Mar 21, 2013
"On the anniversary of the expiration of the CPG and the expected planned closure date, SURPRISE! more troubles at the troubled VYNPS in Vernon VT. Looks like news involving the panel blow-out from in the secondary containment in the top floor of the reactor building which happened on Monday at VY couldn't be buried until Friday & beginning of the weekend news dump, but making it to Thursday from Monday still quite a feat.
Both Brattleboro Reformer & Rutland Herald had stories published in todays papers about the latest 'mishap'.
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[..]NRC also announced that Yankee, which is currently shut down for refueling and maintenance, had a panel in the secondary containment of the reactor building "blow out" early Monday morning because of over-pressurization in the building[..]
Reportedly, when those highly-trained "experts" at the plant started the heating, ventilation & air conditioning the exhaust system failed:
[..]workers had started up the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the reactor building early Monday, but the exhaust fan did not come on, creating what he called a "slight increase" in air pressure in the pressurized building.
A 6-by-10-foot aluminum panel was blown out and landed dozens of feet away, on top of the turbine building. The panel is supposed to be attached to a wire rope, according to Uldis Vanags, the state nuclear engineer who sent a memo about the problem to members of the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel.
Once again working their euphemistic magic at every juncture. No problems here, just a "slight increase" of air pressure, like the infamous "small 1/8 inch holes" in the leaking pipes & other pipe leaks emitting those "tiny puffs of steam".
My my. A bit difficult to minimize a "6' x 10' aluminum panel". I see they didn't attempt to call it a "relatively small light-weight metal panel"-too obvious.
According to NRC & Entergy, there was:
no discernable increase in the release of radiation from the reactor building with the hole.
So it couldn't be "discerned". How about "measured"?
NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said a senior health physicist had done calculations on whether the opening presented a public danger and concluded it did not.
Looks like the unnamed "health physicist" used "calculations". Extrapolated from one their trusty "models"?
"The panels worked as designed," said Rob Williams, spokesman for Yankee. "But we are looking into why the exhaust fans didn't operate."
"Our resident inspectors at Vermont Yankee, with support from Region I Office specialists, will continue to review the activities until the issue is fully resolved, including the development of a root cause evaluation and corrective actions," said Sheehan.
A temporary cover has been put in place pending the installation of a permanent fix.
More dubious double-speak. "Worked as designed". Ha! Good old VY, thrifty as ever with their duct-tape bubblegum-methodology slaps a "temporary cover" on it & calls it a day." ...