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News has emerged of exceptionally high radiation levels at a nuclear reactor in northeast Ohio that has caused concern to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant in question is the Perry Nuclear Power Plant that was evacuated on Apr 22 after radiation levels rose while the plant was shutting down for a refuelling outage, revealed the commission.
The highest recorded radiation exposure to workers were measured at 98 millirems, which is the equivalent to two or three chest X-rays (emphasis added)
...the bottom line was it did not impact the safety or health of the contractors or the public. (emphasis added)
The Commission started inspecting the plant from Monday and refused to divulge how high the radiation levels are and how often such are carried out. (emphasis added)
The cover-up has been described as one of the largest in U.S. nuclear history. Acid that leaked through Davis-Besse's old reactor head burned a six-inch cavity into the massive steel lid. That exposed a thin stainless-steel liner, which started to bulge and crack. Had it burst, radioactive steam would have formed in containment of a U.S. nuclear vessel for the first time since the half-core meltdown of the Three Mile Island Unit 2 reactor in Pennsylvania in 1979," Tom Henry, Toledo Blade. Published August 29th.
Penalties nixed for ex-worker at Davis-Besse
WASHINGTON, DC -- "In the most serious episode involving a U.S. nuclear plant since Three Mile Island, the Davis-Besse plant in Ohio was shut down from 2002 to 2004 after the NRC failed to spot what it acknowledges were early signs of trouble. An acid leak through the reactor vessel's lid left a quarter-inch-thick steel veneer, according to NRC reports. Because emergency pumps also were faulty, core-cooling water leaking through the ruptured lid could have led to a meltdown. The NRC identified the leak in fall 2001 but let the plant keep operating. An NRC Inspector General's report in 2002 found the agency's willingness to keep the plant running 'was driven in large part by a desire to lessen the financial impact on (plant operator FirstEnergy) that would result from an early shutdown,'" Paul Davidson, USA Today.
How risky is the new era of nuclear power?
Originally posted by mustard seed
One can only pray we don't store RADIOACTIVE WASTE ON THE ROOFS OF OUR AGING REACTORS!
Originally posted by muzzleflash
Believe me, if I could turn into a super-hero and fly around Earth all day collecting all nuclear materials and fly them to the Sun and dump them there, I would. In a heartbeat.
Originally posted by paradiselost333
where is this plant exactly ??
OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO FATALITY OF A CONTRACT EMPLOYEE "On April 29, 2011, at approximately 1100 hours, a contract employee was found unresponsive in a vehicle, off the road, inside the Perry Nuclear Power Plant owner controlled area. At 1120 hours, it was confirmed by the Perry Fire Department that the individual was deceased. Notification has been made to the Lake County Sheriffs department and the Lake County Coroner. The death does not appear to be work related or the result of an accident. A preliminary diagnosis by the coroner is the individual suffered a heart attack. The Lake County Coroner is conducting a routine investigation into the death. "A press release is not planned at this time. The individuals name has not yet been released pending notification of next-of-kin. A notification to OSHA per 29CFR1904.39 will be made for this event.
Originally posted by mnmcandiez
I live right by this. So scary
Nuclear has to be the dumbest way to get energy ever invented.