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


    "On 09/10/17 at 1855 [EDT], [Turkey Point] Unit 4 reactor was manually tripped from 88% RTP [Rated Thermal Power] due to a failure of 4C Steam Generator main feed regulating valve causing lowering S/G [Steam Generator] level.

    All other systems operated normally.

    Auxiliary Feed Water initiated as designed to provide S/G water level control.

    EOP's [Emergency Operating Procedures] have been exited and General Operating procedures (GOP'S) were entered.

    Unit 4 is stable in Mode 3 at NOT/NOP [Normal Operating Temperature/Normal Operating Pressure]."

    The licensee is investigating the failure of the feed regulating valve. Offsite power is available.

    Decay heat is being removed via main feedwater with steam discharged to atmosphere using the ADVs [Atmospheric Dump Valves].

    There is no known primary-secondary steam generator tube leakage.

    The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

    [ Unit 4 is due for refueling beginning on Oct 02 ]

  • freebywill

    There are 12 ENs posted today, of which 8 involve power reactors
    Event Reports For 09/08/2017 – 09/11/2017

    [ non power reactor reports ]

    52955 HPCI SYSTEM INOPERABLE [Quad Cities 2]

    [ notice that 52953 has been skipped, unknown if it was skipped or is being withheld ]

  • freebywill


    "At 1151 [CDT] on September 10, 2017 Browns Ferry Units 1 and 2 declared 'B' Control Bay chiller inoperable.
    'A' Control Bay chiller was previously declared inoperable.

    This resulted in inoperability of the equipment in the U1 and U2 4kV Shutdown Board Rooms.

    The declarations of the equipment in the Shutdown Board Rooms is a loss of safely function for electrical components (4kv Shutdown Boards and 480V Shutdown Boards) required for shut down of the U1 and U2 reactors and maintaining them in a safe shutdown condition, as well as RHR capability and Accident Mitigation.

    "lnoperability of these boards also requires declaring two trains of Standby Gas Treatment inoperable resulting in a loss of safety function for Units 1, 2 and 3 for systems needed to control the release of radioactive material. […]
    'Any event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to
    (A) Shut down the reactor and maintain it in a safe shutdown condition;
    (B) Remove residual heat;
    (C) Control the release of radioactive material; or
    (D) Mitigate the consequences of an accident."

    The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

    CR 1336821 was initiated in the Browns Ferry Corrective Action Program.

    [ remnants of Irma…

  • freebywill

    Nuclear corruption – Where's the NRC ? The EPA ? – from a piece in the Free Thought Project.

    Sheriff Forced to Pay Own Money for Sending SWAT Team After Cop Who Criticized Him
    " Parish President Gordon Dove "
    " dumping radioactive waste in eastern Montana. "

    searched for ' Parish President Gordon Dove company dump radioactive waste in Montana '

    Sheriff Raids House to Find Anonymous Blogger Who Called Him Corrupt

    One ExposeDAT blog post titled “Gordon Dove and Tony Alford’s Radioactive Waste Dumping,” briefly describes the relationship between Alford and the parish’s president, who jointly own a Montana trucking company that has been cited for dumping radioactive waste in Montana. That citation was originally reported in the Missoula, Mont., newspaper The Missoulian.

    [ the blog ExposeDAT is gone ]

    Company suspected of dumping radioactive waste in Montana ordered to stop

    By Tom Lutey Billings Gazette Apr 26, 2014

    A Louisiana trucking company believed to have illegally dumped radioactive waste in an Eastern Montana landfill for nearly two years has been ordered to stop by state officials…

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "The price of electricity from offshore wind in Britain has dipped below the level guaranteed to Hinkley Point, raising questions about the construction of the vast nuclear power station."

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

    Flynn backed for-profit nuclear scheme inside Trump transition

    The Trump adviser pushed a 'Marshall Plan' for Middle East nuclear power after he was hired by its private sponsors.

    “Michael Flynn actively promoted a private-sector scheme to build dozens of nuclear reactors across the Middle East known informally in the transition as the 'Marshall Plan.' But he did not publicly disclose that backers of the plan had paid him at least $25,000….”

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    evidence that frequency matters in electromagnetic radiation. From the University of Groningen, Netherlands

    Physical and biological evidence has been found for the hypothesis that carcinogenesis fits in a frequency pattern of electromagnetic (EM) waves, in which a gradual loss of cellular organization occurs. We find that cancer can be initiated and promoted at typical frequencies of electromagnetic waves positioned in decoherent soliton frequency zones. In contrast, the generation of cancer features can be inhibited and retarded by application of coherent soliton frequencies. This hypothesis has been substantiated by 200 different EM frequency data in 320 different published biomedical studies. All frequencies, ranging from sub Hz till Peta Hertz, could be normalized into 12 basic beneficial (anti-cancer) frequencies, and 12 basic detrimental (cancer promoting) frequencies,

    • PlowboyGrownUp

      Sounds quite right. There are several 'chanting' type sounds which seem to be beneficial to one's health, among some more practical usages.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Plowboy, theres a nuclear implication; there is a strict harmonic relationship all the way from 4 hertz to some peta hertz. This is remarkable.
        nuclear health physics wont be mature until frequency effects are studied.

    • PlowboyGrownUp

      Code, what link is that study?
      This site is selling some sort of bad frequencies interrupter:

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Plowboy, a quick scan of that earthpulse website makes me have no confidence in them. The little I read dose not jive with my understanding of frequency , electromagnetic effect and earth resonances. I did study this subject off and on most of my life.

        After all that study and experiment, I still dont have a clear idea of what to do. The basic idea is to assure a natural environment. This wont happen by disrupting it with pulses, or shielding. I have a field meter…most of the time you wont find these presumed destructive EM fields.

        Grounding a conductive bed sheet seems interesting. Restoring the voltage gradient of 150 to 300 volts per meter seems valuable, although care must be taken not to create a huge capacitor that could kill a person, if say you put a big plate on the ceiling.

