Guardian: Fire at nuclear power plant triggers major emergency response — ‘Noise’ and smoke still coming from site (PHOTO)

Published: April 21st, 2013 at 12:32 pm ET
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Guardian: A fire at a nuclear power plant triggered a major response by emergency services after smoke was seen billowing into the air. Police and fire crews were called to Hartlepool power station at about 6.30pm on Saturday after a blaze broke out while a turbine was being reactivated. The fire caused smoke to billow from the plant but Cleveland police said it was drifting away from nearby homes. Firefighters extinguished the blaze but remained on site as a precaution [...]

ITV News: The emergency services are dealing with what they are describing as a “small fire” at Hartlepool Nuclear power station, owned by EDF Energy. Cleveland Fire Brigade said more than 10 fire engines were sent to the scene of the plant near Seaton Carew. The blaze has now been extinguished. In a statement, Cleveland Police said there have been no injuries as a result of the fire and have reassured residents that although smoke can still be seen and noise heard from the site, the fire is out. [...]

Statement from firefighters: “There is smoke billowing as a result of the fire, but it is currently heading in a direction that does not cause any implications for members of the public.”

See also: Emergency declared after fire at U.S. nuclear plant -- Lasted almost 30 minutes

Published: April 21st, 2013 at 12:32 pm ET
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55 comments to Guardian: Fire at nuclear power plant triggers major emergency response — ‘Noise’ and smoke still coming from site (PHOTO)

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Billowing smoke? Don't worry, there's no immediate threat (sarc).

    ~End Nuclear Plower Plants~


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  • amberlight amberlight

    “There is smoke billowing as a result of the fire, but it is currently heading in a direction that does not cause any implications for members of the public.”

    So, which direction IS it headed in, someplace where people and animals and food crops don't exist—like outer space?

    It's as if there is a nuclear Situation Room somewhere and their primary job is to see how far they can go with their stupid, contradictory statements before the dumbed down public finally says "Waaaait a minute…"


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    • pcjensen

      yeah, exactly – it will land somewhere, soil, water, plants, animals, maybe even humans. Firefighters ought not be allowed to make comments on nuclear radiation physics. not qualified. Just plain stupid.


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      • harengus_acidophilus

        Yes, indeed.

        > Firefighters ought not be allowed to make comments on nuclear
        > radiation physics. not qualified. Just plain stupid.

        As I've had said, one year ago, on this site.

        h.


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    • lickerface lickerface

      I'm sure "the public" is only = humans directly.

      Crops likely aren't considered in emergencies. Strontium-90 has a sort halflife and is seen as unharmful to humans not in a plume's direct path, but it's still a harm when milk cows eat the strontium-laced grass and produce contaminated milk.


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      • harengus_acidophilus

        I disagree strongly.

        > Strontium-90 has a short halflife and is seen as unharmful
        > to humans not in a plume's direct path,

        Strontium-90 has a halflife of 28,78 years. It undergoes
        β− decay into yttrium-90, with a decay energy of 0.546 MeV.

        You have to wait 10 halflifes, way more than a human life.

        "Seen as unharmful to humans"? Not really.

        h.


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      • SmokinSess SmokinSess

        Strontium90 is a nasty, silent killer-b*tch! to me, it's more scarier than Plutonium. sr90 the "bone-seeker". you will/can get leukemia from that evil stuff. half-life is almost the same as cesium 137.


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    • Trawling4Trolls

      I believe you have said more than you believe, or exactly as you believe ..

      "It's as if there is a nuclear Situation Room somewhere and their primary job is to see how far they can go with their stupid, contradictory statements before the dumbed down public finally says "Waaaait a minute…" "

      That Situation Room is heavily staffed by GE personnel in one minute and U.S. Navy personnel the next.

      They're joined at the hip as part of DARPA's professional trolling services.


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    FUBAR, we seem to seeing the results of cutting conrners is showing up world wide, do they think we all can live under ground like rats?


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  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    What a pity it was no full blown turbine oil blaze.
    We need such an accident.


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    • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

      Well, speak for yourself. No accident is needed or wanted. Only rational decisions. All nuclear power plants should be shut down because there is no safe nuclear reaction. There have already been way too many accidents. Way too many people have already been killed. Just wake up and stop killing people and the planet.


