163 (SG 2-02 FW BYP CTRL VLV) to close when demanded.

    Troubleshooting and repair of 2-LV-2163 is in progress.

    "This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) for an actuation of auxiliary feedwater.

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

  • freebywill


    "On August 14th, 2017 at 2257 [EDT], while shutting down the Annulus Exhaust Gas Treatment System (AEGTS) Train B, secondary containment pressure momentarily lowered.

    This resulted in the Technical Specification (TS) for Secondary Containment to not be met for 15 seconds.

    The minimum Secondary Containment vacuum observed during that time was 0.52 inch of vacuum water gauge.

    "Secondary Containment pressure was returned to within the TS operability limit of 0.66 inch of vacuum water gauge (TS SR by the AEGTS Train A that remained in operation.

    There were no radiological releases associated with this event.

    "Declaring Secondary Containment inoperable is reportable under [10 CFR] 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) & (D) for an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function of a system that is needed to:(C) Control the release of radioactive material; or (D) Mitigate the consequences of an accident.

    "The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

  • freebywill


    On August 15, 2017 at 0748 EDT, an Unusual Event was declared at Millstone Unit 2 due to a fire alarm indication in containment that was unable to be verified extinguished within 15 minutes.

    Current containment parameters do not indicate an actual fire.

    A containment entry is planned to verify that there is no fire.

    Unit 2 continues at 100% power.

    Unit 3 was unaffected.

    The NRC remains in Normal mode.

    The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and State and local government agencies.

    Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, DHS NICC. Notified FEMA National Watch and Nuclear SSA via E-mail.


    At 0951 EDT, the Unusual Event was terminated.

    No signs of an actual fire were present upon containment entry.

    All alarms are cleared and they are investigating the cause of the alarm.

    The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and State and local government agencies.

    Notified R1DO (Gray), NRR EO (Miller), and IRD (Gott). Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, DHS NICC. Notified FEMA National Watch and Nuclear SSA via E-mail.

  • freebywill


    "On 8/16/2017, at 1039 [EDT], an un-planned trip of the Peach Bottom Station Blackout Transformer 34.5 kV feeder breaker 1005 and a loss of the 191-00 line occurred causing a loss of power to Unit 1 and the TSC.

    Power was not restored to the TSC or the ventilation system within 1 hour.

    Power was subsequently restored to the TSC at 1207 hours [EDT] and the ventilation system was restored to available.

    "This report is being submitted pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as a Major Loss of Emergency Preparedness Capabilities due to a reduction in the effectiveness of the Onsite Technical Support Center (TSC).

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed of this notification."

    [ something wrong with this report 'causing a loss of power to Unit 1 and the TSC' – power was restored to TSC but no mention of restoring power to unit 1. Peach Bottom Unit 1 was an experimental helium-cooled, graphite-moderated reactor. It operated from 1966 to 1974. ]

  • freebywill

    Trump’s N. Korea WARGASM! Will It Come? A Different Perspective w/Space4Peace’s Bruce Gagon & Bo Jacobs in Hiroshima – NH #321

    This Week’s Featured Interviews – North Korea Close-up:

    Bruce Gagnon is the secretary/coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. He provides the history of US/N. Korea relations, a context for understanding what the countries are threatening, Donald Trump’s misplaced bellicosity, and the likelihood that Kim Jong Un will drop a nuke on Guam (SPOILER ALERT: Not very likely.)

    Bo Jacobs, a Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University, is a historian of nuclear technologies and radiation techno-politics. He fills us in on how people in Japan are REALLY responding to threats of a missile strike on their country by North Korea. (SPOILER ALERT: Not very.)

    [ Two very informative interviews. ]

  • freebywill


    In the early going, your goal is to prevent exposures of over 100 RADS. A radiation dosimeter will be useful to gauge radiation levels and is widely available for purchase. This item will give you an idea of your likelihood of developing radiation sickness.

    1) Limit the time unprotected.
    2) Increase the distance from the radiation.
    3) Provide a barrier.

    [ info on diff thickness of barrier materials ]


    Remove contaminated clothing and

  • freebywill

    US_NPS South Texas 1;2 (TX) @ 100;100 % NON WORK RELATED ONSITE FATALITY

    "At 1315 Central Daylight Time (CDT) on 8/17/2017, the South Texas Project Unit 1 Control Room was notified that a contract employee had experienced a non-work-related medical emergency within the Protected Area.