        Theres a lot to it. Dowsers may find subtle lines of something like an electromagnetic grid which is destorted by water and geographical features. There may be something to it.

        The body may have a paramagnetic or electrodynamic interaction with the earths fields by way of the skin surface. Being indoors and wearing clothes all the time could interfere…although one sees relatively healthy peoples in snowy climates. Frequencies of around 1000 hz have been measured and many more exist, up to very high frequencies in the cell.

        Then there is the acupuncture meridian system. This may function with direct current as per Becker, but also seems to be associated with…

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          the acupuncture system seems to have an ionic character at the skin surface, and the 'energy' may not be classic electromagnetism. Physicists will scoff, but there is emerging evidence which gives weight to the traditional perceptions of a bio energy, chi, orgone, manna etc.

          An aspect of this has been studied by the name of biophotons. It was found that low level nuclear radiation stimulates emission of biophotons and there is a rather deep and involved set of theories which have been building over the last many decades. The upshot of it, in my mind, is to respect natures ways, although room for technological devices exists. Air ions and polarity, grounding, full spectrum light, all the electro-geomagnetic solar and lunar rhythms play a part. A pure diet is perhaps the most important.

          I think a very large coil, essentially wall sized, (could be very thin wire) producing a constant magnetic field modulated by low level pulses of the Schumann frequencies, the magnetic field lines lined up with the earth, could be a benefit. This cant be too hard to make and I bet there is a cheap generator somewhere, or just get an old computer to run them. One could generate the frequencies on freeware, record them and play through an old cheap sound system which would provide plenty of power. Maybe the DC component could be a simple battery attached to the speaker output leads as a constant bias. But in this case one wants to 'overpower' the natural field otherwise you will…

        • PlowboyGrownUp

          Scanned the earthpulse site, that's all I did too. What kind of meter do you have?
          I like to go as natural as possible. Walk barefoot a lot on dirt.
          Got it from being a plowboy. There's two or 3 more in my area, we are the last of the barefoot plowboys around here.
          There's (to my thinking) one big scale, as related to frequencies, and wherever it starts, at one hz or below that, up through the audible frequencies, ultrasound, radio waves, etc, infrared, visible light of the colors, ultra violet, and on up. The frequencies double for every octave. Strange that the material elements are vibrating at very high frequencies unknown to me.
          Try sleeping with head pointing north, south, east, west to see if you sleep better at one of them. The Earth is magnetic you know.

          I think it was an article by Dr Mercola that recommended a product
          (wire) that you could hook to your toe and plug the other end into the ground plug on a wall plug. No, I won't do that. There is a possibility of some electrical malfunction causing a bad or worse shock.

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            Plowboy, the devices are too expensive for one thing. What you want is an even field. Their little coils will create strong field gradients…not wanted for this application.

            Im not sure how much the subject of frequency therapy or effect can be simplified. Its extremely complex. That simple harmonic relationship that the netherlands guys found is remarkable because in my experience, it was never so straightforward. The intuitive principle of resonant induction and a clear harmonic progression doesnt seem to hold true, this study being somewhat of an exception.

            You might enjoy Philip Callahan. A patent for a healing chamber here, complete with suggested frequencies. Earthen

            there are two or three little books you can probably find used or library.

            I used a version of this burlap biological antenna to measure biological frequencies and analyse them on a freeware fourier transform program. His claim is that it heals by somehow reinforcing endogenous frequencies

          • Field meters can be had pretty cheap under $100

        • PlowboyGrownUp

          Thanks for the links, looked at the first one, will get to the others tomorrow, long day.

        • PlowboyGrownUp

          Code re that second link, a lower vibration study might be a better way to maintain/improve health: cymatics

          or self made sounds, one org has one for every day of the week.

          • PlowboyGrownUp

            That 3rd link (long article, many references) " Importantly, there is now ample evidence that mechanical forces and audiofrequency stimulation can alter gene expression, determine cell fate, and promote the healing of injured tissues, "

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            Plowboy…the thing with cymatics is that the pattern depends on the size shape and material of the vibrating plate…and the material. EVerything has a different 'spring constant'. The bones are more resonant, and in fact designed by nature to resonate and create minute piezoelectric currents. I wouldnt put much weight into those beautiful mandalas, only that it illustrates an effect. Not necessarily transferable directly to human health. One has to search out the people doing meaningful research. In the body there are many different frequencies, from the low brain waves all the way to extremely high frequencies in molecular bonds. The main thing is that the design of it is more or less self regulating. Give it pure food and take out the toxins, exercise, and the right frequencies will be there. There is a place for technology also. Too many 'new age' people selling ideas and gadgets, lacking in solid science

            • SadieDog

              Lol. Code explaining cymatics? Oh, fucking hell! Gimme a break.

            • SadieDog

              Just say the vibration is equal to a banana. For fuck sake.

              • SadieDog

                You wouldn't even know about cymatics if it wasn't for me.

              • SadieDog

                Say otherwise and you're a liar.

              • SadieDog

                I don't take credit much of ever, but no one, NO ONE, but me has posted cymatics videos here, ever. Ever. For 5 years.

                • PlowboyGrownUp

                  Nope, I posted on them more than once.

                  • SadieDog

                    Maybe PGU,
                    But along time ago code tried to tell me this had nothing to do with the formation of life on earth.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      SD, if you interpreted something I said as discounting the validity or import of cymatics, you were mistaken. I was probably exposed to Hans Jenny before you were born. He probably died before you were born. There was a big book I got through the library…long before the internet and Utoob.

                      Those patterns dont represent the shape of sound, they represent the reaction of a material on a plate that is being vibrated…or water etc. Biology and its shapes are not caused by this. Thats not to say there is no effect. Electromagnetic waves can be transduced onto cell surfaces, and the frequency is stepped down, a surface phonon, and this has an effect. There are harmonic ratios, phi ratios that arise naturally out of the geometric expansion of life into space. Its a fascinating study, its been going on since at least the ancient egyptians. Your accusations about me are wrong…simple as that

                    • SadieDog

                      I interpret you just fine.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      Oh no you dont. You suggest that I have multiple personas here; AirSep, Jebus, stock etc. That shows very low powers of discrimination. You slam good people, you promote nonsense. One has no choice but to conclude you do this on purpose. If not, Im hard pressed to think of ways to help. Be humble…and as I suggest to Obe…be uncertain about your conclusions

                    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

                      Hey, I'm in Northern Nevada right now. It would be kind of fun for all of us to take a photo all at the same time wherever it is that we might be.