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      • Atomfritz Atomfritz

        Anne, the big problem is not what has been released already.
        The problem is what has not yet been released (the spent fuel fission products of thousands of reactor years.
        If, for example, New York or Washington would become uninhabitable and to have be abandoned, people would awake.
        The earlier, the better.


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        • ion jean ion jean

          I have to agree as annihilistic as that sounds…at least our governor here in VT plans some new taxes this year for Entergy to pay per spent fuel rod of overload in the pools and toll the time to mention on air that even dry cask storage is not a safe solution for our state…go Peter Shumlin!


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          • ion jean ion jean

            Sorry: TOOK the time to mention

            RE: Hyperoverloaded spent fuel pool at Vermont Yankee, you know, the one with the broken air compressor. Add that to 40yearold corroding pipes and joints and there might as well just be a white sheet tossed over the whole reactor building it would do a better job of keeping in the fission waste products

            Tritium, tritium everywhere and not a drop to drink !


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        • blackbuddha blackbudda

          sad but truth, +1


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        • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

          Of course, more is worse. But, unfortunately, the amount of radiation already released is a very big problem to all the billions who will die as a result and the destroyed human genome. Please do not finish off the small remnant which might be still possible. Too much of the world has already been destroyed forever.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Wow, you've got some kind of sick death wish, AtomFritz.


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  • lickerface lickerface

    "There is smoke billowing as a result of the fire, but it is currently heading in a direction that does not cause any implications for members of the public.”

    This is an admission of radionuclide release by omission of direct facts. They did say it had implications, but they didn't directly say it was dangerous smoke. It is implied. For them to admit risk by means of misdirection is alarming.


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    • Atomfritz Atomfritz

      Not necessarily.
      The oils burning there are a hazardous chemical concoction, and its smoke is way more dangerous than that of a campfire.
      A turbine hall blaze like the 1978 Beloyarsk-2 one would be very helpful.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    I think it's important to note that the smoke is coming from the reactor building…


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    • Atomfritz Atomfritz

      Where did you find that information?
      A blaze in the reactor building would be indeed better.
      Remember, it's an AGR and could burn almost as good as a Windscale pile.


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      • Jebus Jebus

        Atom, if you could just see, on many levels.

        1. The picture is right in front of you, and a quick orientation check of that radiation plant, shows the smoke is coming from the reactor building.
        2. No one wants any radiation plant to blow up, meltdown, or otherwise. It's kind of the whole point of the "shut the fuckers down" movement.

        Maybe you just don't get it?


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        • Atomfritz Atomfritz

          Umm, are you sure it's smoke and no steam release?

          And, do the photos really reveal whether it comes from the RB (dark large high bldg) or the TB (flat grey bldg)?

          IMO we need some really serious nuke accident in a densely-populated area in a first-world country to give the anti-nuke movement a boost.
          My favorite scenario would be Dimona going up in the raining season. This easily could solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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          • Jebus Jebus

            The things that we love tell us what we are. – Thomas Aquinas


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          • Sickputer

            AF offers this pithy request: "IMO we need some really serious nuke accident in a densely-populated area in a first-world country to give the anti-nuke movement a boost."

            SP: Nobody for any reason "needs" a dead zone from a runaway nuclear plant. Anyway, we already have one in Japan. Certainly not as spectacular as you might desire, but give it time. That death machine has not yet begun to show its muscle.

            When you have a nuclear megaplex where nobody can get near several of the reactors because they will fry your DNA… Then yes there is already a continuing disaster that will get much worse.

            Posted today:

            "(A person in Da-te county Fukushima)
            My relative of mother’s side entered reactor4. He told me about details but looked very sick and bad. He said reactor2 is too scary, he doesn’t get close to it."

            http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/express-important-statement-my-relative-entered-reactor4-he-looks-really-sick-and-said-reactor2-is-too-scary-to-get-close/


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          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            atomfritz; IMO we need some really serious nuke accident in a densely-populated area…

            Fukushima, considered by many to be the worst catastrophe caused by humans ever. Many people affected, including Tokyo which Gunderson calls a nuclear waste site. A wish come true, eh Atomfritz? Funny thing, is that if it happened in New York or France, there would still be people, maybe even an atomfritz, arguing that its not so bad and people dont know what theyre talking about. Strange world


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          • stopnp stopnp

            Worked great for Chernobyl right?


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        • PurpleRain PurpleRain

          I think that having to call in 10 fire engines is telling us that it is a little more serious then just a "small fire," don't you think? That is what seems most concerning to me.


