This type of thing will continue to happen until we, here in the US, have our own Fukushima..
Business, as usual.
NRC Finds Pinhole Leak at Oyster Creek, Denies Activist's Petition
[link to barnegat-manahawkin.patch.com
Oyster Creek is the only nuclear plant in the country that does not have a High Pressure Coolant Injection System that is designed to cool the plant in the event of a small line break,
he said. The safety system was required in all plants after Oyster Creek and because the Forked River plant doesn’t have one, workers must manually reduce pressure in the reactor.
“The crack found in the nozzle, that would have been a small line break,” said Gundersen, who studied nuclear engineering and has a nuclear operating license.
The pinhole leak is a larger issue than the NRC and Exelon is letting on, he said.
“Pinhole leaks rapidly grow when in use. The pinhole wouldn’t have been a pinhole very long,” he said.
The leak should not just be repaired but plant operators should examine the entire piping with an ultrasound to find out if there’s further damage, he said.
“How many other pinhole leaks are there and what’s the cause,” he said. “I’m afraid the NRC and Oyster Creek are just sweeping this under the rug to start back up.”