San Diego area nuke plant shut down after ‘potential’ leak — No ‘apparent’ release into atmosphere — No ‘imminent’ danger to public says spokewoman

Published: January 31st, 2012 at 11:15 pm ET
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Title: San Onofre nuclear power plant unit shut down after potential leak
Source: Los Angeles Times
Date: Jan 31, 2012

Officials at the San Onofre nuclear power plant shut down one of the facility’s two units Tuesday evening after a sensor detected a possible leak in a steam generator tube.

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  • Potential leak was detected about 4:30 p.m. [PT]
  • “The potential leak poses no imminent danger to the plant workers or the public,” – utility spokeswoman Jennifer Manfre
  • There were no evacuations
  • Crews were assessing the situation to determine if a leak had occurred

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Title: Nuclear reactor shuts down over possible steam leak | UTSanDiego.com
Source: Union Tribune
Author: Morgan Lee
Date: Jan 31, 2012

The potential leak posed no immediate danger to the public or plant workers, according to company spokesman Gil Alexander.

He said the problem was still being diagnosed but that there was no apparent leak into the atmosphere. [...]

“It is not a major leak. It has not risen to the level where it would cause the unit to automatically shut down,” [...]

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Published: January 31st, 2012 at 11:15 pm ET
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52 comments to San Diego area nuke plant shut down after ‘potential’ leak — No ‘apparent’ release into atmosphere — No ‘imminent’ danger to public says spokewoman

  • Anthony Anthony

    Is anyone else`s head reeling with the reality of this unfolding nuke nightmare?


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  • KONDY KONDY

    I am sitting here in S. Cal and just heard on my local news that one of the reactors (#3) at our local NPP – San Onofre just had an unplanned shutdown due to a leak detected in one of the steam generator tubes??? Holy shit!! Link to the only news I can find about it here in the local paper:

    http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/2012/01/31/unplanned-shutdown-of-san-onofre-reactor/167390/


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    • ruth

      Kondy, thanks for heads up. According to http://www.animatedsoftware.com/environm/no_nukes/nukelist1.htm “DECON” (Decommissioning). Once considered a demonstration plant for PWRs, Unit 1 was closed prematurely due to the costs of required seismic retrofitting. 1981: 700 cubic yards of radioactive sand discovered, apparently contaminated by water that leaked from Unit 1’s cooling system. 1980: Steam Generator is badly dented and leaking. Edison “brings in 600 workers to patch 7,000 faults in the radioactive steam tubes. Edison is later fined $100,000 for allowing 66 workers to become exposed to dangerous amounts of radiation.” (Sources: OC Register.)
      Design errors


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      • ruth

        More history of San Onofre from this site.
        Feb. 3rd, 2001: 20-year old circuit breaker fails to close, creating a 4,000-volt arc and fire that cuts power to coolant control systems, drowned emergency switching valves and shuts down emergency oil pumps, destroying Unit 3 generator shaft. “Currently (Dec., 2001), 150 identical breakers remain in service at the plant.” (Source: OC Register.)

        The University of California, Irvine, CA, holds the public documents for the three San Onofre plants.

        The Vice President of Nuclear at SCE, San Onofre Nuclear Plant, is Mr. Joseph Wambold. He claims the OC Register has an “obsession” with “worst-case disaster scenarios” (12-23-01). He also claims the Feb 3rd, 2001 fire “was not the result of aging equipment”. He did not provide another explanation.


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    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      NOT TO WORRY!
      It’s just anotherminor nuclear incident at another nuclear facility. Nothing to fret about. It happens virtually every day. N’est pas???


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      • Bones Bones

        It seems we will be seeing many more steam releases from your neighborly NPP! Here we have CLEAR issues with steam piping, yet it seems no one saw this coming even with past reports like those above. Has there ever been an accident where they said there IS a threat? They use the same line, word for word, every time there is an accident the public knows about. Sounds like a big lie to me, if you know what I’m saying.


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  • GoFrodo

    Mine is. When I lose hours to sickness from things like radioactive crumbcakes (yesterday), I am not allowed to forget the nightmare for more than a few days. And then news of another reactor. Yeah, I’m a little stressed out over this right now. It’s unbelievable.

    I asked in another thread, in so many words: Does anyone find it odd that reactors keep melting down? Or did they all just age at the same time? Or we’re just hearing about the accidents more, when they are common occurrences?

