Nuclear Facility dangers abound during severe Earth Changes

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Nuclear plant in Taiwan catches fire

Nuclear plant in Taiwan catches fire
A loud noise was heard at midnight around the plant as the turbine released steam into the sky during the process, Taipower said. (Representative Photo)
BEIJING: Taiwan has shut down two reactors after a fire broke out at a nuclear power station in southern Taiwan shortly before midnight on Sunday.
The incident has caused no radioactive leak and no personnel have needed to be evacuated, Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said in a statement on its website. 

The fire began inside an auxiliary electrical transformer at the Third Nuclear Power Plant in Pingtung County, setting off an alarm at 11:58pm, Taipower said. It was put out by the plant's own firefighters within 17 minutes of its occurance, it said. 

A loud noise was heard at midnight around the plant as the turbine released steam into the sky during the process, Taipower said. 

Taipower said preliminary investigations suggest that it will take two weeks to get the second reactor operational again. The transformer, which was one of a number of devices supplying electricity to the plant, has been damaged due to short circuit. 

The accident is expected to affect China's ambitious plans that include launching eight new nuclear power plants this year besides granting approvals for another set of six new plants. The government aims to build capabilities for producing 30,000 megawatts by 2020. 

Chinese nuclear experts have argued that the country has the best safety standards in place after the government recently lifted the ban on new plants, which was imposed after Japan's Fukushima accident in 2011. 

Giving details of the accident, Taipower said that another reactor in the affected plant, the No. 1 reactor is unaffected. 

The second reactor, which has a electricity generating capacity of 951 megawatts, has been in operation since May 1985. 

Taiwan has three nuclear power plants in operation and another one under construction. There has been much public debate about whether the island should become a nuclear power-free society, particularly in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

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The Anshas nuclear reactor, located on the outskirts of Cairo, has leaked ten cubic meters of radioactive water for the second time in a year, according to Samer Mekheimar, the former director of the Nuclear Research Center's atomic reactions department. Mekheimar submitted a note to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, saying the leakage took place on 25 May as a result of operating the reactor without taking into account safety precautions. He also said the Atomic Energy Agency kept the incident secret and threatened to fire the staff if they talked about it. "The fact that the reactor was by mere chance not operated the next day saved the area from environmental disaster," he wrote. "All ministries were changed after the revolution, except the Ministry of Electricity and Energy," he added. "It still kept the same minister and his deputies from the dissolved ruling party." Meanwhile, sources at the Nuclear Safety Authority said they were denied entry to the reactor to conduct an inspection. Director of the Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed al-Kolaly, said that levels of radiation inside the reactor are normal, and that the International Atomic Energy Agency has praised the reactor
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Egypt nuclear reactor to begin operation this month
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ZetaTalk: Nuclear Reactor Accidents


Written November 27, 2010

Perhaps that we can expect incidents at nuclear stations during the 7 of 10 events, i.e. in SE Asia on achievement of a 7/10, in the west and the north of the S America during its roll, during rupture of the New Madrid fault line, in the western Europe during a tsunami? I assume that earthquakes and tsunami can present some problems on nuclear pollution even before the pole shift. Any comments of the Zetas?

After the Chernobyl disasters it is understandable that mankind is nervous about the coming pole shift and the potential of nuclear disasters in their nearby power stations. We have encouraged all to contact the operators of these facilities, and advise them of the coming disasters, encouraging them to shut down the facilities at the first sign of major quakes and the like. We have explained that to a certain extent we, as benign aliens under the control of the Council of Worlds, can step in and remove the explosive potential from these power stations, as we have from nuclear bombs held by the US, by Russia, and by other nations. In a shutdown procedure, bolts that inhibit the nuclear reaction are dropped between the reactor rods, stopping the nuclear reaction cold. This is a simplistic explanation, as the power plant controls run on electricity which can surge or fail, thus interfering with a shutdown. Such electrical surges or failure, happening during a shutdown, has been associated with nuclear accidents at Chernobyl, and SL-1 for example. As the hosing from the magnetic tail of Planet X continues to waft over the Earth, such surge and brownout can be expected. We predict that many nuclear power plants will be shut down, permanently, during the Earth changes leading into the pole shift, due to a combination of earthquake threats or damage and electrical surge and brownout. The grid will, in any case, be down after the pole shift, so this is only an early loss. As to flooding of reactors during the Earth changes or the pole shift tides, other than interfering with the electrical controls, this does not create, in and of itself, a disaster. Water is used to cool the reactor rods. It is the absence of water, due to the pumps being inoperable, that is a problem.

