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Safety rules loosened for nuke plants
Some experts worry about the safety of America's aging reactors

Agency staff, plant operators, and consultants give evidence of industrywide problems in little-known reports.

The AP reviewed 226 preliminary notifications — alerts on emerging safety problems — issued by the NRC since 2005. Wear and tear in the form of clogged lines, cracked parts, leaky seals, rust and other deterioration contributed to at least 26 alerts over the past six years. Other notifications lack detail, but aging was a probable factor in 113 additional alerts.

One 2008 NRC report blamed 70 percent of potentially serious safety problems on “degraded conditions.”

Confronted with worn parts that need maintenance, the industry has repeatedly requested — and regulators have allowed — inspections and repairs to be delayed for months until scheduled refueling outages.

Corroded piping that results in leaks is another concern. The country’s nuclear sites have suffered more than 400 accidental radioactive leaks during their history, the activist Union of Concerned Scientists reported in September.

Plant operators have been drilling monitoring wells and patching buried piping for several years. Between 2000 and 2009, the annual number of leaks from underground piping shot up fivefold, according to an internal industry document the AP obtained.

[link to www.tennessean.com]

- I really want to believe that Fukushima is a huge signal to these regulators to tighten this shit up...if not we'll be looking at major problems soon. That's if Calhoun and Cooper make it through the flooding intact and functioning correctly.
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However, in its Indian Point relicensing proposal, owner Entergy finally reevaluates some of the numbers. The effects of a bad accident are minimized, according to an AP analysis of those numbers: no more than 2,130 cancer deaths and only $117 billion in economic damages.

Plant spokesman Jerry Nappi went even further when pressed. Contrary to the calculations of planners, he said he didn't "believe a scenario like this is credible or perhaps even possible" with all the protections built into the plant. As for a 50-mile evacuation encompassing New York, he said a 10-mile radius "is already a very conservative planning zone."

Nuclear planners gave similar confident reassurances about their tsunami planning in Japan. And the BP emergency plans left out Gulf of Mexico oil spill scenarios that occurred, even though they supposedly couldn't happen.

Meanwhile, the NRC's partner, Sandia National Laboratories, has again been studying the impact of accidents. The work is still under way, but researchers have tentatively concluded that reactor defenses will work way better than believed in the 1980s.

NRC officials say the conclusion stems from decades of additional research and sophisticated computer modeling. But they also wrap their equations in a ribbon of rosy assumptions:

•Accidents will develop more slowly than thought.

•Buildings designed to contain radiation leaks will hold.

•Emergency plans will work.

•Responders will do their jobs.

•Ninety percent of those told to stay put will obey.

"The magnitude of possible releases from these accidents is much smaller than originally thought," said NRC spokesman Scott Burnell in a preview of the conclusions expected to take final form by 2012.

[link to www.usatoday.com]

- very illuminating article.
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Missouri River soaks Nebraska nuclear plant, but it's no Fukushima


The two plants, nestled along the Missouri River in Nebraska, "will be annoyed but not destroyed," adds David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer and nuclear-safety specialist at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington.

At the plant facing the biggest challenge, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, about 30 miles north of Omaha, the Missouri River is predicted to crest Wednesday at 33 feet above flood stage – some six feet below the level critical buildings at the plant were designed to handle. That flood crest would put the flood level roughly half an inch higher than it is currently.

[link to www.csmonitor.com]

- With the emptying of the berm, the only dry patch remaining is the plant's switch yard, which holds transformers and power lines that ship the plant's electricity to the grid, but which also receive power to operate the plant.

The switch yard is surrounded by a concrete levee. But that barrier has sprung leaks, prompting plant operators to shift to diesel generators for onsite power. Workers are looking at ways to patch the leaks, as well as repair the berm.



- still touch and go with the spring melt underway.
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Salem Unit 2 nuclear reactor shuts down after cooling pump failure

LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK TWP. — The Salem Unit 2 nuclear plant remained shut down this afternoon following a problem with a reactor coolant pump, according to a spokesman for the plant’s operator.

Salem 2 automatically wentß offline Sunday at 6:01 p.m. when the coolant pump tripped, said Joe Delmar, spokesman for PSEG Nuclear.

When the pump shut down, the auxiliary pump system automatically started to provide water to cool the reactor.

The cause of the pump failure is still being investigated, according to Delmar. The plant functioned as designed, he said.

The plant remained in “hot shutdown” mode this afternoon.

[link to www.nj.com]

- and we have another plant with problems.
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ENFORCE RULES FOR NUCLEAR INDUSTRY

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Progress Energy Provides Update on Crystal River Nuclear Plant Outage

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Seismologist Warns of More Nuclear-Quake Disasters

Ishibashi was one of the first seismologists to warn against a quake-induced nuclear accident when he coined the phrase genpatsu-shinsai (nuclear power plant-earthquake disaster) in 1997. In 2006 he resigned from a government advisory panel on nuclear power that was charged with revising seismic design guidelines. At the time of his resignation, Ishibashi declared that the proposed new guidelines were seriously flawed because they underestimated "design basis earthquake ground motion," a measure of how intensely the earth may shake in an given area.

[link to spectrum.ieee.org]

- he tried to warn them.
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Military reveals underground missile silos

TEHRAN — Iran on Monday unveiled underground silos that can hold missiles capable of hitting Israel and U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf as it began 10 days of war games, the country’s latest show of military force amid a standoff with the West over its disputed nuclear program.