                      I give a hundred bucks to the first person that can prove we're all in the same place, at the same time. Same person?


                    • SadieDog

                      AST – what astrange comment. Or should I say admission? "I give a hundred bucks to the first person that can prove we're all in the same place, at the same time. Same person?"

                    • Jebus Jebus

                      No, you two are not the sane person.

                      You only have to be from the same fucked up litter…

                • SadieDog

                  I trust you PGU. But it's one of the first things I posted.

                • SadieDog

                  Code has been a cunt from the jump with me. Right after I thought we were having a conversation about earthquakes and vibrations and it flipped out on me, years ago.

            • PlowboyGrownUp

              Code, that's interesting and correct, I would say. I will say that one can, in generating one's own sounds, that the correct set of vibrations can be found for oneself, without concern about finding the right frequencies. Except to aim at some of the musical scale notes.

            • PlowboyGrownUp

              Code, an interesting article today on Dr Mercola. Bodily voltages.

              Again, it's simpler, just use breath to increase or decrease voltages. Holding breath-positive electrical effect, holding breath out negative electrical effect.

              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                Plowboy…its great that Mercola has the nerve to publish this kind of stuff. The path of Dr Tennant is similar to many naturopathic lines of thought over the last 40 years. It includes eastern and rather obscure modern physics thinking. My thought is that even though they probably dont know what theyre talking about, they get something that works. Physics and biology are not fully understood.

                Its slightly disturbing that the alternative practitioners have latched onto some physics ideas and acupuncture ideas with only partial understanding and then relay them as 'truths' for example

                "Anytime you have something that's a golden mean and expose it to scalar energy … scalar energy implodes into the center and becomes the power supply for DNA,"

                Thats an almost entirely unsupported idea that gets these guys labeled as quacks. Scalar fields can describe gravity, electrostatic charges, or theoretical quantum ideas very difficult to comprehend. Teslas longitudinal 'waves' are described as scalar…but I dont think you would be 'beaming' any 'wave' that is scalar. Not that they dont exist…Eric Dollard seems to have the best grasp of Tesla waves but its beyond my knowledge base to understand it. Pretty sure this goes for 99.99% of naturopaths and new age trinket sellers who claim the zero point or scalar wave energy is behind the function of their stuff.

                Going 'faster' than the speed of light has radical implications the human brain is not…

                • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                  Humans cant understand faster than light. They have a very hard time grasping the zero point theory. Schauberger was a German guy that claims to have developed vortex water flows in phi geometry that somehow generated energy by implosion. But I never found and replication of this. The story even includes water powered UFOs and such. Free energy. You can see that its quite a stretch to assume you know how some presumed scalar zero point energy is collapsing into DNA.

                  In fact there is some work at CERN about this…the Higgs factor that somehow breaks the symmetry of the zero field on a quantum level to create mass. Pretty doubtful that new age guys are doing this.

                  I didnt see the reference to adjusting voltage with breath, but assume this is the Co2 function. Breathing is automatically designed to keep the body ph adjusted. But again, there are the unknowns. Chi and prana are not understood scientifically. Breathing may involve more than oxygenation and ph balance.

                  The skenar an enart devices come from Russia. I would feel fairly confident one could order them without getting ripped off. The cost is several hundred. They may be somewhat advanced biofeedback energy treatment devices. Russia is ahead of the west in this area

                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      Can you see it? No? Then it is faster than light!

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                      And they do better than that in this exclusive sneak peek of Tuesday's night's upcoming show – they astound Simon Cowell.

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                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      These people are good..

                      How did they do it? Clairvoyants turn America's Got Talent's judge Howie Mandel into a MIND READER as they return to the show, a year after finishing in second place

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                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      Real example and surely there are more out there.

                      Went camping with my wife when we were young and just dating at the time early 20's. Road a motorcycle up over 100 miles and joined with a group on the camping side with no power on this small island. Festivities required that we drink heavily which we did.

                      At about 8PM my now wife starts crying and can't stop for no reason…wailing. She knows something is wrong at home.

                      This goes on for some time and she is so upset that she states she needs to call home which required me to drive her to the other side of the island on the motorcycle where there was a phone to use.

                      About 9:30PM she calls home and finds out that her Dad had hit a young kid on a bike with his car and his body smashed her Dad's windshield and that this accident happened at about 8PM.

                      The kid was fine.. but her father was a mess..and she was a mess.. at exactly the same time at about 8PM.

                      Tough to explain such events, but it is a gift and it is true, and lots of people have these.. faster than light gifts…they just do not know it yet. 🙂

                      My daughter has the same gift and to think in the old days they would burn these types of very gifted people.

                    • SadieDog

                      I absolutely believe you. This happens all the time. But people don't believe it till it happens to them.

                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      True! 🙂 Something is sending what appears to be a biological wave signal very fast..may be some cellular mental quantum effect happening.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      Obe; "omething is sending what appears to be a biological wave signal very fast..may be some cellular mental quantum effect happening."

                      this is just a theory that appeals to your 'common sense'

                      The very idea of 'sending' and 'fast' may be not relevant at all. In quantum entanglement, two atomic particles spin in synchronous times over great distances. I dont think 'sending' and 'fast' have much to do with it. Can you say for sure that your wife didnt know about the crash even before it happened? 'before' and 'after' are not fixed characteristics of the universe. This is why I say that the human brain is not equipped to understand the idea of faster than light, quantum scalar fields etc. You just cant do it. Do you know that time is different for the different atoms and supatomic particles in your body? It may be small, but the difference is real, and might as well be huge. A huge difference is seen muons…the stuff they took pictures of the Fukushima ruins with. Its hard to imagine to things existing for long together if they run at different speeds of time….you would think the slower time speed object would get lost in the past of the faster time speed object….yet they are here, making up your body and everything else.