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ZetaTalk: Nuclear Call
written February 4, 2012


The issue of whether benign alien assistance will come during disasters, neutralizing nuclear facilities, comes up often, understandably. Those who currently live near nuclear facilities worry constantly about sudden earthquakes or operator neglect, which can cause a meltdown with consequent radiation pollution far and wide. Fukushima is the latest example. As the earthquakes are on the increase, and the 7 of 10 scenarios about to afflict those countries which have utilized nuclear power extensively, this concern will only increase.

The answer in these matters, which we have repeatedly explained, is first that the Element of Doubt must be maintained. This is an aspect of the gradual awakening of mankind to the alien presence that ensures that contactees will not be savaged by those in panic, fearing for their lives. In the past, the establishment - MJ12 composed of the CIA, military intelligence, and the very wealthy - withheld information on their preliminary contact with aliens. Where they claimed they were saving the public from panic, this move was self serving as they wanted alien technology for themselves, and also did not want to be knocked from their perch in the eyes of the public.

Rather than reassure the public about the alien presence, the old MJ12 deliberately moved to foster fear in the public. Hollywood has been enlisted to produce a stream of movies showing aliens landing to eat people, colonize the Earth, and infect and takeover human bodies and minds. The old MJ12 likewise harassed and monitored contactees, to control the plethora of books and videos being produced by enthusiastic contactees. The Element of Doubt at base is to protect the growing army of contactees, whom the establishment fears. What it their threat? That they challenge the legitimacy of the establishment to lead, creating a secret network, an information exchange taking place on space ships among contactees, which the establishment is powerless to stop.

Enter the nuclear power plant issue, which is a legitimate concern even among those in the establishment. As the pace of the Earth changes has picked up, our answers have moved from being vague in 2008, stressing that this is in the hands of man, to hinting by 2010 that the collective Call from many in the Service-to-Other would make a difference and that alien interference would be allowed, to admitting after Fukushima in 2011 that some interference had occurred.

Has the degree of concern from Service-to-Other souls on Earth, giving a collective Call on this matter, made a difference? Unquestionably. From the start of ZetaTalk we have stressed that matters such as a healing only take place as a result of a Service-to-Other call. Those who Call for themselves, out of self interest, are ignored. The collective Call out of concern for others, made by those in the Service-to-Other on Earth, have and will make a difference on the nuclear power plant issue.

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Lightning strike affected Dounreay nuclear site

  • 22 August 2019

A nuclear power complex was among sites affected by a power cut caused by a lightning strike, it has emerged.

Supplies in part of Caithness were disrupted during bad weather on 17 June.

The operators of Dounreay said there was a short loss of supply to the site near Thurso.

Dounreay's incident control room was set up and operators said there was no risk to people or the environment. The site's regulators were informed.

There was not a direct strike on the experimental nuclear power plant.

The site of Britain's former centre of nuclear fast reactor research and development, Dounreay is in the process of being decommissioned and the land cleaned up.

An interim end state, when the decommissioning work has been completed, is expected to be reached between 2030 and 2033.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 11, 2019 at 2:47am

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Five dead after explosion at Russian nuclear facility during missile test — radiation spike detected: report

Russia’s nuclear agency said Saturday an explosion during missile testing in the Arctic left five workers dead and involved radioactive isotopes after a nearby city recorded a spike in radiation levels.

Rosatom said the force of the explosion on Thursday blew several of its staff from a testing platform into the sea.

Russia’s military did not initially say that the accident involved nuclear equipment, but stressed that radiation levels were normal afterwards.

Officials in the nearby city of Severodvinsk nonetheless reported that radiation levels briefly increased after the accident.

The incident occurred in the far northern Arkhangelsk region during testing of a liquid propellant jet engine when an explosion sparked a fire, killing two, a defence ministry statement said.

It was not known whether those two deaths were among the five that Rosatom reported.

Russian state news agencies quoted a defence ministry source as saying both defence ministry and Rosatom employees had been killed.

Rosatom said its staff were providing engineering and technical support for the “isotope power source” of a missile.

The missile was being tested on a platform at sea when its fuel caught fire and triggered an explosion, Rosatom said in a statement quoted on Russian television.