    What is the world going to be like with so much of the population gone? That is something I think about more and more lately. …


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    • many moons

      Some people think that is the plan.


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    • lam335 lam335

      re: “Does anyone find it odd that reactors keep melting down? Or did they all just age at the same time?”

      Yes, they are all aging at virtually the same time, reaching the end of their originally intended lifespan only to have their licenses renewed with a rubber stamp …

      BUT many of them are at the very same time UPRATING their power output beyond what they were designed for (i.e., what they were designed for when they were brand, spanking new, without decades worth of corrosion and embrittlement).

      It would be fascinating if some psychologist would do a broad scale study on the personality types that typically go into both the nuclear power and weapons industries. I’m afraid the forces that are driving all of this are beyond the possibility of reasoning with.


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  • GoFrodo

    It’s like a sick joke, only it’s real.


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  • KONDY KONDY

    This is beyond now…. it seems to be happening everywhere. Just looking at the “related” news links near the top of this page is mind blowing. I’m now sitting less than 1/2 hour away from San Onofre and just found out the entire Pacific Ocean may soon be completely ruined from Fuku’s #4.


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  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Officials at the San Onofre nuclear power plant ….shut down…. one of the facility’s two units Tuesday evening after a sensor detected a possible leak in a steam generator tube.

    Potential leak was detected about 4:30 p.m.

    no apparent leak into the atmosphere.

    “It is not a major leak. It has not risen to the level where it would cause the unit to automatically shut down,”

    An emergency management team is taking samples of vegetation, soil & air around the plant. Results in a few days. All of the above is meant as disinformation to defer what the readings will be IF that team is **Allowed to release their readings to the public.

    What we are reading may be the public warning to all Main Stream Media not to put any emphasis on other reports released. Main Stream Media will now repeat & rehash these reports to try to make sure the public learns nothing new.

    An earlier report indicated that they did NOT have reading yet. (We know they have them but are too high to release.) To me this shows how high the readings are & how bad the situation is. They are coming out with too many contradicting sentences in one report.

    Exactly what has always happens when the truth may come out. And unfortunately most people will never pick up on the discrepancies in these reports.


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    • Bones Bones

      Good take, that makes sense to me. Pretty sad when a nuclear plant can’t determine rad levels. We are incompetent so trust us when we say no danger, k thx! I guess some people do believe they don’t have readings. Hopefully, some Californians have their geiger counters rolling and can take measurements from the area and as close to the plant as possible.


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    • I figure this is primarily a paranoid self-defense response by San Onofre, with possible encouragement from the NRC. Motivated by the Monday “revelation” from Byron Station spokesbots that steam release from the “non-radioactive side” of the plant was indeed radioactive due to known and “expected” leaks in the steam generator tubing.

      The NRC has been ignoring this issue for as long as the agency has existed. Because steam generators are complex, extremely expensive pieces of machinery almost designed to leak. Since Fukushima Americans are suddenly following NRC event reports on a daily basis. The revelation of secondary and tertiary loop contamination and routine releases doesn’t bolster NRC/industry claims that radioactive contamination is confined to the primary loop and doesn’t get released on a constant basis.

      There is a currently ongoing ‘study’ from the National Academy of Science of leukemia/cancer rates in areas close to nuclear plants. Sort of the last act U.S. ‘answer’ to similar studies in France, Germany, Norway and elsewhere in recent years showing statistically significant rate increases. The way this works – or more properly, doesn’t work – in this country is that all epidemiological findings are held strictly to ONLY the ‘official’ releases reported by utilities and recorded by NRC. IOW, a study might find lots of irrefutable evidence that people downwind of nukes suffer 300 to 500% more cancer than upwinders, but American researchers are not allowed to conclude that this indicates greater release levels than those ‘officially’ recorded, or that those ‘officially’ reported release levels must be enough to cause the observed cancer increases.

      Here’s my friend Steve Wing’s (et al.) take on this, something he knows well…

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3080920/?tool=pmcentrez


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  • Anthony Anthony

    I’m really thinking the solar radiation influx coupled with the friggin *on location earthquake* activity – maybe somethings happened to some aspect of the grids… triggering the dominoes effect of our worst concerns. Maybe this was a light version of the potential problem. Maybe the earthquakes SHOULD catch our attention and maybe in fact a reaction to the incoming solar rays – sometimes. Like now. Mega coincidences like this usually seem to point to a pattern.