State TV broadcast footage of the underground silos, claiming that medium- and long-range missiles stored in them are ready to launch in retaliation for an attack on Iran.

The silos are widely viewed as a strategic asset for Iran in the event of a U.S. or Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities.

[link to www.washingtontimes.com]

- everybody dance, now.
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Wildfires threaten Los Alamos as laboratory safeguarding U.S. nuclear stockpile is forced to closedLab developed first nuclear weapons during World War IIFire has already consumed more than 43,000 acres

Read more: [link to www.dailymail.co.uk]
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Fuku looks so placid at this time. The malignancy belied by tranquility.

[link to www.tepco.co.jp]

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Wildfires threaten Los Alamos as laboratory safeguarding U.S. nuclear stockpile is forced to closedLab developed first nuclear weapons during World War IIFire has already consumed more than 43,000 acres

Read more: [link to www.dailymail.co.uk]
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So much doom...so little time to research it all! I'm on doom overload.
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I'd like to get some new info on Ft Calhoun... they've gone quiet on the news in the past several hours which is a bit concerning.
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I'd like to get some new info on Ft Calhoun... they've gone quiet on the news in the past several hours which is a bit concerning.
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Yes. Very tense situation. I'd rather they were more forthcoming with the latest information instead of finding out the hard way.
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BPGulfLeak‎ Omaha's Action 3 news: Ft Calhoun nuclear power plant has flood water in building where nuclear material stored - H2O considered radioactive

not yet able to confirm.
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BPGulfLeak‎ Omaha's Action 3 news: Ft Calhoun nuclear power plant has flood water in building where nuclear material stored - H2O considered radioactive

not yet able to confirm.
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It was bound to happen. SFP.
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BPGulfLeak‎ Omaha's Action 3 news: Ft Calhoun nuclear power plant has flood water in building where nuclear material stored - H2O considered radioactive

not yet able to confirm.
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It was bound to happen. SFP my guess.
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Can't find anything to confirm.
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BPGulfLeak‎ Omaha's Action 3 news: Ft Calhoun nuclear power plant has flood water in building where nuclear material stored - H2O considered radioactive

not yet able to confirm.
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It was bound to happen. SFP my guess.
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Can't find anything to confirm.
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me either.. may be total b.s. Figured it was worth mentioning just in case, with the disclaimer of course.
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BPGulfLeak‎ Omaha's Action 3 news: Ft Calhoun nuclear power plant has flood water in building where nuclear material stored - H2O considered radioactive

not yet able to confirm.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1379944


It was bound to happen. SFP my guess.
 Quoting: Waterbug


Can't find anything to confirm.
 Quoting: Waterbug


me either.. may be total b.s. Figured it was worth mentioning just in case, with the disclaimer of course.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1379944


Something to watch for.
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Excellent update, (with pics) on the Ft. Calhoun aquadam failure:

[link to www.washingtonsblog.com]

Fort Calhoun, took two steps backward on Sunday. In the pre-dawn hours, a piece of heavy equipment nicked a temporary rubber berm, 8 feet high and 2,000 feet long, and it deflated. And water there began to approach the switchyard, where grid power enters the complex, so operators started up their diesel generators.
(end snip)

Washington's Blog has been doing great reporting on Ft. Calhoun, and Fukushima. I do wish I knew the blogger.
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I wonder first, what were they doing so close to the berm with machinery that could damage it?, and why at 1:30 AM?
What did they need to do that was worth compromising the integrity of the berm?

Thanks for the link.
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Tokyo Electric Power Defeats Shareholders’ Efforts to Exit Nuclear

TOKYO — The operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant met with angry shareholders Tuesday, offering profuse apologies as hecklers shouted abuse from a rowdy floor. But a motion that would have forced the company to abandon its nuclear program was defeated.

[link to www.nytimes.com]
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Troubling Questions Arise About Russian Nuclear Specialists Killed in Crash
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Fire And Flood Stoke Fears At U.S. Nuclear Facilities, But Officials Say Radioactive Materials Are Safe

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Something is missing from the TEPCO Cam: [link to www.tepco.co.jp]

Compare with: [link to www.youtube.com]

Where's the BIG crane?
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Something is missing from the TEPCO Cam: [link to www.tepco.co.jp]

Compare with: [link to www.youtube.com]

Where's the BIG crane?
 Quoting: Monkeyfister


Shows up very well on TBS, invisible on Tepco feed. Hmmm. Good question. I quit the feeds for awhile. Might need to keep an eye on them to see what's up.
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On CNN. Just saw live video footage of the Ft calhoun efforts to keep water out of the exterior electricals. I did not like the looks of that. Sandbagged around the perimeters and a pump shooting water over the walls.
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Tepco cam pic is so weird right now, with that very straight, thin dark line above the reactors.

Whatever it is.
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Implementation of injection of nitrogen into Primary Containment Vessel of Unit 2 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station


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I thought that the scientist all calculated that the melt down "explosion" was supposed to happen right about now... like today if memory serves me ...

I planned my whole life around it ... am moving to my hidey hole on Sunday ... got my solar, well water, satellite internet and am at 7000 feet

prepared for the worst, hoping for the best
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Let's hope the monster crane didn't turn into Godzilla
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I thought that the scientist all calculated that the melt down "explosion" was supposed to happen right about now... like today if memory serves me ...

I planned my whole life around it ... am moving to my hidey hole on Sunday ... got my solar, well water, satellite internet and am at 7000 feet

prepared for the worst, hoping for the best
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