INES Level 1 Nuclear Event — Pump incident at Belgian plant

Published: February 15th, 2013 at 2:52 pm ET


DMorgen (Google Translation), Feb. 15, 2013 at ~12:45p ET:
h/t Anonymous tip

New water pump incident […] After analysis, the incident was classified as a level 1 of the INES* scale (International Nuclear Event Scale) […] (Google Translation), Feb. 15, 2013 at ~1:30p ET:

Doel: technical incident at the nuclear […] The defect was classified at Level 1 (anomaly) on the INES scale (with 7 levels). A pressure difference was found on a turbopump unit 2 of the Doel nuclear power plant, announced Friday the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) on its website.

*The [INES] International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale is a worldwide tool for communicating to the public in an open and consistent way the safety significance of nuclear and radiological events –IAEA

It appears the last INES event involving a nuclear reactor was last April.

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Published: February 15th, 2013 at 2:52 pm ET


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2 comments to INES Level 1 Nuclear Event — Pump incident at Belgian plant

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nobody will know what really happened, but what we do know: water and pumps can never stop, or there can be meltdowns.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Do not worry. Cattenom NPP in France just across the border had
    5 times INES 1 and
    1 time INES 2
    in the past 12 months alone. It's all A-ok.