Several staff were blown into the sea by the blast, the nuclear agency said, adding that it only announced the deaths once there was no more hope that the employees had survived.

The accident left three other people with burns and other injuries, Rosatom said.

Authorities initially released few details of the accident at the Nyonoksa test site on the White Sea, used for testing missiles deployed in nuclear submarines and ships since the Soviet era.

The defence ministry said six defence ministry employees and a developer were injured, while two “specialists” died of their wounds.

Professor Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies said his “working hypothesis” was that the blast “was related to Russia’s nuclear-powered cruise missile, the 9M730 Burevestnik (NATO name: SSC-X-9 Skyfall).”

Radiation spike

Authorities in Severodvinsk, 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the test site, said Thursday on their website that automatic radiation detection sensors in the city “recorded a brief rise in radiation levels” around noon that day.

The post was later taken down and the defence ministry said radiation levels were normal after the accident.

A Severodvinsk civil defence official, Valentin Magomedov, told TASS state news agency that radiation levels rose to 2.0 microsieverts per hour for half an hour from 11:50 am (0850 GMT).

This exceeded the permitted limit of 0.6 microsieverts, he added.

Greenpeace Russia published a letter from officials at a Moscow nuclear research centre who gave the same figure, but said higher radiation levels lasted for an hour. The officials said this did not present a significant risk to public health.

Ankit Panda of the Federation of American Scientists noted on Twitter that the missile “is suspected to have some sort of a miniaturized reactor in its propulsion unit,” and added: “a crash likely resulted in not-insignificant radioisotope dispersion.”

Russian online media published an unattributed video which reportedly showed ambulances speeding through Moscow to a centre that specialises in the treatment of radiation victims.

Rosatom said the injured were being treated at a “specialised medical centre”.

– Iodine panic –

An expert from Moscow’s Institute for Nuclear Research, Boris Zhuikov, told RBK independent news site that isotope power sources are not normally dangerous for people working with them.

“If they are damaged, people who are nearby could be hurt. Isotope sources use various types of fuel: plutonium, promethium or cerium,” Zhuikov said.

The radioactivity levels involved are “absolutely not comparable with those during serious accidents at reactors,” he added.

But news of the accident prompted Severodvinsk residents to rush to pharmacies for iodine, which can help prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing radiation.

“People started to panic. Within a matter of an hour all the iodine and iodine-containing drugs were sold out,” pharmacist Yelena Varinskaya told AFP.

In 1986, the Soviet Union suffered the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl, a disaster that authorities initially tried hard to cover up.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 31, 2019 at 1:26am

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Radioactivity found in drinking water north of Columbia

July 30, 2019 10:35 AM,

State regulators are pressing a small utility with a history of troubles to explain why elevated levels of radioactivity showed up in the drinking water the company piped to customers last year in Fairfield County.

The Jenkinsville Water Co. violated state drinking water standards for radioactivity from July through December of last year, even though the company had installed a treatment system to filter out the contamination.

Radioactivity levels have dropped to within safe standards in recent months, but not by much — and state regulators say they are concerned about the 2,500 people who rely on Jenkinsville Water.

The letter gave Jenkinsville a month to tell the public about the violations. In the meantime, DHEC is considering making an enforcement case against Jenkinsville Water that could result in fines or other sanctions. The violations have been referred to DHEC’s enforcement staff, agency spokeswoman Laura Renwick said in an email.

Jenkinsville, a community of working class neighborhoods and higher-end lake houses north of Columbia, has had problems with radioactivity in the water before. Since 2010, the water company has been sanctioned by DHEC four separate times for failing to comply with state drinking water standards, including two for radioactivity.

The company began treating the water at one problematic well after finding radioactivity exceeded safe drinking water standards in 2013 and 2014. Some of the problems cleared up after the treatment process began, but radioactivity levels spiked last year in the public supply well on Clowney Road, DHEC records show.

The Jenkinsville Water Co. operates in a part of South Carolina served by the V.C. Summer nuclear plant, but its problems are not known to be related to the power plant. Like some other small water systems, Jenkinsville is in an area where radioactivity occurs naturally in groundwater.

Despite that, water systems must take steps to lower the naturally occurring radiation in drinking water they supply to customers to make sure people’s health is protected. Over time, drinking water with elevated levels of radioactive pollutants can increase a person’s chances of bone cancer and kidney damage.

