Photo: Masking tape, plastic bags, broomsticks used on leak at U.S. nuclear plant — “We are dealing with unknown territory here which has never been explored before”

Published: April 30th, 2013 at 9:52 am ET


Title: Exclusive photograph shows plastic bags, tape, broomsticks used to fix leak at San Onofre
Source: ABC 10 News
Author: Mitch Blacher
Date: April 30, 2013

An inside source gave Team 10 a picture snapped inside the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) showing plastic bags, masking tape and broom sticks used to stem a massive leaky pipe. […]

Source: ABC 10News

The anonymous source said the picture was taken in December 2012. […]

“[Staff] identified a small leak in the water box and will perform maintenance per our scheduling process,” SCE [Southern California Edison] spokeswoman Maureen Brown wrote in a statement. “In the meantime, plastic is in place to direct the water from the small leak to a drain.” […]

Records obtained by Team 10 show SONGS staff were concerned about “hundreds of corrosion notifications” and “degraded equipment” throughout the plant. Staff sent a letter to management saying SONGS “clearly has a serious corrosion problem” in pipes throughout the plant. […]

Inside Sources

  • “If that’s nuclear technology at work and that’s how we’re going to control leaks I think the public should know”
  • Sources also pointed to what appears to be corrosion on the pipe as a sign of the power plant’s age
  • They claim rust is rampant throughout SONGS — including what sources call a fire suppression pipe, which protects both units
  • “We are dealing with unknown territory here which has never been explored before”
  • Two inside sources called restarting SONGS “risky”
  • “This is nuclear, this should be tip top”
  • “Everything in that plant should be tip top, not bottom of the barrel”

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Published: April 30th, 2013 at 9:52 am ET


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21 comments to Photo: Masking tape, plastic bags, broomsticks used on leak at U.S. nuclear plant — “We are dealing with unknown territory here which has never been explored before”

  • markww markww

    get ready for another big disaster


    • harengus_acidophilus

      Serving the daily dish of fear?

      Some days ago I've had read some wise words on this site:
      > Firefighters ought not be allowed to make comments on nuclear
      > radiation physics. not qualified. Just plain stupid.

      By the way:
      what about your nuke-like explosions you always predict?


      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Firefighters are trained extensively, h_a, to assess the soundness of any structure before they enter, and during firefighting and rescue operations. They are also highly trained, in the larger urban areas and locations near NPP's, in radiation dangers and detection.

        We're not nuclear physicists, but we know the dangers involved, and how far gone this planet is from uncontained radiation.

        Explosions? Santa Susana, Chernobyl, Fukushima Daiichi – there will be more. And looking at some of these mickey mouse fixes, they will happen sooner rather than later. The people in charge no longer have control over these death machines exploding, unless they shut them all down.

        • We Not They Finally

          Second the motion. People who patch up nuclear plant with masking tape shouldn't be dissing trained firefighters who actually care about human life.

      • Trawling4Trolls

        It is just a matter of time with these arrogant death machines, harengus.

        Daily fear or daily wisdom.

    • sentinelle sentinelle

      Agree. Either repair, or prepare for the consequences. Being as our powers in charge have a mindset of waiting until after something happens to take action, and repressing panic is more important than the honest facts and people's well being – I totally agree with "get ready". At least have duct tape (or downgrade to masking) and plastic at easy reach, and a broom stick. I guess the broom stick is for a speedy flight out.

  • Whoever used "masking tape" instead of "duct tape" should be fired.

  • patb2009

    Broom Sticks?

    What, they ran out of Baling wire?

    • jec jec

      Nope, they used repo broomsticks from out of business halloween witches. Well, its as logical as using masking tape, plastic and such for stopping radioactive leaks…

  • Sickputer

    This is a big public relations embarrassment for all the nuke plants. Going to be tougher to get those cell phone cameras into plant operation areas in the future… The phones are burning up from company headquarters to all the plants.. New security policies soon to be implemented.

    We'll see how many mainstream news outlets pick up this story.

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    Maybe the super-glue & silly-putty are on back order – Antarctica is looking better & better all the time.

  • Sickputer

    We use pink tape in Texas… 🙂

    SP: Makes you wonder how the morale is at nuclear plants lately….

    Check out the SONGS portfolio: Wow…when the good times rolled and everybody ate the blue pill:

  • norbu norbu

    Gorilla duct tape is the best…

  • We Not They Finally

    So I take it that SONGS stands for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station? That must make all of the above all the "songs and dances" we are hearing about this dangerously degenerating place. Scary.

  • ftlt

    Radioactive isotopes decay steel… 40 years designs where high in the first place… Now, they've gone beyond that..

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Also the new gen iv tech that is being rammed through is run at much higher temps, stressing the metal further.. and my understanding is the metal will take at least 15 years to forge.. imagine the room for fraud…

      why are we wasting our time and money on this crap???

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Because the loans are coming from tax dollars – your pocket – and you are assuming all the liability to both repay those loans, and all liability costs if anything goes wrong.

        While all profits go to management, the shareholders and 'loan advisers', which you probably aren't one.

        That's how it all works.

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    "the public should know"
    that is where it all begins doesn't it
    hope it is not too late

  • gnomesang gnomesang

    growing up downwind of TMI and having lived the past 25 years downwind of SONGS, i know my life span has been shortened. to what degree? who knows…fuck nuclear.