                      Time is not the fixed speed river upon which events, and their speeds occur

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      sorry, too many typos…but its hard to imagine TWO things existing together for long if they run at different time rates. For that matter, its a good thing your consciousness doesnt travel at the same speed as the clock, because it would be left behind in the past along with monday. In other words, something allows you to act as if you are timeless, watching the days of the week go by. An analogy is a river…if time were a river, and the days of the week represented by various logs floating by….only on the fixed, non moving bank can you see the days go by, whereas if you were floating in the river with the logs, you would stay with monday (or any day represented by a log) forever.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      It was a muon scan that showed the insides of the blown up, melted down reactors wasnt it? The interesting thing is that we couldnt even take that muon scan if those particles werent moving at a different rate of time than us. For muons, the universe is a little flatter, and things age at a different rate. (This helps explain the flat earth theory!)

                      This video explains


                    • PlowboyGrownUp

                      Obe, my take too on thought projecting. But sometimes as slow as mailing a letter.

                    • PlowboyGrownUp

                      Obewan 'Real example and surely there are more out there.'
                      My momma was in nursing home, all at once she started slowly waving her arms in the air and she said 'I lost my baby, my baby' and I asked her who, 'I lost my baby girl' and I didn't realize what she meant. 5 min later I was walking down the hall and got the call that my youngest sister had passed on.

                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      That was it..the Force in action!

                      Starting to think they throw so much confusion our way intentionally.. as a way to disrupt the Force.. that is all around us.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      obe, time dilation with mass and velocity is well confirmed. This fact changes the entire concept of reality. the state of 'no time' and 'no distance' is a reality in this universe.

                      Its hard to wrap ones mind around. We can try, but inevitably we will fail to grasp the nature of reality.

                      the wise ones realized this and suggested that conscious transcendence beyond the mind was the requirement. Thats a pretty heavy concept, a tall order. Not just transcending the brains thought process, but the very substrate of the perceivable universe; differentiation and causality.

                      But we can take this step; we can say "Im not sure". It would be naive to think our brains are that much better than say a religious fanatic, when it comes to comprehending the nature of things. One thing is for sure; we are limited by our little brains and our little senses. Being a retard is tough

                    • PlowboyGrownUp

                      Definitions I like – 'Reality' is as I perceive things, 'time' is a human description of cycles which would continue without humans. Related to 'distance' also.
                      Anybody ever read "The Sound and The Fury"?
                      In some chapter it describes a happening as viewed from 4 different types of people.
                      Just recommending the chapter, the book reading was a requirement in a course I took.

                    • PlowboyGrownUp

                      Actuality, meant to put 'actuality' vs 'reality'.

                  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                    obe..the process of thinking is a physical thing in the brain, subject to the physical laws. Therefor thinking cant go faster than the speed of light. however, we dont really know what consciousness is. It may have no mass, and in fact maybe its not confined to a locality. For example, in your brain, there are various electrical signals going on in specific locations, but you cant find the exact spot where consciousness itself resides. If you were to expand the brain to the size of a football field, or even a galaxy…then you may have consciousness spread out over a very large area.

                    But even this is very difficult to comprehend. At the speed of light, the universe collapses to two dimensions, its just flat from the perspective of a photon, which itself is timeless. See, theres a problem because speed is distance divided by time (i.e. miles per hour etc) and for a photon there is no distance and no time. Going beyond this speed is theoretical…maybe you can go both ways in time and space, or simply exist everywhere. ITs just very hard to say. from your link;

                    'Some observers with sub-light relative motion will disagree about which occurs first of any two events that are separated by a space-like interval. In other words, any travel that is faster-than-light will be seen as traveling backwards in time in some other, equally valid, frames of reference'

                • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                  Not so tough.. 🙂 Chuckles!

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              • DUDe DUDe

                "Again, it's simpler, just use breath to increase or decrease voltages. Holding breath-positive electrical effect, holding breath out negative electrical effect."

                "I didnt see the reference to adjusting voltage with breath, but assume this is the Co2 function. Breathing is automatically designed to keep the body ph adjusted. But again, there are the unknowns. Chi and prana are not understood scientifically. Breathing may involve more than oxygenation and ph balance."

                I readed a theory once that claimed the slow , deep and heavy breathing by yogi's increased the friction of the air passing the "airway's" , and that extra friction would generate more micro-electricity then normal breathing..and this electricity would then pass tru channels including the nervesystem in to the brain , where it would then benefit the proces of chemo-electrical activity in the brain..that was his explanation of the mystical "extracting prana" from the air theory and it sounded plausible enough to me..back in the day's..

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

    Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      World at 50% cancer rates!

      Historic footage showing a nuclear bomb being detonated thousands of feet below the surface in order to extinguish a fire in a natural gas field in the former Soviet Union has emerged this week.
      The video from 1966 shows the huge flame burning bright in the middle of the field, as workers at the Urta-Bulak gas well in Uzbekistan try to douse the flames with water to no avail.
      The area is then cleared and a large nuclear bomb is deposited underground and detonated to cut off the source of the gas.

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  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "BRIDGMAN, Mich. – A nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan says a coolant water safety valve opened unexpectedly after one of its reactors was shut down for refueling and maintenance.

    Indiana Michigan Power says Cook Nuclear Plant's Unit 1 reactor was shut down early Wednesday as planned, but less than an hour afterward a valve that's part of its reactor coolant supply system opened. Fluid went into a collection tank.

    No injuries were reported. The plant notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and activated its emergency plan until about 8 a.m. "

  • freebywill


    At 0047 EDT, the licensee declared a notification of unusual event under emergency action level S8 due to actuation of the letdown relief valve which resulted in reactor coolant system leakage to the pressurizer relief tank exceeding 10 gpm.

    The plant was in mode 3 at the time making preparations to proceed to cold shutdown to support their refueling outage.