In this case, Jenkinsville was cited for having gross alpha levels above safe drinking water standards. These readings are a measure of radioactivity in the water from contaminants such as radium or uranium.

DHEC says it is not common for water systems to have violations for high gross alpha readings. Agency records show that from 2012 to 2018, the agency made more than 250 enforcement cases for drinking water violations statewide, but only about a dozen were for radioactive pollution in water.

Jenkinsville Water Co. manager Greg Ginyard said the water is safe to drink. He maintained that the treatment system is functioning since radioactivity has met the safe drinking water standard this year. DHEC said other wells the company relies on comply with the radiation standard.

Ginyard questioned whether elevated levels of gross alpha radiation last year resulted from DHEC errors since that agency tests the water. He is scheduled to meet with DHEC Aug. 7.

“It could have been a mistake,’’ Ginyard said. “We didn’t know anything about it until Thursday, when we got the letter from DHEC.’’

The Jenkinsville Water Co. is one of many small utilities across South Carolina that struggle to comply with drinking water requirements. Unlike big systems, scores of smaller systems lack the money or the expertise to operate in compliance with state and federal safe drinking water laws, The State reported in its “Tainted Water’’ series this past March. Small water systems individually serve only small pockets of the state’s population, but collectively provide water to about 800,000 people.

“You are responsible for providing safe potable water to your customers,’’ according to a July 23 letter to Jenkinsville from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Water quality “data indicates a necessity for you to initiate an investigation and some form of corrective actions to resolve the violations.’’

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Small explosion and fire at Columbia nuclear plant bring more federal scrutiny

July 15, 2019 04:58 PM
Westinghouse Nuclear has sparked concerns recently among neighbors about spills and leaks near its Columbia plant. The company makes atomic fuel for nuclear power plants across the country.

A nuclear fuel factory with a history of safety and pollution troubles near Columbia is under federal scrutiny after a fire erupted last week in a drum containing radioactive material.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans an inspection later this month at the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel plant on Bluff Road to learn more about the incident, which occurred early Friday.

A federal report shows that a lid blew off the drum, dispersing some contents from the barrel and leading to the fire. The drum contained contaminated mop heads, filters, rags and laboratory waste that smoldered, before paper in the drum ignited, the report shows.

Several ounces of uranium 235, a radioactive heavy metal, were in the container, the report says

“About 2 in the morning, (plant personnel) heard a loud noise and discovered the lid from the drum had blown off and smoke was issuing from the drum,’’ NRC spokesman Joey Ledford said. “They called the fire brigade out.’

Inhaling or ingesting high concentrations of uranium can cause bone, lung and liver cancer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report says no one was injured and the public was in no danger, but the incident is the latest in a series of troubles that have plagued the nuclear fuel factory southeast of Columbia.

Tom Clements, a nuclear watchdog from Columbia, said the problems at the Westinghouse plant are worrisome.

“They just can’t get their operations straight where there are no problems,’’ Clements said. “It remains a concern that management of the operation is not as it should be.’’

The Westinghouse plant, established more than 50 years ago, drew public scrutiny and criticism last year following the leak of uranium through a hole in the floor. The public later learned of other leaks at the plant that had not been reported by Westinghouse to state or federal authorities, prompting intense criticism by neighbors who said they had been kept in the dark. Groundwater beneath the plant is contaminated and many people worry that it will spread off the site.

Three years ago, the NRC launched a major investigation of the plant, after learning that hazardous amounts of uranium had built up in an air scrubber. The amount of uranium found in the air pollution device was three times higher than the federal safety standard, raising concerns about whether workers could have been exposed. No one was injured, but some workers were laid off temporarily while part of the plant was shut down during the investigation. Problems with air pollution scrubbers dated back 10 years, federal officials said.

Westinghouse officials have pledged to improve operations at the plant and have said they are committed to keeping the public better informed.

The company said it has launched a detailed investigation of why the incident occurred and “has taken actions’’ to prevent future problems like the fire. Among the efforts underway are improving controls to make sure some materials are not mixed together. The company also is looking at adding vents to relieve pressure inside the drums and monitoring for heat build-ups.

