Chicago almost became a glowing radioactive sister city to Fukushima.
Yesterday we broke the story of the La Salle Nuclear plant having to perform a Fukushima style direct-to-atmosphere venting of the primary nuclear containment due to a lightening strike. As we indicated at the time, the amount of radioactivity released is unknown because the radiation monitors were not on a backup power supply.
Today in a follow on NRC event report, we [...]
he U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region III staff is monitoring the La Salle nuclear power plant after a lightning strike knocked out offsite power to both Units 1 and 2. The NRC has mobilized its Incident Response Center in Region III, located in Lisle, Ill., and is monitoring the events along with the resident inspector onsite. La Salle declared an Unusual Event around 3:11 p.m. Wednesday, after external power was [...]
Nuclear power plants in Oswego County on heightened awareness after Boston explosions [...] In response to the Boston Marathon explosions, the nuclear power plants at Nine Mile in Scriba in Oswego County have been put on a status called heightened awareness. […
Pilgrim, about 45 miles south of Boston, was already shut down for refueling when the explosions occurred. Seabrook is about 45 miles north of Boston in Seabrook, N.H.
Seabrook Station, [...]
Jan. 8, 2013: In the galactic scheme of things, the Sun is a remarkably constant star. While some stars exhibit dramatic pulsations, wildly yo-yoing in size and brightness, and sometimes even exploding, the luminosity of our own sun varies a measly 0.1% over the course of the 11-year solar cycle.
There is, however, a dawning realization among researchers that even these apparently tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial [...]
Enhanced firepower sought to fend off ‘radiological sabotage’ at nuclear sites
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving forward with plans to outfit security guards protecting spent fuel storage sites at power plants with machine guns and other high-capacity weapons.
A supplemental proposed rule to be published Thursday in the Federal Register amends a 2011 regulation giving personnel at the sites “an expanded arsenal of weapons, including machine guns and semi-automatic, large capacity, [...]
Ethan A. Huff
November 3, 2012
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)’s official alert for the Oyster Creek nuclear power facility in Forked River, New Jersey, has been lifted. The narrowly-averted crisis was first triggered as an “unusual event” on Monday as flood waters from Hurricane Sandy rose to 4.7 feet around the plant, but was later upgraded to an actual “event,” which is the second point on the [...]
Everything Apparently Back to Normal
The floodwaters receded, and Oyster Creek nuclear plant is back to normal.
The Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent us (and probably a lot of other writers) the following email:
The plant exited the Alert condition just before 4 a.m. All power has been restored to the site, the diesel generators are back in standby mode, and the water has receded.
Alert Issued at Oldest Nuclear Plant in the U.S.
As we explained earlier today, the Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey is most likely to be affected by Hurricane Sandy.
At around 8:30 p.m. tonight, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared an “Alert” action level for a nuclear power plant in Oyster Creek, New Jersey:
“The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is continuing to monitor impacts from Hurricane Sandy on nuclear power plants in the Northeastern United [...]
Federal nuclear regulators today froze at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions in response to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that spent nuclear fuel stored on-site at nuclear power plants “poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk.”
In its ruling, the appeals court invalidated the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 2010 updates to the Waste Confidence Rule and also the Temporary Storage Rule and [...]
The Palisades nuclear power plant in Van Buren County had five unplanned shutdowns last year, one was considered to be of substantial safety significance. The plant remains off-line, after being shutdown on June 12th.
The Office of Investigations began the probe into the water tank leaks specifically, according to Prema Chandrathil, public affairs officer for the NRC. Instead of being restricted to only looking for obvious performance deficiencies, these inspectors can look into [...]
Taken from Reddit tonight:
Before you label me as a tin-foil hat wearer, consider the following:Live records for multiple radiation monitoring stations near the border of Indiana and Michigan have shown radiation levels as high as 7,139 counts per minute (CPM). The level varied between 2,000 CPM and 7,000 CPM for several hours early this morning (EST).Normal radiation levels are between 5 and 60 CPM, and any readings above 100 CPM [...]
Helium is also used in medical scanners and particle colliders
Supplies could run out in 30 years, says NRC
Helium serves a vital purpose for research scientists – but some are now warning that their experiments are at risk from a shortage of the gas, because stocks are being wasted on party balloons.
Last week researcher Oleg Kirichek had to postpone an experiment at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot when helium stocks [...]
Friday, February 3, 2012
Aaron Dykes reports on the alarming increase in radiation leaks at nuclear power plants around the world. The latest leak occurred at the San Onofre plant in San Diego, California, after a plant in Byron, Illinois, leaked tritium late last month.
U.S. nuke regulators weaken safety rules
Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation’s aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.
Time after time, officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission have decided that original regulations were too strict, arguing that safety margins could be eased without peril, according [...]
December 9, 2011
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today questioned whether FirstEnergy has been entirely upfront with the people of Ohio over the extent of the damage to the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant. Kucinich requested full public disclosure of all relevant photographs, test results, analyses and reports by FirstEnergy after comparing reassuring public statements made about the damage by FirstEnergy officials to disquieting information received from the NRC during a briefing [...]
Under special nuclear cooperation agreements, the United States sent 38,580 pounds of enriched uranium and plutonium to more than two-dozen foreign agencies and is unable to account for 36,000 pounds of the material.
The Government Accountability Office report says these 27 cooperation agreements, set up to facilitate cross border research, have no accountability and the U.S. has no way to enforce control.
