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Tennessee nuke plant: After tornadoes, water in reactor “boiled” low enough to trigger shutdown alarm — Public not told of problems

 
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Tennessee nuke plant: After tornadoes, water in reactor “boiled” low enough to trigger shutdown alarm — Public not told of problems
[D]ocuments the [Tennessee Valley Authority] is required to submit to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission show reactor operators became distracted while manually operating cooling water flow to the Unit 1 reactor and water began boiling off faster than it was being replaced. [...]

Browns Ferry ran on diesel generators’ power for five days after the shutdown. [...]

When one of the generators failed at Browns Ferry, there was a temporary loss of shutdown cooling for one reactor for about 47 minutes, but the water level in the reactor never got near the boiling point, officials said. [...]

The water in the reactor boiled low enough to trigger another shutdown alarm in the control room, but [TVA nuclear spokesman Ray Golden] said boiling water still covered the reactor fuel.

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Re: Tennessee nuke plant: After tornadoes, water in reactor “boiled” low enough to trigger shutdown alarm — Public not told of problems
Just a geography lesson - Browns Ferry is not in TN. It's on the TN River, but it is in Alabama.
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Re: Tennessee nuke plant: After tornadoes, water in reactor “boiled” low enough to trigger shutdown alarm — Public not told of problems
And, a history lesson - the idiots set fire to it using candles to check for air leaks back in 1975 and caused a partial meltdown. I was a kid at the time living in the area and vividly remember it.
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Re: Tennessee nuke plant: After tornadoes, water in reactor “boiled” low enough to trigger shutdown alarm — Public not told of problems
"but the water level in the reactor never got near the boiling point"

"The water in the reactor boiled low enough to trigger another shutdown alarm in the control room"

So did it boil or didn't it? Talk about contradictory statements..
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Re: Tennessee nuke plant: After tornadoes, water in reactor “boiled” low enough to trigger shutdown alarm — Public not told of problems
There were other problems after the tornadoes:

A valve failed, a diesel-driven fire pump failed, the diesel-driven generator for the security station failed, the warning sirens were lost, power to the chemical lab was lost, and an emergency diesel generator keeping cool water flowing to one of three reactors shut down because of voltage fluctuations caused by a fluid leak after a brass fitting broke.

Beware phrases like ‘the equipment worked as designed’ and ‘the plant was safely shut down and cooled down’. From TVA nuclear spokesman Ray Golden:

“I don’t think anywhere we use terms like ‘flawless’ or ‘perfect.’ We did use terms like ‘the equipment worked as designed’ and ‘the plant was safely shut down and cooled down.’”
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"but the water level in the reactor never got near the boiling point"

"The water in the reactor boiled low enough to trigger another shutdown alarm in the control room"

So did it boil or didn't it? Talk about contradictory statements..
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