    The individual was transported to Matagorda Regional Medical Center in Bay City, TX.

    At 1442 CDT, the Unit 1 Control Room was notified that the patient was declared deceased.

    "The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be notified.

    This notification is being made under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) as an event for which another government agency is being notified.

    The deceased individual was not radioactively contaminated.

    "The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified."

  • freebywill


    "On August 17, 2017, at 1205 […] (EDT), the Watts Bar […] lost power to the 1B-B 6.9kV Shutdown Board.

    […[ resulted in an automatic start of the Unit 1 Turbine Driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pump (TDAFWP).

    The motor driven AFW pumps did not start and were not expected to start for this event.

    No other system actuations occurred as a result of loss of power to the 1B-B 6.9kV Shutdown Board.

    Power to the 1B-B Shutdown Board was restored at 1505 EDT on August 17, 2017.

    "During the loss of power to the 1B-B Shutdown Board, a reduction in containment and control rod drive mechanism cooling occurred.

    At 1233 EDT, lower containment average temperature exceeded the procedural limitations specified, […].

    Lower containment average temperature was restored to within limits at 1525 EDT on August 17, 2017.

    This is reportable as a potential loss of safety function.

    "Other than several common Unit Technical Specifications having not been met, Unit 2 was not operationally impacted by the loss of power to the 1B-B Shutdown Board and remains in Mode 1 at 100% power.

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

    The loss of power occurred during restoration from Emergency Diesel Generator maintenance. [ human error ]

  • freebywill



    "On August 12, 2017, Energy Northwest completed a 10 CFR 21 evaluation of […] GE Nuclear HMA124A2 relays supplied by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, LLC, and intended for use at Columbia Generating Station.

    The evaluation was performed to determine the applications where the relays were approved for installation, and where they were installed in the plant, and to determine if the failure of the relays could result in a Substantial Safety Hazard as defined In 10 CFR 21.3.

    "Two of the HMA124A2 relays received had back plates that were mounted upside down, causing the terminals to not match the standard configuration. Although the internal wiring to the physical stud locations was correct, the numbering scheme embossed on the back plate did not match the correct configuration.

    With the incorrectly mounted back plate, the internal coil of the energizing circuit could be wired to the incorrect portion of the control circuitry, which would not energize when required and could result in the failure of a safety function.

    [ The defective parts were reworked on site, tested and installed ]

  • Checkmate

    Whether you are Republican or Democrat…find out the real truth and your position in the world today!!! You have no country!!!

  • Checkmate

    Especially read this on the link below: TREASON OF PUBLIC SERVANTS then copy it and give it to the local police, judges, etc. Carry in the car and give to the police if you are stopped. Please read this, sir.

    Then give it to all the protesters that gather on both sides of the fence. What do you think would have happen if these leaf-lets were handed out in Virginia before they confronted each other????

    Feel like a Fool, yet…

    • PlowboyGrownUp

      That explains a lot. I've known for quite some time that I don't own the house I paid for, the county/state owns it. And they will get their on-going-never-paid-up tax(rent) or they will get the house. 🙁 All by law of course.

    • DUDe DUDe

      Sell Debt..then have them pay with land and resources..then abuse it futher..untill you own it all..

      The Rothschilds Are Stealing the World, Country by Country

      "Hunt told Moneychanger magazine that the World Conservation Bank was designed as a world central bank to steal more land while claiming it was being done to reduce debt and ‘help the environment’."

      "The scam was to transfer the debts from the Third World countries to the World Conservation Bank and, in return, those countries would hand over land. Any other organization that took over the WCB would inherit ownership of vast tracts of the Earth."


      And when they have it all one way or the other..everybody will be no more then a dislocated palestinian locked in Gaza..or a pygmee in/off their anchestors land like "owned"

      Benjamin de Rothschild is Forcing Native Pygmies Off Their Own Land So the Elite Can Slaughter Elephants

      Breaking: Cameroon’s Pygmies Tortured and Expelled to Build Rothschilds Elephant Hunting Zoo

  • Here's one that goes with ANY nuclear decision and most any others for that matter…

    Who is it again creating these violent and unproductive decisions on any level????

