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Poorly regulated nuclear power plants had 14 ‘near-misses’ in 2010

Courtesy of Entergy Nuclear via the U.S. NRC

Location: Russellville, AR

Owner: Entergy

Near-miss: Security problems prompted the NRC to conduct a special investigation. Details not publicly available.

Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010

 

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Courtesy of CPL via the U.S. NRC

H.B. Robinson

Location: Florence, SC

Owner: Progress Energy

Near-miss: 1) On the 31st anniversary of Three Mile Island, this event replicated nearly all the problems that caused that meltdown: bad design, poor maintenance of problematic equipment, inadequate operator performance, and poor training. An investigation found numerous problems in many areas over many years. The Union of Concerned Scientists report: "There is simply no excuse for the fact that the company and NRC had not detected and corrected at least some of these problems before this event." 2) The same problems caused this reactor’s second near-miss in six months.

Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010

Courtesy of Dominion Energy via the U.S. NRC

Surry

Location: Newport News, VA

Owner: Dominion Generation

Near-miss: After an inadvertent shutdown of one reactor, an overheated electrical component caused a fire began in the control room. The same thing had happened in another reactor six months earlier.

Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010

Courtesy of WCNP via the U.S. NRC

Wolf Creek

Location: Burlington, KS

Owner: Wolf Creek Nuclear

Near-miss: Seven hours after the reactor shut down automatically because of a problem with the electrical grid, an NRC inspector found water leaking from a cooling system. Although an internal study in 2007 had predicted something along these lines, and a leak had actually occurred after a reactor shutdown in April 2008, the owner had taken few steps to correct the problem.

Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010


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