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Nuclear Power News and Notes March 24 2011 from the Distaff Side

24 March 2011 at 11:06:25 AM

Did you know there's only ONE nuclear plant under construction currently in the United States? Oops, Feds are filing a lawsuit against it.

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission letter in January cited TVA "errors and omissions" in a project fire protection report and excessive delays in providing information. The letter called on TVA to promptly supply information for its review of an application for a reactor operating license.

Soon after the letter was received, site vice president Masoud Bajestani abruptly left his job overseeing the construction project. TVA wouldn't provide details about his departure, calling it a personnel matter, but the utility has contended it wasn't related to the NRC letter.


A sub-contractor employee has been charged with lying about inspections at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The site is the only one in the U.S. where a nuclear reactor is under construction.

The U.S. attorney in Knoxville said Matthew David Correll, 31, of Hixson has been charged in a two-count indictment with making false statements. A news release said Correll lied about measuring cables that were intended to supply energy to safety systems that were to be built at the plant.

Yuh-huh. How expensive IS that?

TVA is spending $2.5 billion over five years to build the 1,200-megawatt reactor, which is expected to supply electricity to 650,000 homes.

Picture on this page shows what a 50 mile evacuation radius for radiation would be.

Counterfeit parts so prevalent that companies profit from seminars explaining use in nuclear energy.

Counterfeit parts have become a major problem in the electronic component industry, resulting in higher costs, reduced performance, product failures, and extensive program delays. By some estimates, the counterfeiting of electronic parts may cost the industry as much as $100 billion a year.

Not too surprising since in 2007 NRC dumbed down the regulations regarding parts.

What about those big reactors steaming down the river in Michigan? And

Though some might joke about the lack of tsunamis and earthquakes in Southeast Michigan, Kamps said any loss of power to a nuclear facility is a major risk. Local factors include ice storms, tornadoes and squirrels, Kamps said, citing historical examples.

Oh. Like prolonged cold weather where a plant has to make sure that its water pipes don't freeze?

Reminder: What would happen with fires and explosions at Comanche Peak? You can't know.

That weeklong shutdown at Calvert Cliffs last year? Due to roof leaks.

Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant General Manager Thomas Trepanier warned his employees about a pattern of "tolerating degraded roof conditions" at the 35-year-old facility last year after water damage shorted out backup power systems, leading to a weeklong shutdown.

"The station had developed a reactive culture rather than a preventive strategy on dealing with roof leaks, thereby eliminating an increased sensitivity," Trepanier wrote in an internal PowerPoint presentation about the incident.

And what about Hartsville and the fires in the electrical system?

But this year’s meeting has added significance because the NRC said in February that it is planning additional oversight at Robinson based on findings from inspections at the plant in response to several incidents that occurred in 2010.

Those incidents included two fires in the facility’s electrical systems that resulted in a shutdown of the plant’s reactor on March 28, 2010, as well as problems with an emergency diesel generator and what the agency says were an excessive number of unplanned shutdowns during the year.

Diablo Canyon so old it is painted avocado green

It’s so ’60s, in fact, that the plant’s massive control room — a solar system of knobs, dials, and lights blinking red and green — is painted avocado green.

Fukushima plants workers have radiation burns.

Officials said the workers, two in their twenties and one in his thirties, were exposed to irradiated water in the number 3 reactor when it seeped through their protective gear, causing them to be contaminated with a level of radiation almost twice as high as the "safe" limit.

They were diagnosed as having sustained burn injuries at a Fukushima hospital, and will be sent to the National Institute of Radiological
Sciences in Chiba prefecture for further tests.

"This is a very regrettable situation," said chief cabinet secretary Yudio Edano. "They were in a basement area of the number 3 reactor, standing in water that was irradiated," he said.

That is regrettable. But not to worry because Voice of America says that US making radiation drug!

Such a healing medication has the potential to lessen panic and fear generated by catastrophic reactor accidents. Plant workers trying to make repairs near a crippled reactor's radioactive core might be less fearful if they could take a pill to repair their own radiation-damaged cells.

Heh. Maybe it would be better to just go with Non-Potentially Dangerous types of energy!

The US embassy in Tokyo, Japan is distributing potassium iodide pills to officials. 

Previously, Somervell County has eschewed getting those free pills.

Tapwater warning in Tokyo for babies

Germany set to abandon nuclear power for good

Um. So, Energy Secretary Chu thinks conventional reactors may not be safe enough to operate near cities????

Conventional nuclear reactors may not be safe enough to operate near cities—if you take Energy Secretary Steven Chu at his word—but small module reactors are “much, much safer,” he said at a Pew Environment Group forum in Washington this afternoon.

Okay, then. At Fukushima, Obama told US citizens to be at least 80 km away, which is around 50 miles. Isn't Fort Worth about 50 miles away from Glen Rose?

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