Mystery fire at Ft. Calhoun nuke plant: Disabled ability to cool spent fuel pool — Feds sending special team of inspectors to learn more — Reactor will not restart until cause determined

Published: September 12th, 2011 at 7:57 pm ET


Nuke plant fire gets closer look, Omaha World Herald by Nancy Gaarder, September 12, 2011:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending a special team of inspectors to Nebraska to learn more about a fire at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station not long after flooding […]

The Omaha Public Power District, which owns the plant, has said that it does not believe the June 8 fire was related to flooding […]

The fire briefly disabled the plant’s ability to cool its spent fuel pool. […]

Regulators have said the plant not resume operations until officials know what caused the fire. […]

h/t Anonymous tip

See also [intlink id=”fire-knocks-out-spent-fuel-cooling-at-nuclear-plant-near-omaha-operating-under-heightened-alert-level-because-of-nearby-flooding-on-missouri-river” type=”post” target=”_blank”]{{empty}}[/intlink] -June 10th, 2011

Published: September 12th, 2011 at 7:57 pm ET


Related Posts

  1. NRC takes “unusual step” of sending top regional regulator and more inspectors to troubled Omaha nuke plant (PHOTO) June 17, 2011
  2. Two-thirds of hot nuclear fuel remains in reactor core at Calhoun plant even though media claims it was ‘shut down’ for refueling and maintenance June 17, 2011
  3. Problems continue to emerge at troubled Ft. Calhoun: Now worse than worst grade a reactor can have and still operate — Plus cause of fire that knocked out spent fuel pool cooling this summer remains unknown January 9, 2012
  4. Inland Tsunami? Dam breaking could inundate nuke plant near Omaha — Equivalent of Fukushima’s tsunami (AUDIO) June 10, 2011
  5. NRC now sending ‘Augmented Inspection Team’ to quake-hit Virginia nuke plant — Does not ‘necessarily’ mean reactors are any less safe, stresses NRC August 30, 2011

44 comments to Mystery fire at Ft. Calhoun nuke plant: Disabled ability to cool spent fuel pool — Feds sending special team of inspectors to learn more — Reactor will not restart until cause determined

  • CindyH

    … and now we take a brief commercial brake…

  • socal stukncali

    Mother Earth is telling us to quit fucking with nuclear energy!

  • CindyH

    Fukushima Report: From Hong Kong

    Tonight, among other guest, we have Yoichi Shimatsu, from Hong Kong with his Fukushima Report.

    Appears to be the last guest during the broadcast starting at 10:00 PM EDT until 1:00 AM EDT.

  • CB CB

    Duck Duck Goose.

  • StillJill StillJill

    oopsy-daisy! TPTB are not sleeping well AT ALL these past few days! Ahh shucks!

    • arclight arclight

      i think the nuke finance mob,have a bigger sweat on, wondering how to save the hundreds of billions invested in this ridiculous water boiling fiasco!!! 🙂

      • Steven Steven

        Search back through a thousand years of history and find me one instance where the common folk didn’t end up paying for the mistakes made by their ‘betters’.

  • Jebus Jebus

    “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending a special team of inspectors to Nebraska to learn more about a fire at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station not long after flooding”

    Didn’t they already send that team in when the bubble..err doughnut..err Berm got skewered…?

    How many special teams do they have?

  • WindorSolarPlease

    I encourage anyone lucky enough to have geiger counters to keep checking, especially in that area. Then please, post.. post.. post.. your findings, even if it is in the safe limits, just to give the people an extra sigh of relief.

    I really don’t like that we have all this radiation around us. Life is hard enough without man made trouble to contend with.

    • Still getting .15 to .20 here, Willamette Valley. No rain in a long time. I will be traveling across the country to Florida soon (ailing parents in their 90s) and will take readings wherever I can.

      • Jebus Jebus

        What are your counts per minute on a ten minute average?

        I have been getting a consistant 19 to 20 cpm’s (air reading) averaged and graphed over days. I am curious if this will go up after thursdays rain forecast here in SW Wash.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Have a safe trip risabee, sorry your parents are not feeling well.

        It will be interesting what it says on your counter in Florida. I also have some family there.

        I have to admit. I really only understand CPM on a ten minute average.
        Thank you for the readings though.