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  • Anthony Anthony

    I’m really thinking the solar radiation influx coupled with the friggin *on location earthquake* activity – maybe somethings happened to some aspect of the grids… triggering the dominoes effect of our worst concerns. Maybe this was a light version of the potential problem. Maybe the earthquakes SHOULD catch our attention and maybe in fact a reaction to the incoming solar rays -sometimes. Like now. Mega coincidences like this usually seem to point to a pattern.


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  • Mack Mack

    Article on the San Onfore nuclear plant shut down!

    “After Possible Leak Detected, SONGS Shuts Down Unit 3 Generator”

    http://sanclementetimes.com/pages/full_story/push?need_to_add=true&content_instance=17354555&id=17354555


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  • many moons

    Are we involved with mass suicide?
    Oh and btw radiation is very hard on the unborn too, why isn’t that ever an election issue, why don’t they talk about that during the sermon?????? Nothing adds up!


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  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Posting this info again, so that anyone coming here will learn the dangers of Tritium.

    “Radiological research has found a correlation between tritium and cumulative genetic injury. (21) There was found in successive generations a reduction in relative brain weight, reduction in litter size, and increased reabsorption of embryos. Correlations have been found in epidemiological research between tritium and Down’s’ Syndrome. Associations have also been found between low-level radiation and Down’s Syndrome.” http://www.ipsecinfo.org/Tritium.htm

    “Tritium is essential to the construction of boosted-fission nuclear weapons. A boosted weapon contains a mixture of deuterium and tritium, the gases being heated and compressed by the detonation of a plutonium or uranium device. The D-T mixture is heated to a temperature and pressure such that thermonuclear fusion occurs. This process releases a flood of 14 MeV neutrons which cause additional fissions in the device, greatly increasing its efficiency.” http://www.wcpeace.org/tritium.htm

    Radioactive tritium became a perfect marker for tracking ocean water §. Scientists sampling North Atlantic water found that tritium released into the atmosphere before the 1962 nuclear test ban treaty, mixed downward by 1973. By 1980, the same tritium had moved into deep areas off Florida. The water had taken about 20 years to travel 3000 miles (4800 km) through the sea at an average speed of less than half a mile a day, about half the speed of a snail §.
    http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/OCEAN_PLANET/HTML/oceanography_currents_3.html

    ~If I miss any articles on this subject, someone Please copy & paste the above reports. We need to make sure we continue to share the facts so more will know the truth. Thank you.

    ~Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around…


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  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    This disinformation article is like a Troll, getting us angry & distracting us. These types of article are meant to frustrate & agitate us. And to make us feel hopeless.

    Please consider that & move to an article that has some truth in it & get back to what we were doing before. Sharing information & discussing & debating.


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  • GoFrodo

    I’m back and I have an idea. I’ll eat radioactive food in front of a doctor, and they can watch me basically pass out from it. Butter will do the job nicely.


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      They’ll blame it on cholesterol.


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      • GoFrodo

        Oh they will! lol! (And the carbs they will blame my pancreas or something. And the veg on maybe digestive issues. etc.) Last doctor tried to blame it on histamine. But he kind of tried and was polite about it. I give him that much but I didn’t have time to debate my case fully.


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    • lokay5

      Making butter, cheese and ice cream from radiologically contaminated milk is an old trick used by the dairy industry. These products can be made from milk that’s radioactive and stored for an indefinite period untill the radiation decays to an “acceptible” level.


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  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    All these leaks, earthquakes, automatic shutdowns, fuel pools, etc. have 2 things in common.
    1. They are all slowly killing the whole planet, and,
    2. The “official” responses are all the same…..”no immediate danger”, “no apparent release into the environment”, and “we are taking readings…will get back to ya on that in a few days.”


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  • Shut them down for leaks or maintenance or accident

    AND THEN KEEP THEM DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    I surfed at San Onofre for 20 years until they built the plant. Then I became afraid– not of big waves, San Onofre didn’t have big waves–but of something I felt in MY ocean after the infernal plant was built.


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  • Alice Alice

    Just a minute. How can it be a ‘potential’ leak? It either is or it isn’t.

    Then it becomes ‘not a major leak’.

    Just call it what it is. This forkedtonguednewspeak infuriates me.


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  • James2

    You better be ready in California for rolling blackouts – complete with riots and looting.

    The industry won’t give up the nuke plants without a fight. They’ll say they just can’t make it without the plants, then you’ll have a random blackout…


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