    It's us!!!

    And a eclipse occurs somewhere on earth every 18 years, what about education?

    Case by case basis and ain't that what the true agents say? Oh hold on, I think I heard me one of them silent alarms…

    Big Trouble Trailer:

    The disconnect with all things real… that real?, fighting over a statue that has never moved or hurt anyone? And now how many people are hurt?

    It's them or us? It's republicans or democrats?

    It's the right or wrong thing to do?

    We should be doing stuff like this!!!!!

    But we are what????

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Columbia 2 (WA) @ 0 % No EN – reports shutdown as of this am, reason unk atm

  • freebywill

    Navy Families Sue Fukushima Operators for Wrongful Death

    BIANCA BRUNO August 22, 2017

    SAN DIEGO (CN) — Families of five Navy service members who died after responding to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown have sued Tokyo Electric Power Co., blaming the deaths on radiation illnesses contracted from the March 2011 disaster.

    The families wish to join a lawsuit from 152 other members or survivors of members of the 7th Fleet who performed humanitarian response from March 11, 2011 until March 14, when the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier was moved away from Fukushima due to detection of nuclear radiation in the air and on helicopters returning to the ship.

    The new plaintiffs want to join in the third amended complaint Cooper, et al. v. TEPCO, et al., originally filed in the same court in 2012. They say it is only recently that they discovered the extent of the injuries, real and/or expected, due to exposure to radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

    They say General Electric designed defective the [sic] GE Boiling Water Reactors at Fukushima, which was run by TEPCO, Japan’s largest electric utility.

    [ much more at the link ]

  • Susquehanna is just another ticking time bomb…

    10 CFR Section:
    50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) – POT UNCNTRL RAD REL

    Potential uncontrolled radiation release????????

    From a Mark II containment building?

    These things were built in the 80's and should by law be shut down…

    That was the agreement when building them…

    …Now it's put a bandaid on it and keep it running.

    It's a criminal enterprise that must be stopped ASAP…

    And for anyone that doesn't think this is punishable by law just look up willful child endangerment in the criminal code

    Unit 2 is not the only problem encountered there this year…

    We've also seen a problem with #1 in May of this year when the reactor automatically shut down and no one seemed to know why…

    And let's not forget:

    Roughly 10,000 gallons of radioactive water spilled at the Station's Unit 1 turbine building after a gasket failed in the filtering system in 1985

    And they (whoever they are) have given another 20 year extinction to these reactors???

    And here is a somewhat humorous link from

    One has to hope the plants are more reliable than this website…

    …or we may all go 404.

    John Mayer – Wait Until Tomorrow (HD):

  • freebywill

    Plutonium & Epilepsy? Rocky Flats Health SPOTLIGHT: Downwinders Tiffany Hansen & Dani Ball + Kristen Iversen NH #322

    Kristen Iversen, author of the superb book Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, explains the Preliminary Results of the Rocky Flats Health Survey, which is meant to determine what has happened to the health of those who lived and worked in proximity with that nuclear weapons production site near Denver and Boulder, Colorado.

    Tiffany Hansen, M.A., is co-founder of Rocky Flats Downwinders, a community activist group that focuses on dangers faced by local residents.

    Dani Ball is a nurse who grew up near Rocky Flats and has epilepsy, just recently connected with Rocky Flats Downwinders and brought a body of knowledge to their attention that is exploding out the possibility of a link between epilepsy and exposure to ionizing radiation.

    [ In their own words, listen as people who've lived for years with medical issues, suddenly discover a possible link to nuclear activity in yet another gov't mess at Rocky Flats. ]

    [ links to more info found at Nuclear Hotseat ]

  • freebywill


    "At approximately 0340 CDT on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station was notified by the Entergy System Dispatcher that the NRC had called them and told them that the NRC could not contact Grand Gulf on the Emergency Notification System (ENS) line nor commercial telephone. Control Room personnel immediately tested several offsite lines including the NRC ENS line and found the lines were non-functional.

    "Offsite prompt Public Warning Sirens were available at all times. State and Local notification capability was available via UHF radio communication. GGN Emergency Response Organization notification capability was available at all times via satellite phone activation of group paging. GGN site Emergency Response Facility intercommunications were available at all times via site internal telephones. In-plant and offsite team communications were available at all times via UHF radio.