“On Friday, June 12, a drum holding uranium-containing materials used in our operations, including mops, rags, laboratory waste and a small amount of paper, had a chemical reaction and ignited,’’ the company said in a statement Monday. “The materials had been packaged for uranium recovery and incineration. The fire was quickly extinguished by plant personnel, with no impact on people, the environment or the plant. The safety of our employees and community is our highest priority. Air samples taken within the area confirmed no impact to plant personnel, the public or the environment.

Meanwhile, the NRC report said no problems were found with other drums in the area where the fire occurred. The incident occurred in an area of the plant where uranium is recovered and recycled.

The Westinghouse plant is one of the Columbia area’s major employers, with about 1,000 workers. The 550,000-square-foot facility manufactures nuclear fuel pellets for use in commercial atomic power plants. The factory was established in 1969 in a rural area of eastern Richland County between Interstate 77 and Congaree National Park.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 9, 2019 at 3:24am

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Cracks Have Been Found On A Nuclear Reactor In Scotland That May Lead To Evacuations Of Major Cities

Fans of Chernobyl know that nuclear incidents are serious business and it seems that we are doomed to remake our past mistakes.

June 8, 2019

Exactly one month after the premiere of the hit HBO miniseries Chernobyl news of cracks to a nuclear reactor at the Hunterston B nuclear power plant near Ardrossan, Scotland are flooding the internet.

Scotland is home to two of Europe's oldest nuclear reactors, one of these is the Hunterston B nuclear power plant at 43 years old. Both plants are way beyond their operating lifetime and have had their operating life extended on two occasions by the EDF Energy. Both reactors are scheduled to be decommissioned in 2023, but currently, the power plant holds serious safety issues.

Edinburgh Live reports that the reactors have what is known as keyway root-cracking. This is a process where the graphite moderator cores that are housed inside of the reactor develop cracks. These cracks can cause instability within the core which can lead to a major nuclear incident. Persons who have watched the Chernobyl miniseries on HBO would have a very good idea of what can be the potential risk of such an incident.

The reactors have been off due to the cracks since October 2018 but EDF Energy who owns the plant is lobbying for its reopening stating that the probability of a meltdown is very low. However, it is very important to note a meltdown of the plant would have severe consequences, the minimum of which would be an evacuation of Edinburgh and Glasgow due to radioactive contamination. As we know radioactive contamination can leave an area uninhabitable for generations. So is a couple more years of turning profits really worth the loss of life, landscape, flora, and fauna that is likely to occur? Would shareholders knowingly take such a risk?

Two of the lobbyist against restarting the reactor are Dr.Ian Fairlie, an independent

consultant on radioactivity in the environment and Dr. David Toke, Reader in Energy Policy at the University of Aberdeen.

They had this to say:

This is a serious matter because if an untoward incident were to occur – for example an earth tremor, gas excursion, steam surge, sudden outage, or sudden depressurisation, the barrels could become dislodged and/or misaligned.

These events could in turn lead to large emissions of radioactive gases. Further, if hot spots were to occur and if nuclear fuel were to react with the graphite moderator they could lead to explosions inside the reactor core.

In the very worst case the hot graphite core could become exposed to air and ignite leading to radioactive contamination of large areas of central Scotland, including the metropolitan areas of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The last period which saw the operational life of the reactors in the Hunterston B nuclear power plant get a renewal had an operational limit of 350 cracks which inspection has revealed that it is currently exceeding. The EDF is petitioning for this operational limit to be doubled to 700 cracks.

Hopefully, the persons in charge learn from mistakes of the past and don't take any risks when it comes to nuclear reactors.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 22, 2019 at 1:40am

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Reactor shut down after electrical cable fails at Plymouth nuclear plant

May 21, 2019

May 21-- May 21--A degraded electric cable led to a manual scram, or shutdown, Friday of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), control-room operators shut down the reactor at 11:03 p.m. when a circulating-water pump lost power.

"The shutdown was uncomplicated," stated Neil Sheehan, NRC Public Affairs. "One of our resident inspectors assigned to Pilgrim on a full-time basis responded to the plant and independently reviewed the operators' handling of the shutdown and equipment performance. He did not identify any immediate safety concerns."

A manual scram was implemented Friday evening when employees of Entergy, which operates the nuclear power plant, received indications that one of the two seawater pumps was not working. Pilgrim has a boiling water reactor which uses seawater for cooling. The water pumps take water from the bay and circulate it through tubes inside the condenser to cool steam produced by the reactor to spin the turbine.

