Reporters at Byron Press Conference: A lot of people are calling us about a loud noise — Was a special emergency response team on scene? (VIDEO)

Published: January 30th, 2012 at 6:21 pm ET
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Title: Fire crews called to Byron nuclear plant for rare, unusual event
Source: WREX
Date: Jan 30, 2012

Transcript Summary

At 1:20 in

Spokesman: Not sure why one reactor shut down and one stayed running

At 1:25 in

Reporter: We’re hearing a loud noise… A lot of people are calling us about a loud noise. Can you tell us about that?

At 2:30 in

Spokesman: Tritium releases not a concern because it dissipates quickly

At 2:45 in

Reporter: The loud noise can you tell us about that?

Spokesman: We’ll be hearing that for hours to come… throughout the day possibly into the night

At 3:30 in

Spokesman: ‘Unusual Event’ is an emergency classification used by the NRC

At 4:20 in

Reporter: How is it that one reactor is up and one is down?

At 4:50 in

Reporter: Was a RIT?? team called into here today. Some type of emergency response team from like Ogle County?

Published: January 30th, 2012 at 6:21 pm ET
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19 comments to Reporters at Byron Press Conference: A lot of people are calling us about a loud noise — Was a special emergency response team on scene? (VIDEO)

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    “Reporter: We’re hearing a loud noise… A lot of people are calling us about a loud noise. Can you tell us about that?

    At 2:30 in

    Spokesman: Tritium releases not a concern because it dissipates quickly

    At 2:45 in

    Reporter: The loud noise can you tell us about that?

    Spokesman: We’ll be hearing that for hours to come… throughout the day possibly into the night”

    The noise is the voice of thousands of dead victims of TMI, Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, 50 years of Atomic bomb tests and now Fukushima screaming from the grave…….”STOP THE INSANITY NOW”!!


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      • Bones Bones

        Scary indeed. The next few weeks will prove interesting as we learn what is going on now. These reporters need our support! The blatant cover-up going on is pointing to a much worse situation. We need to get people to measure the rad levels in that area and down plume I think was mentioned is Chicago. Get levels everyday for the next month and try to get air samples on filters so the types of isotopes released can be identified.

        If you are from Chicago or down plume from this accident, please, even if you don’t have a geiger counter, just find a way to push outside air through an air filter and replace a new one at midnight every night. That way we can determine what was actually released and be able to hold these SOB’s accountable.


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    • And no one told the people of Chicago 80 miles to the east to stay in doors, a ill wind was coming their way !


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  • The loud noise, Water hammer’s ?

    Water hammer (or, more generally, fluid hammer) is a pressure surge or wave resulting when a fluid (usually a liquid but sometimes also a gas) in motion is forced to stop or change direction suddenly (momentum change). Water hammer commonly occurs when a valve is closed suddenly at an end of a pipeline system, and a pressure wave propagates in the pipe. It may also be known as hydraulic shock.

    This pressure wave can cause major problems, from noise and vibration to pipe collapse.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_hammer


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    • As it takes time, (all day & night) to cool down !

      Spokesman: “We’ll be hearing that for hours to come… throughout the day possibly into the night”
      That also possibly means the Tritium will be being release till it has cooled down !

      The people there already had enough to deal with !

      Risks to Drinking Water for Illinois Nuclear Power Plants …

      3 days ago … Chicago, IL – The drinking water for 652000 people in Illinois could be at … the plant uninhabitable, and even contaminated drinking water sources near … “Any
      radiation from a nuclear plant in Illinois would increase the risk of …
      http://www.illinoispirgedfund.org/news/ilf/nuclear-power-plants-pose-risks-drinking-water-illinois

      Before
      Illinois nuclear plant leaks contaminated drinking water – Chicago …

      June 18, 2011 An Associated Press investigation reveals that as the number and severity of radioactive material leaks at U.S. nuclear power …
      http://www.examiner.com/homeland-security-in-chicago/illinois-nuclear-plants-radioactive-waste-resident-s-drinking-water


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      • The tritium (and whatever else is coming out in the steam) will continue to be vented until the reactor has cooled enough for the secondary heat exchange system not to need venting. These vents definitely make noise on activation, that’s probably what people are hearing. But alarms usually accompany opening, why aren’t they reporting that? Did Exelon turn it off?

