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NEWS: Washington State's Only Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down

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posted on Jul, 30 2004 @ 07:43 PM
In what is being reported as a minor incident today Washington State's only nuclear power plant was shut down after an automatic system failed. No reports of workers being exposed to radiation, No word on this being terror related. No threat to the public....

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Washington state's only commercial nuclear power plant stopped operations Friday after an automatic shutdown system failed to work properly.

State emergency officials said there was no release of radiation and no danger to the public.

The reactor, which is operated by Energy Northwest, will remain out of service until crews determine what caused the problem, said Brad Peck, spokesman for the company.

The automatic shutdown system was triggered by an indication of high pressure, said Ken Clark, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As part of the shutdown, all 185 control rods were supposed to insert into the reactor. But lights on a control panel indicated that two rods failed to insert, said Heather McMurdo, a spokeswoman for Energy Northwest.

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I am not sure what the people living near this area are thinking but I would speculate that they are very concerned about this event.

It would seem that this event is now under control. And poses no real threat to the public. Will continue to monitor this situation, and report to this thread if anything changes.

Related Link:

Wash. nuclear power plant halts operations

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Who shared the information but had other things to do.

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posted on Jul, 30 2004 @ 07:48 PM
Nothing to worry about. Only precautionary measures are being taken at the present time. These glitches are showing the vulnerability of the plant, which is never good in country that is code red. Being portrayed as a minor incident because it is a minor incident. lol

posted on Jul, 30 2004 @ 10:39 PM
Three Mile Island started out as a "minor incident" as well if memory serves me correctly.


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