    "This event is being reported (8-hour notification) as an event or condition that adversely impacted offsite communications in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii), specifically the loss of the NRC Emergency Notification System (ENS).

    "The phone company has been contacted and actions are being taken to restore normal communications capability at this time.

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified…

  • freebywill

    US nuclear might rests on civil reactors

    August 23, 2017, by Paul Brown

    American experts say that US nuclear might depends crucially on the civilian use of atomic energy, and believe the country will lose its place as the world’s nuclear superpower if it does not support its nuclear industry.

    The link between the civil nuclear industry and the military’s ability to maintain its nuclear weapons capability is spelt out in a report by experts close to the Pentagon.

    It states openly that tritium, an essential component of nuclear weapons, is manufactured in civilian reactors for military use. It also says that civilian reactors are needed to produce highly enriched uranium.

    The Washington-based Energy Futures Initiative report, says that Russia and China, which are both building civil nuclear stations outside their national borders, will overtake America both in influence and ability to deliver a nuclear threat unless steps are taken to prop up the civil nuclear programme at home.

    [ In the US tritium is produced at Watts Bar. It sure has taken the 'expert' a long time to realize something we already knew. ]

    “The nuclear weapons stockpile requires a constant source of tritium (half life about 12.5 years), provided by irradiating special fuel rods in one or two commercial power reactors.

  • freebywill

    How DOE Incentivized Executives at Hanford To Sweep a Plutonium Leak Under The Rug (Pt. 4)

    by Josh Cunnings on December 24, 2016

    (EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Editor’s Note: The following news piece represents the forth in a 15-part mini-series titled, Nuclear Power in Our World Today, featuring nuclear authority, engineer and whistleblower Arnie Gundersen. The EnviroNews USA special encompasses a wide span of topics, ranging from Manhattan-era madness to the continuously-unfolding crisis on the ground at Fukushima Daiichi in eastern Japan. The transcript is as follows:

  • freebywill


    "On August 20, 2017 at 1605 PDT, Columbia Generating Station was manually scrammed from 100 percent power due to a rise of Main Condenser back pressure. Manual scram of the unit is procedurally required upon a loss of Main Condenser back pressure. Preliminary investigations indicate that the Main Condenser air removal suction valve (AR-V-1) closed, resulting in the Condenser back pressure rising to within 1.0 inch Hg of the setpoint with reactor power greater than 25 percent. Further investigations continue. All control rods fully inserted.

    "In addition to the closure of the air removal suction valve, one of two Reactor Feedwater startup flow control valves did not adequately operate to control Reactor vessel level and resulted in a high-level (Level-8) actuation tripping the Reactor Feedwater System. All other systems operated as expected. Reactor water level is currently being controlled manually with the start-up level control isolation valve. AR-V-1 has been manually opened with a jumper and temporary air supply. Reactor decay heat is being removed via bypass valves to the Main Condenser.

    [ cont. ]

    • freebywill

      "This event is being reported under the following: 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), which requires a four-hour notification for any event or condition that results in actuation of the Reactor Protection System when the reactor is critical."

      The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

      The licensee plans to issue a press release.

      * * * UPDATE ON 8/24/17 AT 1937 EDT FROM MATT HUMMER TO DONG PARK * * *

      "The licensee is updating the notification to include an 8 hour notification under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) for a specified system actuation due to a Level 3 isolation signal which occurred approximately 20 minutes after the scram. The licensee is currently in cold shutdown to repair the Reactor Feedwater startup flow control valve.

      "The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

      Notified R4DO (Farnholtz).

      • freebywill

        Notice the date/time sequence for this event. The NRC was notified at 10:46 pm on the 20th but didn't post the EN until the update of the 24th was rcvd. CGS is still shutdown.

        Notification Date: 08/20/2017
        Notification Time: 22:46 [ET]

        Event Date: 08/20/2017
        Event Time: 16:05 [PDT]

        Last Update Date: 08/24/2017

        [ and finally posted to public today Aug 25 ]

  • Here's a new one to watch…

    …A humorous look at a very serious subject!!!!

    "We built the house but forgot the toilet" 🙂

    Nuclear Waste – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

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