According to Patrick O'Brien, Entergy's Senior Communications Specialist, control-room operators shut down the reactor in accordance with their procedures.

"After a thorough investigation, one of three electrical cables to the seawater pump B was found to be degraded," he said. "A plan was established to fix the issue and the electrical connection was repaired."

According to a scram report filed with the NRC by Entergy, the reactor was at 70 percent core thermal power at the time. The shutdown was initiated when a condenser vacuum began to degrade. According to the report, "all control rods are inserted as designed" and "the plant is in hot shutdown."

The scram report also stated, "This event has no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The licensee will notify the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency."

Decommissioning of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant is scheduled to begin at the end of the month. Entergy would not comment if the reactor would be restarted before that date.

"Safety remains our number-one priority as we continue toward our final shutdown on May 31," O'Brien said

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Ukraine says radiation levels safe after nuclear plant fire

Kiev, April 30 (AFP) Apr 30, 2019
Ukrainian officials said Tuesday that radiation levels remained safe after a fire broke out at a nuclear power plant, leading to the shutdown of one of the reactors.

The fire, which was extinguished within an hour, began late Monday at the Rivne nuclear power station in western Ukraine, around 300 kilometres (190 miles) from Kiev.

It erupted in an electrical transformer, triggering the reactor protection system and "the third reactor was turned off," Ilona Zayets, a spokeswoman for the state nuclear agency Energoatom, told AFP on Tuesday.

"Radiation levels have not risen," she said, adding that no one was hurt as a result of the incident.

She said the causes are being investigated.

The level of seriousness of the incident on the international scale for emergencies at nuclear stations is zero, the nuclear agency said in a statement.

The third reactor remained switched off on Tuesday because the transformer needs to be replaced.

Ukraine currently operates four nuclear power plants with a total of 15 reactors. Rivne power plant has four reactors.

Nuclear power is an important energy source for Ukraine, accounting for around 50 percent of its electricity production.

Ukraine was the scene of the world's worst nuclear disaster when one of the reactors at Chernobyl power station, which is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Kiev, exploded in 1986 during testing.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 6, 2019 at 7:35am

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HYDROGEN FLUORIDE RELEASE AT Y-12 PROMPTS PRECAUTIONARY EVACUATION OF EMPLOYEES

Emergency crews at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge responded to an emergency at the plant Thursday morning.

In a statement, officials with CNS Y-12 – which operates the facility for the federal government – say shortly before 8 a.m. sensors detected a possible release of hydrogen fluoride within a processing enclosure in Building 9212. No injuries were reported and, in their statement, officials said, “at this time, there is no offsite impact to the public as a result of the incident.”

Hydrogen fluoride is an acidic chemical used in some of the processes at Y-12. The statement also says, “appropriate precautionary protective actions have been initiated for Y-12 employees who are in the vicinity of the incident and who are not involved in the emergency response.”

On-site monitoring found no detectable levels of the chemical outside of the enclosure and systems in place were working properly to reduce the chemical levels within the enclosure.
All nuclear material was deemed safe and there was no indication of a “malevolent event.”

Employees were initially evacuated from the area, but were cleared to return to work for normal operations at around 9:45 am after the emergency was deemed “under control.”

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EAST TENNESSEE SHAKEN BY THREE EARTHQUAKES THURSDAY, RESIDENTS REPORTED HEARING LOUD ‘BOOM’ SOUNDS

Residents in Maryville started calling 911 to report they heard a series of ‘booms’ throughout the day Thursday.  The USGS reported that no earthquakes had shown up on their sensors.  More and more people called all afternoon saying they were hearing loud boom sounds.   Then last night – it was confirmed they were indeed earthquakes.  Three quakes over the span of seven hours.

The first was a 2.4 magnitude quake recorded at 12:09 p.m. a little more than a mile west-southwest of Maryville, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Two smaller tremors, each measuring 1.4 magnitude, followed at 4 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

This is following a series of quakes over the past several months shaking the region.  East Tennessean’s are wondering why so many quakes.  Scientists are wondering the same thing.  Last week a group of scientists deployed more seismic sensors in Alabama and Florida to find out if those quakes are caused by fracking for oil in the area.

Experts say as far as earthquakes go, East Tennessee is on shaky ground.

The region experiences more seismic activity than just about anywhere else in the eastern United States, though a December 4.4 magnitude quake near Decatur was unusually intense for the area.