    Operators were in the process of reducing reactor coolant system letdown from 120 gpm to 45 gpm when the letdown system relief valve lifted.

    The relief discharged to the pressurizer relief tank at approximately 12 gpm.

    Operators isolated the letdown line which reduced the leakage to approximately 1 gpm.

    Plant staff is in the process of determining where the 1 gpm leakage is from and evaluating the basis for terminating the unusual event.

    Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA National Watch Center (email) and Nuclear SSA (email).

    • freebywill

      Update to the DC Cook EN from yesterday


      At 0800 EDT, the licensee terminated the notification of unusual event. The basis for termination was that the letdown line was isolated which reduced leakage to less than the EAL threshold of 10 gpm.

      The cause of the letdown relief lifting is still under investigation.

      The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will be notifying the state of Michigan and Berrien County.

      The licensee has issued a press release to the media concerning this event.

      Notified R3DO (Riemer), IRD MOC (Stapleton), NRR (Miller), DHS SWO, DHS NICC, FEMA Ops Center, FEMA National Watch Center (email) and Nuclear SSA (email).

      [ nothing seems to have changed, the problem went from leaking a lot to leaking a little, but they still have no idea why? ]

  • freebywill


    "On September 12, 2017, at 1228 PDT, Reactor Building (Secondary Containment) pressure momentarily rose above the Technical Specification (TS) limit.

    Secondary Containment was declared inoperable and TS Action Statement was entered.

    The pressure rise was due to unexpected isolation of the supply and exhaust valves in the Reactor Building ventilation system due to an electrical transient on the power panel feeding the valve operators' solenoid pilot valves during maintenance.

    The cause of the electrical transient is under investigation.

    "The Reactor Building differential pressure controller restored the building pressure to within limits.

    The Control Room operators reopened the Reactor Building ventilation supply and exhaust valves.

    Secondary Containment was declared operable at 1228 PDT and TS Action Statement was exited.

    "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."

    The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • freebywill


    "On September 12, 2017 at 1131 CDT, both Unit 3 Standby Liquid Control system (SLC) subsystems were declared inoperable for a through wall leak on the common discharge piping.

    With both subsystems inoperable, the SLC system was unable to fulfill its safety function.

    "This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) for an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function of a system that is needed to shut down the reactor and maintain it in a safe shutdown condition and under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) for a system that was unavailable for accident mitigation.

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

    With both trains of SLC inoperable, the licensee entered an 8-hr. action statement to restore at least one train to operability.

    If unable to do so, then the plant will enter a 12-hr. shutdown action statement.

  • How many nuclear reactors were running at full power during potential catastrophic conditions in the last month?

    What does that say? The train kept a rollin didn't it? The exact reasons are not known, but the confirmed continued operation is known…

    Ole henry sittin by the brakes did not for what ever reason apply them, he (or she) was unable to do so for whatever reason…

    Going is going and stopped is stopped…

    ..No great mystery there, the mystery is why.

    So no matter what the reason, these poison factories have been left running putting millions in danger when they should have been stopped at least until the emanate threat had passed…

    That's not a assertion, that's proven truth…

    Even if your cars braking system is working perfectly, if you can't step on the brake peddle quick enough to avoid that tree, ya still have no brakes…

    No stoppie? No brakes….

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

    Full episode 4hr
    Nightlife: a short history of nuclear weapons

    • 50mins 13secs The politics and science of nuclear weapons

  • freebywill


    On September 13, 2017, Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC) determined a Contractor Manager confirmed positive for alcohol during a for cause fitness-for-duty test. The employee's unescorted access to the plant has been terminated.

  • freebywill



    "Waterford 3 is retracting a follow up notification made on July 19, 2017 for EN# 52863, concerning the loss of safety function associated with the Condensate Storage Pool (CSP) per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B).

    The Condensate Storage Pool was performing its required safety function by providing inventory to the Emergency Feed Water pumps when the required Tech Spec level (T.S. dropped below 92%.

    The Technical Specification was entered at 1624 [CDT] on July 17, 2017 and exited after filling at 0039 on July 18, 2017.

    The total allowed outage time allowed by Tech Spec is 10 hours to be in Hot Shutdown if not restored.

    The Condensate Storage Pool level was restored to greater than 92% prior to exceeding the allowed outage time.

    Based on level being restored and the Condensate Storage Pool performing its required safety function, 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) does not apply.

    Prior to the automatic reactor trip, Condensate Storage Pool level was greater than 92%.

    [ entire sequence at the link, cascade of problems ]

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

    Nuclear power plants may not keep Britain's lights on, say Lib Dems

    Party raises concerns over nuclear costs as Vince Cable says record low wind power prices should lead to ‘radical reappraisal’

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "EU parliament opposes bid to reduce testing of Fukushima food imports
    The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, wants to reduce the list of foods subject to radiation tests before they can be imported into the bloc, which currently includes rice, mushrooms, fish and other seafood."

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "OAK HARBOR, Ohio- Workers will spend several weeks repairing cracks in an Ohio nuclear plant’s concrete walls that protect its reactor.

    FirstEnergy Corp. says its Davis-Besse nuclear plant along Lake Erie near Toledo will continue to operate during the work this fall."

  • freebywill

    US NRC Response on Crystal River Nuclear Power Station Spent Fuel Pool Near Tampa; Our Response, and More

    [ Neil Sheehan – NRC spokesweasel ]
    the NRC no longer maintains a resident inspector at Crystal River, when events such as Hurricane Irma occur, communication protocols with plant staff are established.

    We are not aware of any spent fuel pool cracking at Crystal River. You may be referring to cracking involving the containment building, which led to the plant’s shutdown.

    From our response: [ Mining Awareness ] The “hairline crack” was found 8 years ago (ML103220257 ) and could have grown in that time.

