Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: 1959, 1979, Cesium-137, hotspots, meltdown, melted blob, nuclear accident, radioactivity, reactor, strontium-90, UCLA
Not unlike my soul.
The EPA says 423 of the samples contained man-made radioactive contaminants exceeding background levels. Most of the contaminants were cesium-137 and strontium-90, both powerful carcinogenic substances.
Most samples exceeding background levels were found in the surface soil at locations known to be contaminated, including where the partial meltdown occurred on the morning of July 14, 1959. Details of that incident, which spewed colorless and odorless gases into the atmosphere, were not disclosed until 1979, when a group of UCLA students discovered documents and photographs that referred to a problem at the site involving a “melted blob.”
I’ll tell you what though. If I ever owned a nuclear reactor, and it went all meltdown and everything, I would inform the people living in the surrounding areas. So they could make arrangements and whatnot.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Calvert Cliffs, Constellation, Electricite de France, energy, Exelon, high neutron flux, Limerick nuclear plant, Nine Mile, nuclear energy, nuclear power, Oconee, reactor, reactor core
Constellation Nuclear Energy Group’s 630-megawatt Nine Mile Point 1 nuclear reactor in New York automatically shut on Tuesday due to high neutron flux — meaning neutrons are not equally spread around the reactor core. Power traders guessed it could have been a faulty sensor and the unit could be back soon.
Constellation Nuclear is a venture between French power company Electricite de France SA (EDF) and Chicago power company Exelon Corp.
A unit at Exelon’s Limerick nuclear plant in Pennsylvania shut early Wednesday, according to power traders. Officials at the company and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission could not confirm the Limerick shutdown.
Constellation Nuclear 855-MW took the Unit 1 at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in Maryland offline by early Wednesday due to a small leak in an instrument line. The company said it had already fixed the plant and was ramping up the unit.
North Carolina-based Duke Energy’s 846-MW Unit 1 at the Oconee nuclear plant in South Carolina also shut by early Wednesday. Details about the Oconee shutdown were not immediately available to comment.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Mitsubishi, NRC, nuclear accident, reactor, San Onofre, Sempra, SRE, super fireman, Time Fire
…Was extinguished before it started. That’s how good these guys are:
The fire ignited in an electrical panel in the “non-radiological side” of one of the plant’s two units, said Edison, which operates the plant and co-owns it with Sempra Energy’s (SRE) San Diego utility. The plant’s fire department put out the blaze a few minutes before 1 p.m. local time, less than an hour before it started, the company said.
Filed under: maps | Tags: Byron, Byron nuclear plant, Chicago, Exelon, reactor, tritium
Exelon sounds like a really evil cartoon villain c. 1985.