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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
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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”

See also: Anonymous Insider: "Something grossly wrong" at California nuclear plant -- Fears for his safety -- Potential reactor meltdown if restarted (VIDEO)

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