    During its audit, the staff performed a walkdown on July 15, 2009, and found this hairline crack location at elevation 143 foot was dry at that time. The staff also walked down the leak chase channel drain points to ensure that the leak chase channel system is functioning. The staff noted one of the pipe ends appeared to contain mineral deposition and there was blockage of the leak chase channels that can potentially cause leakage of the borated water from the spent fuel through the floor and walls of the spent fuel pool.

    [ Not Regulating Correctly ]

  • freebywill

    52 mins | San Onofre Nuclear Waste Debate – pt.1 |

    Published on Sep 15, 2017

    This is Part 1 of EON's coverage of the Progressives of South Orange County's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Capistrano Beach, CA.

    The topic is the looming danger of the San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump which is in construction by Southern California Edison.

    Thousands of tons of radioactive waste, deadly for centuries, threaten to be stored in thin containers on the beach in a tsunami and earthquake zone for the indefinite future, and possibly forever, unless authorities can be persuaded to move it safely elsewhere – a very tall order technologically and politically.

    Roger Johnson moderates. The speakers are Ray Lutz of CitizensOversight.Org, who recently won a court battle with Edison, and Donna Gilmore (SanOnofreSafety.Org), who is an expert on the storage and transportation of nuclear waste. Gary Headrick of San Clemente Green,who advocates for unity against these challenges also speaks.

    For more info:
    Also visit the Facebook Page:

    [ some good info on the SOC Progressives FB page; this is a group organizing to stop the waste dump on the SoCal beach. ]

  • freebywill


    "On September 17, 2017, during planned surveillance activities involving Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) 4, unexpected voltage and frequency indications were noted when EDG 4 was synchronized to Emergency Bus E4. With EDG 4 in manual mode, the Operator responded by lowering load to reopen the EDG 4 output breaker. Opening of the EDG 4 output breaker with the breakers from Balance of Plant (BOP) Bus 2C, which normally feeds the Emergency Bus E4, opened; resulted in de-energizing Emergency Bus E4. The EDG 4 voltage regulator and governor automatically reverted to auto control, and EDG 4 reconnected to Emergency Bus E4. Normal frequency and voltage were restored with EDG 4 in auto control.

    [ … more at link ]

    "The safety significance of this event is minimal. Safety systems functioned as designed following the power perturbation on E4. Plant systems responded as designed. The cause of the event is under investigation."

  • freebywill


    "On September 16th, 2017 at 1330 hrs. [EDT], a loss of secondary containment differential pressure (D/P) occurred due to an equipment failure. This caused a reduction in Reactor Building Zone 2 (Unit 2) D/P to less than the required 0.25 inches WC per SR [Surveillance Requirement]

    "2V206B, Reactor Building Zone 2 Equipment Compartment Exhaust Fan, was manually started and Reactor Building Zone 2 D/P was restored to greater than 0.25 inches WC by 1333 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 has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • freebywill



    "The condition reported in Event Notification #52967 pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(a)(1)(i) has been evaluated, and determined not to have met the threshold for classification as an Unusual Event under Emergency Action Level (EAL) S-8 and is being retracted.

    "During the events of 9/13/17, Control Room staff calculated Reactor Coolant System (RCS) leakage to the Pressurizer Relief Tank (PRT) through the Letdown Relief Valve to be greater than the EAL S-8 threshold of 10 gallons per minute. Subsequent review of trends associated with PRT level increase during the event determined that the RCS leakage to the PRT was less than 10 gallons per minute and therefore did not represent an Unusual Event under EAL S-8.

    "The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this retraction."

    [ This doesn't mean there wasn't a coolant leak, it just means that the leak amount they CALCULATED wasn't enough to have to be reported as an unusual event. ]

    [ This unit is on RFOD#_006 of a typical 45 day RFO, but the RFO may be extended due to "Pulling generator rotor for inspection. Split Pin, Baffle Bolt replacement." Baffle bolt replacement takes a long time. ]

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

    China’s CGN seeks stake in Toshiba-led UK nuclear project

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

    Russian-built nuclear plant revives Chernobyl fears
    Power station taking shape on Belarus border feeds anxiety in Lithuania and beyond

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    The man who saved the world from nuclear destruction
    "Petrov was in charge of Soviet nuclear early warning systems on the night of September 26, 1983, and decided not to retaliate when a false "missile attack" signal appeared to show a US nuclear launch. He is feted by nuclear activists as the man who "saved the world" by determining that the Soviet system had been spoofed by a reflection off the Earth. "

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov (Russian: Василий Александрович Архипов) (30 January 1926 – 19 August 1998) was a Soviet Navy officer credited with casting the single vote that prevented a Soviet nuclear strike (and, presumably, all-out nuclear war) during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Such an attack likely would have caused a major global thermonuclear response which could have destroyed much of the world" (nuclear torpedo)

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      good on that guy. i remember reading about that, but somewhat surprisingly, thaat guy isnt very well known. i woner how many people would be able to not do that, regardless of orders

  • freebywill


    "At 1724 [CDT] on 9/18/17 during Control Room Ventilation testing Door-61, South Control Room Door, became wedged against its door stop and stuck open.

    Door-61 is a credited High Energy Line Break (HELB) / Fire / Flood Barrier in addition to its function to maintain the Control Room envelope.

    The door stop was subsequently unbolted from the floor and the door was free to close. Door-61, South Control Room Door, has since been inspected, and at 1750 [CDT], was declared functional as a HELB / Fire / Flood Barrier and Operational for purposes of maintaining the Control Room Envelope.

    During the 26 minutes the door was stuck open, the Control Room was in an unanalyzed condition with regards to protection from a High Energy Line Break."

    The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Indian Point 2 (NY) @ 0 % shutdown for unknown reason, no EN, unit is not scheduled for refueling.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Discovery could reduce nuclear waste by chemically reengineering molecules..
    (but not soon) – He compared the situation to designing a machine in outer space and then placing it at the bottom of the ocean. The waterlogged device will not function the same as the original design."

