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The hyperspeed of reporting around the world by everyone from average citizens to professional journalists makes the danger of inaccuracies higher. The constant corrections about the circumstances surrounding Osama bin Laden's death is but one recent example, he said.
Jacqui Banaszynski, who teaches journalism at the University of Missouri, said news consumers should seek several trusted sources of information, rather than a single Tweet or YouTube video.
Originally posted by Essan
Floods spur wild rumours of nuclear plant perils in Nebraska
I like the advice they give at the end - some here could do with taking note.
Originally posted by youallcrazy
reply to post by SarK0Y
far better to take the word of people who know how a nuclear power plant operates than some guy on the internet
Originally posted by kissitgoodbye
More bad news guys. I just saw on Yahoo news front page that a secondary levee in Iowa has failed and water is now blocking a highway and the bridge to Blair, Nebraska.
Originally posted by youallcrazy
here is the webpage of the Omaha public power district that they set up to answer all the unfounded rumors on the plants safety.
Operators of the Fort Calhoun and Cooper plants and the federal agency that regulate them say the reactors are flood-proof, are in no danger of leaking, and extra precautions have been taken.
The incident that apparently ignited the blogosphere controversy appears to be rooted in a June 7 electrical fire in a switchgear room at Fort Calhoun. That [color=limegreen]fire disrupted cooling systems for 90 minutes, which critics said threatened to result in a radiation leak.
The Cooper nuclear plant, near Brownville, issued an alert on June 19 known as a "notification of unusual event" advising the agency that the river was rising near the plant. At one point, the Missouri River came within 18 inches of forcing the Cooper plant to shut down, but it is still operating.
Flood Rumor Control
Following are responses to flood-related rumors that OPPD has heard about.
In a cable television news clip that is widely circulating on the Internet, a wide array of topics related to Fort Calhoun Station is discussed. We hope this background information may be helpful to put comments in context.
Rumor: A National Weather Service (NWS) river gauge malfunction is affecting safety at Fort Calhoun Station. Not true.
• First, Fort Calhoun Station has its own river gauge, and is not reliant on NWS gauges.
• Second, the use of any river gauge would be to determine when to shut down the plant. Fort Calhoun already was shut down for refueling.
Rumor: Water in the spent fuel pool came close to boiling.
• The temperature of the water surrounding and above Fort Calhoun’s fuel and spent fuel is and has been around 80 degrees.
• Even when the spent fuel pool pumps were not circulating water for about an hour and a half, temperature only rose about two degrees.
Rumor: A no-fly zone was set up around Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station because of a release of radiation, similar to what happened with the Fukushima reactors in Japan.
• There has been no release of radioactivity at Fort Calhoun Station due to the flooding and none is expected.
• The flight restrictions were set up by the FAA as a result of Missouri river flooding.
• OPPD’s extensive, preplanned actions to protect the FCS reactor and spent-fuel pool from the floodwaters have been effective.
• The reactor is housed in a watertight containment building, and is in a normal and safe “cold shutdown” condition, covered by more than 23 feet of purified reactor coolant water.
• In addition, OPPD has installed Aqua Dams® and other berms around such vital equipment and buildings at the FCS site.
El Qaeda and nuke plant news blackout? - Topix
... the Fort Calhoun plant near Blair, Neb., which it described as "one of the worst" in U.S. history. The report goes on to say President Barack Obama has ordered news organizations not to report the accident and imposed a "no-fly" zone over the plant because of radiation leaks from "a near catastrophic meltdown." ...