  • midwestern midwestern

    “Leas: Entergy’s case to keep operating Vermont Yankee falls of its own weight”:

  • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

    Just wanted to respond…so far, the geiger counter readings that we’ve done in the Bay Area (Marin, SF, East Bay) have been within the normal range. It hasn’t rained here for a long time (once recently, but someone was borrowing the GC)so that may make a difference. It seems like Canada has gotten some prety high readings; maybe it’s just where it’s concentrating, I don’t know.

    I have tried strapping it on my bike just to see what I get. It’s interesting, for the most part it reads normal, but every once in a while it jumps up to a high reading. I am wondering if it might be hitting a hot particle…just my amateur suspicion, does anyone know?

    Although it makes me feel a little less concerned, I know the geiger counter isn’t detecting alpha radiation, so it could be missing some important stuff. Also, I still have been pretty sporadic about it, trying to fit it into a busy life. So I can’t say I have thoroughly checked. But at least for now I feel a little less freaked out.

    I will be checking more. I plan on testing water filters, air filters, more gutters, etc. when I get a chance.

    • Net

      Thanks for the update. 🙂

    • Undertow

      Normal in socal too, although we had our first big rains in a long time a couple days over the past week. Readings by the ground spiked a bit just after the rain compared to readings higher above the ground. But to be fair I hadn’t been checking the ground before the rain. Air readings were no different after the rain.

      The most interesting find with the geiger counter so far has been radioactive depression glass. There’s an old green glass jug we got at an antique store and the readings spike when the Geiger counter is near it. Found a couple more pieces at my parents’ house.

      They used to use uranium to get the coloring in the early 1900s.

  • Hi Guys,

    I think I found something quite serious. Please give me feedback as I’m not sure.

    I may have to delete this post if I haven’t. This is my own research and I only work in IT.

    • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

      Definitely interesting…

    • Net

      I think there could be a connection.

    • Undertow

      I’d guess it has something to do with things getting kicked up from Nevada. Shoshone is just west of the Nevada Test Site where most of the nuclear weapons were tested in the continental USA. Apparently they were bombarded with fallout regularly and probably still get it when the wind blows the right direction.

      I don’t think it’s fuku related because Shoshone hardly gets any rain (Death Valley is also next to Shoshone). Probably not San Onofre related either because it is a long shot for the wind to make it there from San Onofre. Check readings in Riverside county or around the city of Chino for what probably would end up being downwind from the plant.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Here’s my personal opinion.
    When a 30 year old, amped up (extra enriched uranium), increased pressure (Over 2000 psi), pressurized water reactor, scrams within a couple of seconds, there is not much margin for error in the time it takes for the core to heat up. If that scram is “late” and cooling flow is interrupted for the time it takes to get the gensets up and producing, there will be hydrogen production. All reactors have a provision to vent hydrogen (BWR’s) and or excess pressure (PWR’s) so that they don’t do a hindenberg. They vent it or flame it away. When that release happens and we all know that they sometimes vent even without a scram event, then they also vent Iodine 131.
    End of story…

  • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

    Cool…we have twitter on this site now! I’ve never twittered before, but I’m always open to trying something new… 🙂

  • Ft Calhoun…what a surprise…berms broke long ago and we all believed everything was still ok?

    …Who in the Wide Wide World of Sports is gonna believe anything the World Wide Nuclear Industry is gonna P.R.?

    …The P.R.’rs are all Ponzie Lies just like the World Banking system’s.

    Party like its 1999 folks.

    red red wine

  • M Curie M Curie

    Power Reactor Event Number: 47260
    Facility: FORT CALHOUN
    Region: 4 State: NE
    Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
    RX Type: (1) CE
    HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN Notification Date: 09/13/2011
    Notification Time: 13:00 [ET]
    Event Date: 09/13/2011
    Event Time: 08:22 [CDT]
    Last Update Date: 09/13/2011
    Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
    10 CFR Section:
    50.72(b)(3)(xiii) – LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
    Person (Organization):

    Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
    1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

    Event Text


    “VA-106, TSC HVAC Unit VA-107 Rooftop Condensing Unit, tripped off and attempts to restart were unsuccessful. The cause of VA-106 tripping is unknown at this time. Troubleshooting is in progress.

    “This condition renders the Technical Support Center unavailable for Emergency Planning Responses. Approved compensatory actions are to relocate personnel to alternate facilities if required. This condition is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) for Loss of Emergency Preparedness Capabilities.”

    The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector

  • Lets move on and bring more solar. Lets do more. Please sign my petition to the President for more clean tech funding.