  • freebywill

    US_NPS_Status_Report_for_Wednesday_September_20_2017 … All regions …*=GE mark1

    Indian Point 2 (NY) @ 1 % – restarting from unk shutdown reported 09/19, no EN

    *Peach Bottom 3 (PA) @ 88 % – coastdown to RFO 10/23/17

    Three Mile Island 1 (PA) @ 0 % – RFO day 2


    McGuire 1 (NC) @ 94 % coastdown to RFO 09/23/17

    North Anna 2 (VA) @ 0 % RFO day 11 (RPV open)

    Vogtle 2 (GA) @ 0 % RFO day 3 ( projected RPV open Friday )

    Byron 2 (IL) @ 98 % coastdown to RFO 10/02/17

    DC Cook 1 (MI) @ 0 % RFO day 8 ( RPV is open )

    *Dresden 2 (IL) @ 91 % coastdown to RFO 11/02/17

    Point Beach 1 (WI) @ 97 % coastdown to RFO 10/07/17

    Prairie Island 2 (MN) @ 0 % RFO day 1

    Callaway 1 (MO) @ 90 % coastdown to RFO 10/07/17

    Grandgulf 1 (MS) @ 0 % shutdown day 22

    • freebywill

      Correction to the Status report – Prairie Is 2 may or may not be in RFO, still scheduled for 10/14.

      The sched may have been changed and the unit is in RFO, will have to wait and see.

      Until we verify RFO this is an unsched SD, no EN.

  • freebywill

    Updated 2017 Fall Refueling Schedule 19 units scheduled for RFO this fall.

    09/09/17 North Anna 2 RFO day 11 ( RPV open )
    09/13/17 DC Cook 1 RFO day 8 ( RPV open )
    09/17/17 Vogtle 2 RFO day 3 ( projected RPV open Friday )
    09/18/17 Three Mile Island 1 RFO day 2 ( projected RPV open Saturday )
    09/23/17 McGuire 1 @ 94% coastdown to RFO
    10/01/17 Palo Verde 1
    10/02/17 Turkey Point 4
    10/02/17 Byron 1 @ 98% coastdown to RFO
    10/07/17 Point Beach 1 @ 97% coastdown to RFO
    10/07/17 Callaway 1 @ 90 % coastdown to RFO
    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 @ 0 % unsched shutdown, no EN
    10/15/17 Farley 2
    10/23/17 Peach Bottom 3 @ 89 % coastdown to RFO
    10/28/17 Oconee 2
    11/02/17 Dresden 2 @ 91 % coastdown to RFO

  • freebywill

    Great Interview – Hometown Nuclear Activist Beats Goliath: Patty Ameno vs. NUMEC

    This week’s featured interview:

    Never doubt that a single activist can make all the difference in the world. Patty Ameno grew up in Apollo, Pennsylvania, 35 miles NE of Pittsburgh, not realizing that her childhood home was directly across the street from the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation. NUMEC manufactured fuel for commercial nuclear power plants and the Navy’s nuclear submarines, leaving behind a legacy of uranium and plutonium waste that impacted the health of everyone in the area — including Patty. A trained investigator with Naval Investigative Service (NIS) and former U.S. Federal Criminal Investigator, Patty took on NUMEC, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Babcock & Wilcox and Atlantic Richfield… and won.

    This is the story of how she did it.

    [ In the interview Patty details how the NRC ran blockade. Reinforces the obvious, the NRC is not there to regulate the industry, it's there to regulate what the public knows about the industry. The highly publicized regulator actions are only a facade to placate the public. She was threatened, arrested and harassed by the various nuclear criminals and their cohorts. ]

  • freebywill


    "[…] event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function.

    On July 11th, 2017, it was discovered that the flow indicating switch for the high pressure core spray (HPCS) minimum flow valve was providing unreliable indication.

    There was no flow through the line at the time the condition was discovered.

    This switch provides the flow signal to the HPCS minimum flow valve logic.

    "[…] This condition could have prevented the HPCS system, a single train safety system, from performing its specified safety function.

    Troubleshooting is underway to determine the cause of and correct the condition."


    "The condition reported […] has been evaluated, and determined not to have met the threshold for classification as an Event or Condition the Could Have Prevented Fulfillment of a Safety Function.

    "Engineering analysis has concluded that the affected switch was capable of performing its required support function to provide the flow signal to the HPCS minimum flow valve logic.

    Thus, the HPCS system remained capable of performing its specific function for the identified condition."

  • freebywill


    RX Type: 250 KW TRIGA MARK II

    City: MANHATTAN State: KS

    "The exhaust plenum monitor (EPM) was sent out for calibration a couple of weeks ago.

    It was received back on September 17, 2017, and returned to service.

    [On 9/20/17,] one of the senior reactor operators noticed that the noble gas detector was not responding properly.

    It was turned off. A relay on the EPM controls reactor bay ventilation, which is required to be operable per Technical Specifications.

    If the EPM alarms, ventilation is turned off.

    This relay was rewired to use only the two operating EPM detectors.

    Despite this, the reactor bay ventilation was observed to not operate as expected.

    The problem was traced back to a separate faulty relay, which was subsequently bypassed.

    The senior reactor operator had access to a control room breaker, and planned to manually cut power to the ventilation system if the EPM or continuous air monitor alarmed.

    An experiment was installed that has the potential to release radioactive gases; the reactor was started up at 1449 CDT and shut down at 1743 CDT.

    No increases in radiation levels were observed during or after operations.

    The ventilation system was operating during reactor operations.

    [ cont ]

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "After the Chernobyl nuclear reactor melted down on April 26, 1986, some dogs and cats left behind survived and began to breed. More than 400 animals were spayed and neutered in the first year of the clinic's operation at the former reactor, which ended earlier this month.

    The laws governing the exclusion zone around Chernobyl strongly advise people to avoid feeding or touching the dogs, due to the risk of contamination. Not only is the dogs' fur potentially loaded with radioactive particles, but their food and water is contaminated. The radioactive molecules they ingest may also linger in their bodies"

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

    “…Along with objecting to Minsk's decision to build the plant so close to Vilnius — which along with Astravets is in a seismic-activity zone — Lithuanian officials are concerned that Minsk has not allowed a full inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)….

