Leak at Shut Down California Nuke Plant: “Likely to persist for some days” — Officials “must immediately say if leak is radioactive” (VIDEO)

Published: October 23rd, 2012 at 11:50 am ET


Title: San Onofre: Hydrogen Gas Leak From Crippled Reactor Exposes Danger of Restart
Source: ENews Park Forest
Date: October 22 2012

Friends of the Earth: Edison must immediately say if leak is radioactive

A reactor at the crippled San Onofre nuclear power plant is leaking hydrogen gas into the environment, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Although it is not yet known if the leaking gas is radioactive, Friends of Earth said the latest trouble at San Onofre is strong evidence that the plant is not safe to restart.

According to a NRC bulletin issued Sunday, an unknown quantity of hydrogen gas was leaking from Reactor 2, which like Reactor 3 has been closed since a leak of radioactive steam in January and the discovery of severely damaged steam generators. The NRC did not say what caused the leak.

“There are critical questions that Edison must answer immediately,” said Damon Moglen, energy and climate director at Friends of the Earth. “Is the leaking hydrogen radioactive? And was the leak caused by heating up the plant’s steam generators in advance preparation for restart? […]”

This past weekend, Edison was conducting tests that include bringing the reactor to normal operating pressure and temperature, using offsite electrical power. The steam generators will be hot and pressurized. The leak is likely to persist for some days, as the only way to stop such a leak is to depressurize and lower the temperature of the reactor and its coolant system. […]

Watch KTLA’s report from last night on the leak here

Published: October 23rd, 2012 at 11:50 am ET


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9 comments to Leak at Shut Down California Nuke Plant: “Likely to persist for some days” — Officials “must immediately say if leak is radioactive” (VIDEO)

  • arclight arclight

    how can they say that anything is radioactive?

    USA cuts the budget for The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)

    Occupy the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) WTF??? WHY ARE WE CUTTING THE DNDO BUDGET BY 40%??? Shouldn’t we be INCREASING the detection of radiation in our country b/c there’s an ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan and the prevailing winds are in OUR direction?? It rains down in OUR crops, contaminates OUR food supply, and gets in OUR air and water!! Would someone please explain that to the people in charge!!! Never mind the fact that many of our own 104 aging nuclear power plants also leak and when they do the leaking is invisible. Shouldn’t we be spending MORE on monitoring all of this instead of cutting the budget by 40%?? In the middle of an ongoing nuclear disaster it seems really stupid to be slashing the radiation monitoring budget


    odd huh?

    • arclight arclight

      ahem best to sign the petitions on the link provided maybe?

      saikado hantai!!

    • Sickputer

      aeclight sez "it seems really stupid to be slashing the radiation monitoring budget"

      SP: Stupid is as stupid does. The nucleocrats are stupid like a fox. They know that it doesn't matter how many people favor an issue or how many votes a candidate gets…it's who counts the votes and makes the public policy decisions.

      When you control public opinion by suppressing the real dangers then the rest of the mind control is easier.

      "It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." Joseph Stalin

  • arclight arclight

    Emails against nuclear plants – deleted by NRC
    March 16th, 2011 – NRC Deleted Over 100 E-mails From Members of the Public Demanding Immediate Closure of US Nuclear Plants


    blimey! christinas been busy then?

  • arclight arclight

    some near honesty.. sort of from the "magazine" section (not news) from the BBC

    22 October 2012

    Palomares bombs: Spain waits for US to finish nuclear clean-up
    By Gerry HaddenPRI’s The World

    Actually, just how much plutonium is still out there is hard to determine, because the US has never said how much the bombs were carrying to begin with. But Spanish investigator Carlos Sancho estimates that between 15 and 25 pounds (7 and 11kg) of the material ended up in the soil. Sancho, who runs the Palomares section of the Spanish Department of Energy, insists it does not pose health risks.

    […]“In the movie, they had all this really awesome underwater technology that got the bomb. But in real life, it was much harder to first locate, and then recover the bomb from the sea bed.”
    “The earth there can’t be moved because the plutonium is latent in the soil,” he says. “If we disturb the soil the plutonium could be dispersed.”


    funny old story that one!
    first rule of covering your back… destroy the evidence, deny everything, find a scapegoat…

    tsung tsu
    old chinese stuff
    written for WPP 😉

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Shut it Down-Forever! If they don't get that plant up and running by Nov. 1st they will no longer be able to pass along costs currently paid by rate payers. The Nuke Operator is in a mad dash to the finish line to get it up and running. The NRC is the facilitator. Money, Money, Money, they are about to start bleeding money. They are freakin' out now. Double-Triple over-time for everyone!! "Get the RedBull out we are going to be up all night boys!" Don't mess up now guys, you could kill millions, contaminate 10's of thousands of acres and contaminate the food supply of the nations. Give it up, go home, shut it down before you kill everybody.

  • Jebus Jebus

    I'm surprised that no one is questioning where the hydrogen is coming from. Traditionally hydrogen is "split" from H2O using electrolysis, or with electricity.
    I don't think they are doing that, do you?
    How are they making the steam pressure to test the system. Boilers? No hydrogen generated there. That would be tough to do.
    It has only been recent that "scientists" have been able to generate hydrogen from high pressure steam,
    although it's a possibility, there are surely procedures and methods employed that mitigate hydrogen the in the primary and secondary loops. It would be bad in these closed loops to have highly flammible hydrogen gas. I would think that they don't even allow any non steam "gaps" in these loops before the condensers. "Are they pressurizing the primary loop? Where is the hydrogen coming from then? The only answer that I can come up with is that there is hydrogen being generated in the core or it has been building up from a damaged core.
    Does anyone have any input on this. Where's the hydrogen coming from?
    Did they pull the moderator rods out a bit to generate this steam?
    Is this a larger issue than they are letting on to?
    Did we have a partial meltdown to a rod or two?

    • razzz razzz

      You will have to wait for Arnie or someone with knowledge with starting up this type of reactor (different than at Fukushima).

      Your different scenarios are all possible but I didn't even see where they got permission to restart yet. If this was a test phase then it failed.

      The plant is run by morons overseen by more morons at the NRC.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    The budget for detection is being cut to accommodate the lengthening of operating time for already aged reactors for an additional 80 years which was proposed last week by the NRC. The rationale by the NRC, which they publicly floated in the media after Fukushima with great success and little resistance, is the notion that low level radiation is completely harmless. These 2 actions are inextricably linked. This is the industry's window of opportunity.