Because there is [...]
(Reuters) – A tear on Sunday in a temporary berm allowed Missouri River flood waters to surround containment buildings and other vital areas of a Nebraska nuclear plant, but reactor systems were not affected.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said the breach in the 2,000-foot inflatable berm around the Fort Calhoun station occurred around 1:25 a.m. local time.
More than 2 feet of water rushed in [...]
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sTmzUzruu8
Fort Calhoun near Omaha, Nebraska
“On June 6, 2011, the Fort Calhoun pressurized water nuclear reactor 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska entered emergency status due to imminent flooding from the Missouri River. A day later, there was an electrical fire requiring plant evacuation.
Then, on June 8th, NRC event reports confirmed the fire resulted in the loss of cooling for the [...]
CLEVELAND — High radiation levels recorded at a nuclear reactor in northeast Ohio have prompted a special inspection by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Workers at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant immediately evacuated it on April 22 when radiation levels rose while it was shutting down for a refueling outage, the commission said Tuesday. Plant officials don’t believe workers were exposed to radiation [...]
Closing Ranks: The NRC, the Nuclear Industry, and TEPCO are Limiting the Flow of Information (Ivo M.)
Arnie Gundersen discusses inconstancies between what the NRC, TEPCo, and the Nuclear Industry are saying privately and publicly. Documents from the French nuclear firm, Areva, and the NRC reveal what the industry knows about the Fukushima disaster.
Closing Ranks: The NRC, the Nuclear Industry, and TEPCo. Are Limiting the Flow of [...]
Reports have been kept guarded; he has seen the report.
Exact Areva report quote: “We are witnessing greatest disaster of modern times.”
Video link in blue with my summary of his presentation:
April 6th Video of Arnie Gundersen, of Fairewinds Energy.
Closing Ranks: The NRC, the Nuclear Industry, and TEPCO are Limiting the Flow of Information
Gundersen says No 1 and No 2 are in deep trouble, plutonium was ejected from [...]
A copy of the NRC Assessment can be found at http://djysrv.blogspot.com/2011/04/nrc-threat-assessment-of-fukushima.html . Remember, this assessment is 11 days old. I’d love to read a current one.
It may be semanitcs, but the assessment does not specifically state that the containments are “more vulnerable to rupture in one of the aftershocks”. Quoting from Addl Misc Considerations, para B.1. for units 1 – 3, “When flooding containment, consider the implications [...]
“Martin Virgilio, a top official for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said at a House of Representatives hearing that the NRC did not believe that the core of Fukushima’s reactor No. 2 had melted down. Earlier, Democratic congressman Edward Markey had said the NRC informed him that the core had become so hot it had probably melted through the reactor pressure vessel.”
A man has himself Wednesday afternoon in the middle of the Dam on fire. WARNING: THE IMAGES ARE VEHEMENTLY.
A man has himself Wednesday afternoon in the middle of the Dam on fire. WARNING: THE IMAGES ARE VEHEMENTLY.
“He argued with anybody, everybody out of the way to go, takes a lighter and lights himself on fire,” said a witness against NIS Radio1. ”Everybody tried to make coats out the fire.” He spoke [...]
50% is natural.
50% is manmade
Radon and Thoron ……37% …….(natural)
Cosmic (space) ………..5% …….(natural)
Internal ……….……….…5% …….(natural)
Terrestrial (soil) ………..3%……..(natural)
Medical procedures ….36% ……(manmade)
Nuclear medicine …….12% ……(manmade)
Consumer products …..2% ……(manmade)
Finally, TEPCO is now attended both the designer of jet engines (General Electric) and the NRC, the U.S. regulator.
The condition of Units 1 to 3 remains very worrying. Although power supplies have been found, the artificial cooling facilities are not returned to service; audits are continuing.
Moreover, the presence of contaminated water in buildings of three units of turbines shows that significant leakage of water [...]
IMPORTANT PDF: http://econtent.unm.edu/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/nuceng&CISOPTR=33&filename=51.pdf
Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_I_Nuclear_Power_Plant
Daiichi Reactor Design http://www.anengineerindc.com/2011/03/daiichi-reactor-design.html
Fukushima Daiichi 1 http://nirs.org/reactorwatch/accidents/Fukushimafactsheet.pdf
Reactor / Design / Size / Commercial / Date of Operation
Fukushima I-1 General Electric Mark I BWR 439MW March 1971
Fukushima I –2 General Electric Mark I BWR 760 MW July 1974
Fukushima I – 3 General Electric Mark I BWR 760 MW March 1976 – PLUTONIUM
Fukushima I – 4 General Electric Mark I BWR [...]
According to Asahi Shimbun which is quoting the Japan NRC, the Fukushima event has just surpassed Three Mile Island in terms of seriousness, and has been upgraded from Level 5 “Accident with Wider Consequences” to Level 6 “Serious Accident.” Only Chernobyl is a Level 7 event. We believe Fukushima should get there within 2 weeks as ever more of the current devastation becomes public. [...]
JAKE TAPPER, ABC NEWS: “What is going on over there right now? We have not heard the latest information from the NRC or the Japanese government and apparently there has been something that has happened in the last few hours.”
CARNEY, WH Press Secretary: “Well, it is clearly a crisis. There is clearly –”
TAPPER: “– what is specifically going on?”
CARNEY: “Again, I am standing here at the White [...]