Report: News that reactor vessel fell off train kept secret for nearly a month — Now sits outside under a tarp in Georgia and seems to be partially open to the elements (PHOTO)

Published: January 23rd, 2013 at 3:45 pm ET
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Title: Nuclear train wreck
Source: Connect Savannah
Author: Jim Morekis
Date: January 15, 2013
h/t Smoking Caster

Nuclear train wreck

[…] Fast forward to Dec. 15, 2012, when the [new] 300-ton reactor vessel you bought more or less fell off a train.

[…] the vessel “became misaligned” with the specially built railroad car it was on […]

But it gets weirder: The media, and therefore the public, didn’t find about the reactor vessel accident until Jan. 10, nearly a month later. […]

A month after the train accident, the reactor vessel — as the accompanying photo indicates — apparently sits near the port of Savannah […]

“It appears that multiple violations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s regulations concerning components may have been committed and may be ongoing,” says [Tom Clements of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability], observing that the vessel seems to be partially open to the elements and not under serious guard against tampering. […]

View the latest photos of the reactor vessel here

Published: January 23rd, 2013 at 3:45 pm ET
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11 comments to Report: News that reactor vessel fell off train kept secret for nearly a month — Now sits outside under a tarp in Georgia and seems to be partially open to the elements (PHOTO)

  • richard richard

    Nice. Thats a multi million dollar lose to the industry.

    They can't/shouldn't use it now. Hopefully it's a very expensive blow to the owners.

    These are the types of 'accident' we need more of, a lot more.

    • lam335 lam335

      The NRC will probably send out some inspectors who will superficially examine it and declare that it's perfectly safe to use.

      Even if it might have been damaged, they will say that an accident resulting from it is very low probability, and so they will be willing to bank on the fact that no accident will occur that will strain it sufficiently to cause any major problems.

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        OOoorrrrr…. they'll just 'adjust' for it in the budget. Ratepayers can afford it – nuclear is almost too cheap to meter.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    A little duct tape and it will be good as new.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Nothing but scrap metal at this point. Hence the lawsuits from contractors, who are in violation of their timetables.

    The question is how long will it take to get a replacement, and for how much? Didn't this take almost 3 years to build?

    And I would say there's no insurance on this at all. Is the railroad now responsible for replacement and all future delays in the site's expansion? No insurance company can afford this disaster. So on to the taxpayers backs?

  • dosdos dosdos

    "On time, under budget." Pipe dream before the accident. The most dangerous part of a nuclear reactor is the owners.

  • m a x l i

    A steel vessel had the bravery
    To shake off nuclear slavery
    Took the chance
    Performed some dance
    Went on a run
    That was fun
    After some rolling in the end
    Is doing camping under a tent
    Marvellous free spirit sensation
    We wish you a long vacation

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    OT. I have to wonder if there is Fuku dust mixed in with this:

    Sickening fog settles over Salt Lake City area
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130123/us-toxic-fog-utah/?utm_hp_ref=technology&ir=technology

  • stopnp stopnp

    Yay! This is just south of me. As holes. This industry needs to disappear from the planet.