TV: Problem during reactor restart process at New York nuclear plant damaged by Sandy

Published: November 6th, 2012 at 4:10 am ET
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Title: Nuclear industry studies Sandy’s impact on several reactors
Source: YNN (Syracuse)
Author: Candace Hopkins
Date: 11/05/2012 08:38 PM

As Sandy barreled towards the northeast last week, staff at several nuclear plants were on high alert.

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At Nine Mile, workers prepared the plants for high winds or power outages and extra manpower was called in. Monday night, high winds took down a pole, damaging the plant’s electrical grid. Unit two was forced to switch to its backup generator. Unit one was pushed offline altogether. Because of the planning, the staff was ready for the damage.

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Nine Mile Point operators say the plants will be taking extra precautions to prepare equipment for high winds. Meanwhile, three other plants were also impacted by the storm. The NRC says the good news is no major damage was done.

Nine Mile Point One remains shut down after a secondary problem during the reactor restart process. Constellation Energy says it’s likely not related to Sandy. There was no threat to the public.

See the NRC’s report here

Published: November 6th, 2012 at 4:10 am ET
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18 comments to TV: Problem during reactor restart process at New York nuclear plant damaged by Sandy

  • PurpleRain

    There's never any threat to the public. They Always Say this! Maybe they take lying lessons from Romney or vice-versa.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Purple Rain that was meant for you.


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  • This is from "Atomic Rod"– maybe stop by and drop a comment for him

    I’m saddened, but certainly not surprised. The forces of evil that are determined to make nuclear energy uneconomical are currently stronger than those of us who are determined to ensure that the world’s current and future population has a viable, clean, abundant and reliable alternative to burning the earth’s stored hydrocarbon wealth as quickly as possible.

    http://atomicinsights.com/2012/10/kewaunee-closure-announcement-reinforces-sense-of-deja-vu.html#comment-40395


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    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      "Yo..Atomic Rod"..she says while flicking the tips of her fingers from under her chin…
      'forces of evil'…
      Pffftt!


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      • Sickputer

        From the Forum topic article: "Nine Mile Point operators say the plants will be taking extra precautions to prepare equipment for high winds. Meanwhile, three other plants were also impacted by the storm. The NRC says the good news is no major damage was done.

        Nine Mile Point One remains shut down after a secondary problem during the reactor restart process. Constellation Energy says it’s likely not related to Sandy. There was no threat to the public."

        SP: Good thing "no major damage was done". Because when major damage happens land gets contaminated, children get thyroid cancer, and remediation is virtually impossible except for the passage of time (in millennia).

        Rod Adams has a good description of the knowledgeable public's reaction to the Japan meltdowns: "Fukushima Frenzy". We should all feel that way if the public knew the facts.

        Another Rod offering: "Despite all of the fossil fuel ad supported Fukushima Frenzy, the fact remains that no one was injured by radiation released by the three plants that were slowly destroyed after their cooling systems were knocked out by one of the largest tsunami's in recorded history."

        SP: Yes fossil fuel folks may benefit from the stone cold dead Nuclear Renaissance, but really do you think nobody was injured by radiation? Over 100,000 children in Fukushima Prefecture now have cysts on their thyroid glands when normally only a couple of thousand children in that size population (300,000 children) have…


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        • Sickputer

          …cysts. There is no doubt those children are injured and many will have surgery. Some will die. Yet you persist in your erroneous defense of a killer industry. What would it take to convince a staunch nuclear proponent that nuclear energy is the road to human mutation and extinction? Your own offspring dying of leukemia or cancer? Your industry peddles invisible death and has escaped universal justice for 60 years.

          The verdict of history awaits and she will not be kind to the nucleocrats. They will go down in history muttered in the same breath with Hitler.

          Think of this also. 911 was a huge event in 21st century American history. Yet 11 years later most people except for relatives don't dwell on it every minute of the day.

          But in Japan… 311 is on the minds of the citizens every minute of every day. Every breath they breathe, every mouthful of food and every sip of water. They experienced a toxic disaster that will never stop preying on them physically and mentally.

          So which day in history will be remembered by more people in 100 years? 911 or 311?


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  • bmurr bmurr

    That article read like a promotional ad for CENG


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  • guezilla

    NRC had these event reports for quite a while. Non-emergency, but this is a mess from safety standpoint. I was worried something like this could occur as the reactors were being run at 1% for some reason before being ramped up, and this can cause stability problems. The NRC reports do not reveal if this was the cause.

    http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2012/20121105en.html#en48477
    On November 3, 2012 at 0823 EDT, Nine Mile Point Unit 1 experienced an automatic reactor scram on low reactor water level. Prior to the automatic scram, an unexpected high Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) water level was experienced, followed by a turbine trip and subsequent lowering of RPV water level to the RPV low level scram set point. The cause of the water level transient is unknown.

    At 0824 EDT, RPV level was restored above the HPCI System low level actuation set point and the HPCI System initiation signal was reset. Pressure control was established on the Turbine Bypass Valves, the preferred system.

    http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/en.html#en48481
    On Tuesday, November 06, 2012, at 00:06 EST, during the application of a tag-out associated with feedwater level control, the 12 feedwater flow control valve (FCV-29-137) unexpectedly partially opened. As a result, reactor vessel water level rose to the high level turbine trip set point causing the main turbine to trip.


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  • "These plants are intentionally designed to withstand a lot and, in fact, we are continuing to move ahead with our post Fukushima changes, which will include all of the plants having to do new flooding and seismic evaluations,"
    said Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Affairs Officer Neil Sheehan.

    "post Fukushima"
    …what does that mean?

    Fukushima is NOT OVER!

    Since 311:
    1 yr 7 mo 26 days
    or
    606 days
    and counting…
    http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=march+11+2011


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  • razzz razzz

    Any nuclear power plant that endured the stresses of flooding and/or emergency shutdowns should not be restarted but tested for re-certified before being allowed to restart. This operator self-certification with a NRC rubber stamp approval is leading to all these problem restarts.

    (At least require a mop and space heater in the electrical room.)


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  • razzz razzz

    I wonder how many of these Sandy effected nuke plants incurred saltwater surge flooding? A la Fukushima.


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  • Weeping Lulu Weeping Lulu

    Yes, these nuke people will never get it! We came so close people and yet that scare or the scare of fukumonster is not enough, sometimes it think we need a fukumonster to happen here in the USA, again. Maybe that might be the thing to get the public to wake up and take their heads out of their A$$ long enough to notice the rest of society! Money doesn't matter if you are dead…


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