        This plant is notoriously leaky – all the way to gross contamination of the river water loop that condenses the steam loop. That’s twice removed from the reactor coolant system! It’s also had pipes so rusty they burst, and it’s one of the ‘newer’ plants – been in operation since 1985 and 1987 respectively. Construction labor low-bid deal no doubt, you know how that works. Or doesn’t, when it counts…


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      • By the way, EneNews should pay close attention to Rockford local news tomorrow. If the plant is still venting steam and making noises come daylight, Houston should be notified we’ve got a problem.

        That would mean the reactor’s not cooling as it should.


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        • ConcernedMom

          I will definitely be following the local news tomorrow, including WREX tv in Rockford. Unfortunately, I will be driving past the Byron power plant on my way to Rockford tomorrow morning so I will see if there is any unusual activity. I will also touch base with my sister to see if her hubby who has been working there all day today has told her anything.


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          • Updated: 2:19 AM Jan 31, 2012

            Byron Station Unit 2 Loses Power, Declares Lowest Emergency Classification

            A little before 10:30 this morning the Byron Nuclear Plant lost power and unit two went offline. Plant engineers are still trying to figure out why it happened
            http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/138339274.html

            BYRON (WIFR) — An update on the emergency situation at the Byron Nuclear Plant. Engineers now know what caused the plant to lose power and shut down one of its reactors.

            That overpowering sound coming from the Byron Nuclear Plant is nothing to worry about. But it’s startling enough to Patricia Carter, who was prepared to take iodide tablets. A supply she stores in case of a nuclear meltdown.

            “My first thought was, what do I take out of here, where do I go.” The plant remains under “an unusual event” classification. It’s the lowest emergency ranking set by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Exelon says

            http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/138339274.html


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        • Headlines are …
          Rockford residents upset over garbage pick up delay

          By Michael Peppers ROCKFORD (WREX) Confusion causes a delay in garbage pickup and some people in Rockford say that stinks. The complaints have come from people who live near city alleyways. People

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          AH ! Bottom of the list:

          Byron Station power loss causes stir

          Fire departments receive a rare emergency call to the Byron nuclear plant today.

          A missing plume of steam, a deafening roar and a troop of fire engines turn out to be no cause for alarm today in Byron.

          “I first noticed the roar about ten o’clock this morning,” says Byron resident, Charles Fisher. “I had heard it before.”

          That roar Fisher and most other Byron residents hear is steam being released manually from the Byron Station nuclear energy facilities.

          A power loss causing one of the large cooling towers to shut down means the large white plumes… read more …

          http://www.wrex.com/


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  • americancommntr

    Would it not be interesting if nuclear plant officials were required by law to be hooked up to a polygraph when speaking at press conferences? Maybe it could be done at a distance with infrared lasers, and speech analysis by computer.

    It could be interesting for politicians, too: a little chart on the side of the TV screen showing pulse, EKG, galvanic skin response, breathing rate, and blood pressure, even voice analysis, especially during a debate.


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  • americancommntr,
    A lot of the politician’s think lying is telling the truth or they believe it is their job to lie to us so it would not show up on monitoring !


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    • many moons

      Yes, they are suppose to lie…..and we are suppose to read between the lies…that’s the way it goes til something happens to change that. There is no truth being told….is that clear? Do not expect the truth….repeat…Do not expect the truth….it’s comparable to the man in the moon….no man no truth…please stop expecting the truth it has never happened, will not happen…may happen after 25-50 years….what ever is being reported needs to be analized by your God given good sense…now use it!
      PS where there is smoke there is fire!


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    There was a loud banging noise inside one of the Fukushima reactors, too. Does anyone remember in what article that appeared, or when? Plant workers reported hearing the loud noise. Wasn’t it when Reactor 3 was getting ready to explode (the so-called hydrogen explosion)? Or was it one of the other reactors.

    Is this a PWR or a BWR plant?


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  • many moons

    How long can those generators last fueling those two huge nuclear plants??????


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    When the NPP near me had its last emergency shutdown, people living near also reported a loud noise. The operators said it came from valves opening and closing.

    Scary.


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