Title: San Onofre Officials Investigating Case of Potential Sabotage
Source: Voice of OC
Date: November 9, 2012
Officials at the idled San Onofre nuclear power plant are investigating why coolant was found in an important piece of safety equipment during recent maintenance and are trying to determine whether it was an accident or sabotage, according to federal regulators and the plant’s operator.
Plant officials told regulators on Oct. 30 that they discovered coolant mixed with oil that helps run an emergency diesel generator in Unit 3, federal and utility officials confirmed Thursday.
“They don’t know right now how the coolant got in there,” said John Reynoso, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspector at San Onofre. [...]
The failure of emergency generators at Fukushima was cited as one of several factors in that plant’s meltdown last year. [...]
If the coolant had been left in place and the generators activated, Edison believes the governor, which controls the generator’s speed and prevents it from running too fast, would have failed, Reynoso said. [...]
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Published: November 9th, 2012 at 12:25 pm ET