    ” Adding to the worries in Vilnius is the secrecy of Belarusian officials when faced with 10 accidents and three deaths that occurred during the construction of the plant, which began in 2013….”

  • freebywill


    "On September 21, 2017 at 1730 [CDT] the Control Room Emergency Ventilation Air Condition (CREV AC) system was declared inoperable due a refrigerant leak from the air conditioning compressor.

    As a result, Technical Specification 3.7.5 Condition A was entered for Units One and Two.

    "The CREV AC system maintains a habitable control room environment and ensures the operability of components in the control room emergency zone during accident conditions.

    "This notification is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) because the CREV system is a single train system.

    The loss of CREV AC could impact the plant's ability to mitigate the consequences of an accident."

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "China National Nuclear Power Co. this month announced a joint venture to build and operate a “traveling wave reactor” in Hebei province, designed by Bellevue, Washington-based TerraPower LLC, whose chairman is Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates. The development follows Canada’s SNC-Lavalin, which has agreed to build a new recycled-fuel plant with China National Nuclear Corp. and Shanghai Electric Group, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is working with the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics on a salt-cooled system."

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Status spreadsheet pics for the week ending 20170922 all NRC regions

    I added some annotations per reader request.

    I left the current weeks fields expanded for this week.

    Region 1

    Region 2

    Region 3

    Region 4

  • freebywill

    Problems with Dry Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel: Letter from the Sierra Club to the US NRC and Some Additional Info

    by Mining Awareness Sept 22, 2017

    If you think that transferring the spent nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools to “dry casks”, as it is currently done, is a magical solution – think again. Read about the problems with spent nuclear fuel canister systems currently in use in the Sierra Club letter below, as well as at: And, do a search for Holtec and Areva in the search window of our blog (Mining Awareness). Both Holtec and Areva canisters are too thin; welded shut, and with no pressure monitor in the lid. This is in stark contrast to German Castor which have a pressure sensor between two lids and a temperature sensor, as well as being much, much thicker. They are also stored inside a building, whereas most US spent nuclear fuel appears to be stored outside. Welded shut, the Areva and Holtec casks cannot be opened for checking without cask destruction, whereas the Castor have bolted lids and can be reopened.


    [ much more at the link ]

  • freebywill

    Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station At Risk From Flooding and Storm Impacts Due To Outdated Assumptions-Location

    Last December, Jones River Watershed Association and JRWA’s Cape Cod Bay Watch Program once again raised concerns about flooding and storm impacts on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station on Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts, writing to the US NRC: “We continue to believe that the PNPS site, including its nuclear waste storage area, are at risk from flooding and storms…“. They point to discrepancies between the site elevation data used by Entergy and actual elevation when estimating flood risk at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. (The US NRC appears to consistently use the 1929 elevation standard, rather than the 1988 update which takes into consideration subsidence and other changes which have occurred since 1929. Thus, their concerns may apply to most US Nuclear Power Stations.) Furthermore, they point to the use of outdated sea level assumptions, which fail to take into consideration sea level rise!

  • SadieDog

    Hey, there's no depository right? Where is all the nuclear waste been stored the last [pick a number] few years? SD reports –
    "That’s not for any technical or logistical reason. Quite the contrary, it’s a simple task. In 1987, after much study, the federal government settled on the perfect place for this spent fuel: a remote site in Nevada called Yucca Mountain, where it could be buried deep underground, posing no danger to anyone. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirmed in a 2014 report that this repository would keep the waste contained for 1 million years. Even the local jackrabbits and tarantulas would have nothing to worry about.

    Taxpayers and ratepayers have been dunned for the cost of building and maintaining the facility. But so far, all they’ve gotten for their money is a giant, vacant hole in the ground.

    In the meantime, some 80,000 tons of waste has piled up at 80 far less secure temporary sites in 35 states, and the piles are growing all the time. Want to guess which state has acquired the largest stash while waiting for Yucca Mountain to open for business. That's right: Illinois."

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

    Oversight panel: Nuclear lab workers violated safety rules
    September 23, 2017

    “SANTA FE, N.M. — A national laboratory's workers producing a shell for a triggering device for nuclear weapons violated safety rules in August by storing too much material at one location in a facility for plutonium, a highly radioactive material, a federal oversight panel reported.

    “The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board memorandum called the Aug. 18 incident at the Los Alamos National Laboratory a 'criticality safety event' and said workers there discovered the placement error made by a casting crew three days later when they moved the grapefruit-sized shell again.

    “The workers at that point failed to follow proper procedures for reporting the Aug. 21 action, the safety board said in a one-page memorandum dated Sept. 1. The report doesn't specify whether the shell itself contained plutonium….”

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

    Renewables, not nuclear, for climate change.

    India third in nuclear power installations: study
    But share of nuclear energy generation stagnates globally, and several countries shut down nuclear reactors in 2017

    September 23, 2017

    “India is third in the world in the number of nuclear reactors being installed, at six, while China is leading at 20, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017, released this month, shows. The number of nuclear reactor units under construction is, however, declining globally for the fourth year in a row, from 68 reactors at the end of 2013 to 53 by mid-2017, the report says.
    “The latest report further reveals that most nuclear reactor constructions are behind schedule, with delays resulting in increase in project costs and delay in power generation. There are 37 reactor constructions behind schedule, of which 19 reported further delays over the past year. In India itself, five out of the six reactors under construction are behind schedule. Eight nuclear power projects have been under construction globally for a decade or more, of which three have been so for over 30 years.

    “In the foreword, S. David Freeman, an American energy policy expert who led the Tennessee Valley Authority under U.S. President Jimmy Carter, writes that the debate regarding the value of nuclear energy ‘is over’. ‘The most decisive part of this report is the final section — Nuclear Power vs Renewable Energy Development…. [cont.]

  • freebywill

    EQ approx 7km SW of Columbia_NPS

    M 1.9 – 16km N of West Richland, Washington
    2017-09-24 09:35:20 UTC 46.450°N 119.382°W 17.1 km depth

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