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      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        What is AGR?

        Electricity is produced through the use of two advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGR). Hartlepool was only the third nuclear power station in the United Kingdom to use AGR technology. Hartlepool power station was also the first power station to be built as close to a major urban area.

        Definitely nothing to do with AGR – A Green Road :)


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        • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

          Sadly, the history of modern civilization is that people generally do the wrong things over and over again, until a huge crisis hits, and then they SOMETIMES do the right thing.

          With nuclear power, it will probably take a huge nuclear disaster in the US for anything to change appreciably.

          Very few people are even interesting in learning enough to protect themselves..


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      • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

        He also wants us all to read all the state controlled Russian media. He is just spoiling for death unbounded.


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  • So the Northern North Sea is radioactive this week. Then there's all those peta bequerels in barrels off Dogger. Then there's this off Norfolk..

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311217/Nuclear-power-station-leaking-radioactive-waste-months-says-Environment-Agency.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    and 20 or so Frog plants just belching tritium all the time..

    http://www.kare-uk.org/magnoxes.htm

    Keep giving to find a cure for Cancer..


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    • harengus_acidophilus

      So stupid, this newspaper.

      > Dungeness B in Kent has been leaking more than
      > agreed levels of Tritium. But the variant of hydrogen
      > has not seeped into domestic water supply. Even if it had,
      > the levels detected would pose no danger to the public.

      I see: "Has not seeped, even if it had, no danger for the public."

      Every sentence a denial of the last one.

      So, even there is danger, it's not serious,
      even if it's serious, it's not deadly,
      even if it's deadly, it will untouch your soul …

      …maybye.

      h.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Nothing but coverups and minimizations can be expected.

    Is Fukushima really in cold shutdown? via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/fukushima-is-it-really-in-cold-shutdown.html

    Ex Fukushima Engineer Confesses; No Cold Shutdown, Warned of Tsunami 20 Yrs Ago; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/ex-fukushima-engineer-confesses-no-cold.html


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    The noise is explained;

    "During incidents such as this, there are several procedures that take place including the venting of steam generators. This particular process causes noise, which residents of nearby areas such as Seaton Carew may hear.

    Yup, and they may detect radiation too, but only if they bought their own Geiger detectors, cause no one else will them them diddly.


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  • >But the variant of hydrogen
    > has not seeped into domestic water supply.
    Why would it? Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen. If vented into the air, it would normally head for the stratosphere where eventually it would boil off into outer space. Unfortunately, a lot of people may breathe it in before it has a chance to rise. That is, unless it ignites by passing near a flame or spark. In that case it becomes heavy water vapor, forms clouds, and becomes rain.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    “There is smoke billowing as a result of the fire, but it is currently heading in a direction that does not cause any implications for members of the public.”

    The deadly scorpions loose in your house are currently heading in a direction that does not cause any implications for members of your family


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  • Cavebear Cavebear

    Whatever happened, we won´t hear the truth anyway. 'Nothing to see here, move on'.

    About what Atomfritz said: 'IMO we need some really serious nuke accident in a densely-populated area in a first-world country to give the anti-nuke movement a boost.'

    Well. How big should the disaster be that people really start to jump out of their chairs? Would the situation really be different if the wind had blown the shit directly to Tokyo?

    'BREAKING NEWS: Tokyo evacuated. Millions without a home. Half of Japan a radioactive desert.'

    Sounds good and surely top news. But for how long? 3 Weeks, 6 Weeks? How many Countries would shut down their NPP´s because of that? Is there a disaster big enough at all? Man seems to never learn no matter what happens. History repeats itself.

    <b>To make it absolutely clear: NOBODY wants to see a disaster like that. So please don't get this wrong and think that i am looking forward to see a country being turned into a radioactive desert!</b>


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  • pb_praha pb_praha

    The tawdry story of the UK's misguided attempt to play little brother to the US…

    <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ4vtUzG6sQ&quot; title="Windscale Britains Biggest Nuclear Disaster">Windscale Britains Biggest Nuclear Disaster</a>

    idiots…


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  • Wreedles Wreedles

    "Billowing" smoke, yet a "small" fire.

    Earth to media: We don't need the damned spin, kthxbai.


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  • fill er up

    all future nuke plants should be built where the filthy rich people live, us peasants have had enough!


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