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The Y-12 National Security Complex is a United States Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration facility located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, near the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It was built as part of the Manhattan Project for the purpose of enriching uranium for the first atomic bombs. It is considered the birthplace of the atomic bomb.[1] In the years after World War II, it has been operated as a manufacturing facility for nuclear weapons components and related defense purposes.

Y-12 is managed and operated under contract by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), which is composed of member companies Bechtel National, Inc., Leidos, Inc., Orbital ATK, Inc, and SOC LLC, with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. as a teaming subcontractor.[2] CNS also operates Pantex Plant in Texas

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Below-freezing temps shut down Salem nuclear reactor

Below-freezing temperatures early Thursday caused the shutdown of a reactor at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant.

Control-room operators manually shut down the Salem Unit 2 reactor at 3 a.m. after ice accumulated on screens used to filter out debris before water from the Delaware River is pumped into the plants, said Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan.

The reactor was still offline as of Thursday afternoon, said PSEG spokesman Joe Delmar. A similar shutdown occurred at the plant in 2010 as a result of slushy ice blocking the 70-foot filter screens. Each reactor has six pumps that move water in and out of the river, and those pumps trip when water isn’t pushed through the filters.

Below-freezing temperatures early Thursday caused the shutdown of a reactor at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant.

Control-room operators manually shut down the Salem Unit 2 reactor at 3 a.m. after ice accumulated on screens used to filter out debris before water from the Delaware River is pumped into the plants, said Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan.

The reactor was still offline as of Thursday afternoon, said PSEG spokesman Joe Delmar. A similar shutdown occurred at the plant in 2010 as a result of slushy ice blocking the 70-foot filter screens. Each reactor has six pumps that move water in and out of the river, and those pumps trip when water isn’t pushed through the filters.

Salem Unit 2 is one of three plants operated by PSEG Nuclear at the Artificial Island generating site in Lower Alloways Creek Township. In response to the shutdown, Sheehan said, Salem Unit 1 reduced power to 88 percent.

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Tittel called the current system “antiquated.”

“Here we are on one of the coldest days,” he said, “and they had to stop operating.”

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http://www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005514794

Alarm goes off at JAEA nuclear fuel facility

7:37 pm, January 31, 2019

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — An alarm indicating a radioactive leak went off at a nuclear fuel facility in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Wednesday afternoon, but no one was exposed to radiation in the incident, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency said.

No radioactive materials leaked outside of the premises of the JAEA’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering Laboratories in the village, the government-affiliated institute added.

The alarm went off at a plutonium fuel development laboratory in a radiation-controlled area at the facility around 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, according to the JAEA.

At the time, nine male workers were replacing the bag covering a stainless steel container for powdered mixed-oxide, or MOX, fuel, a blend of plutonium extracted from spent nuclear fuel, and uranium. They were wearing radiation protection suits and half-face masks during the task.Speech

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 25, 2019 at 6:25am

https://www.aikenstandard.com/news/radiation-contaminated-water-dis...

Radiation-contaminated water discovered at SRS facility, new report states

January 17 2019

Last month, rain leaked through the roof of a Savannah River Site nuclear processing facility, picked up radioactive contamination and then showed up in a so-called "clean area" on the facility's first floor, according to a final incident report filed Wednesday.

The leak and contamination was found Dec. 2, 2018, at H-Canyon, the nation's last up-and-running hardened nuclear chemical separations plant.

No injuries or exposures were mentioned in the report

The contaminated water was removed from the clean area, a warning was posted and additional inspections of the facility were done, according to the incident report. No other contamination was discovered, according to the same information.

The rain made its way into H-Canyon through an "expansion joint" where previous leaks had been observed, according to the incident report. Joints between sections of the building run vertically from the roof to the first floor, according to the report.

"Over time, some of these joints have failed and rainwater migrates into the facility," the report reads.

A plan has been developed to repair the H-Canyon roof, according to the incident report.

H-Canyon – now operated by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the SRS management and operations contractor – was constructed around 1950 and began operations in 1955.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, an independent nuclear-safety watchdog, was notified of the leak and contamination on Dec. 3, 2018.

Inquiries made to the U.S. Department of Energy were not immediately returned.

The incident report is available here.

https://orpspublic.doe.gov/orps/reports/displayReport2.asp?crypt=%8...

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