The Boss of PilgrimĎs NRC inspectors
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#1 Dec 3, 2013
I spent about an hour talking to this guy. Summed up the conditions in region 1 and complained the agency has gone weak kneed on us with non sited violation at Indian Point, Seabrook and Pilgrim. I told with the meteorological tower inop, the commissioner chairman came to Pilgrim saying they were one step from Fort Calhoun and we got enormous problems budgets-Natural Gas...now you are throwing out non cited violations like candy. We jostled about the tower being so out many times and the meaning of the national weather service. Told him he heís got at least three senators gunning for the agency and they donít need 60 votes anymore. I said you are using unjustly the NWS as a tool so you donít have to site the plant. Your guys are going weak on us at a critical time.
He listened to me attentively and engage me...actually another guy I like. I am not saying he is on my side by a far shot.
Told him the big problem is you donít have enough horsepower such that these plants donít fear you enough and fear the day when they donít tell you everything about their problems.
#2 Dec 4, 2013
Power Reactor Event Number: 49605
Region: 1 State: MA
RX Type: GE-3
NRC Notified By: PAUL GALLANT
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO Notification Date: 12/03/2013
Notification Time: 20:04 [ET]
Event Date: 12/03/2013
Event Time: 13:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/03/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii)- LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 82 Power Operation
LOSS OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY- EP CONFERENCING LINES UNAVAILABLE
"At approximately 1330 [EST] on Tuesday, December 03, 2013, while performing a table top drill, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) discovered that EP [Emergency Preparedness] bridge conferencing lines were unavailable. The conference lines affected included the mitigation line, plant data phone, radiation data phone, emergency conferencing line, and the back up conference bridge line. Reviews to determine the cause of the event and efforts to restore the system are ongoing.
"The licensee has determined the Emergency Plan to be functional based on other communication methods that are available between onsite and offsite facilities. These include direct telephone lines, portable handheld radios, satellite phones and cell phones. Immediate actions to establish compensatory conferencing lines have been completed. On-going actions are in-progress to ensure procedure instruction is provided at each facility to enable use of the compensatory conference lines.
"At the time of this report, the plant is currently operating at 82% power due to a planned power maneuver unrelated to the reported communication event.
"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector [and will notify the Commonwealth of Massachusetts].
#3 Dec 4, 2013
So now we are talking about the pathetic widespread condition of the infrastructure necessary to reliable evacuate the public and notify the state in a meltdown or potential meltdown.
I am telling you the truth, I am certain today he is thinking WTF am I dealing with than Mr Mulligan?
#4 Dec 4, 2013
I am telling you the truth, I am certain today he is thinking WTF am I dealing with that Mr Mulligan?
#5 Dec 4, 2013
I kept hitting him over and over ...why wasnít the Met tower reported to the NRC and the public. Why wasnít it in an event report or as UE? Why didnít the agency enforce this.
He never gave me a direct answer...so I would wait a few minutes and ask him the same question in different way. I did this at least three times.
So today we get this daily event report you see...
No question about it, this guy was really intelligent. He had a lot of miles under his belt! He got what I was doing.
#6 Dec 4, 2013
This is for Entergyís benefit.
So I called region 1 yesterday morning...their phone answering system is terrible. I get the regional administration number and give the secretary a call. So she gives me the number to the inspectorís boss. I leave a message on his telephone number. Right, I outline my past interest on this on the message recording, my complaint in their system...the issues I want to talk about with this. Maybe 10am.
Then he called me back at around 2 pm...
I tell him right off the bat I initiated your Met tower NRC inspection and the findings. He scoffs at this...no I said, I got it on your document system. You were responding to me complaint, blah, blah, blah, my inspectors were working on that long before that he said. I said I doubt it, I waited for the LER and the inspection report, you guys were in la la land ...you guys didnít have a clue the met tower was out in blizzard Nemo and many times before that.
He was feeling me out if I had Pilgrim staff cooperation on it?
Just like his quick phone call back to me....he was wondering if I had cooperation on the phone bridge thingy being out yesterday and the upcoming daily event report. They probable had the drill in the morning table top.
#7 Dec 4, 2013
"conferencing lines" is this entergy's property or the NRC's...or is it a private conferencing sevice?
Is this another thing we don't understand how it will preform in a emergency.
#8 Dec 4, 2013
I talked about the new complexity we have with the national weather services with my boss buddy yesterday. We donít understand how the communication lines are set up, we donít have any understanding communications and computer junk in the National weather service, the organizational rules, their QA...
Right, we got a highly trained staff at the plant and we got a QA system over the whole deal. We got and dependent regulator who oversees everything. We donít have that with the NWS. This what is supposed to make the mat tower highly reliable.
Then he talks about there is very good procedures that allows using the NWS. I remind him, say you own a jet airplane and have the best and most expensive procedures in the world. Those procedure means nothing unless the pilot is trained over and over again with how to operate the ship...and he says highly proficient at operating that craft.
Good procedures don't mean shit if they aren't tested over and over again in real world situations.
#9 Dec 4, 2013
A real accident might not use a conferencing line? Right, but then they wouldnít have made it a NRC mandated dailey event report.
Was the states involved with this bondoggle?
#10 Dec 4, 2013
His name was Ray Mckinley...he is the branch chief.
#11 Dec 4, 2013
Infrastructure issues continue to plague Plymouth's Pilgrim Nuclear
While officials briefed selectmen why Fukushima can't happen here, reactor had to be shutdown because of steam leak
Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/plymouth/news/x182...
#12 Dec 4, 2013
PLYMOUTH - Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down Tuesday night due to a leak on a valve that provides steam to the main turbine.
I will bet you it is been leaking for a long time...with it worsening recently.
Maybe my talk with the NRC helped them...
#13 Dec 4, 2013
Talked yesterday about the Palisades debacle. I would have thought Entergy would have learned from that painful episode. They were up and down a lot...very costly shutdowns...lost reputational points.
I thought they would never want to go that way again as a corporation...then we have the Palisades adventure all over again with Pilgrim.
I told Ray, this isnít just about the Met tower...it was about a pattern of poor behavior at Pilgrim, back to Palisades...within Entergy for a very long time.
And they donít seem to learn by their mistake...
#14 Dec 4, 2013
Feynman's Appendix to the Rogers Commission Report on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident
If a reasonable launch schedule is to be maintained, engineering often cannot be done fast enough to keep up with the expectations of originally conservative certification criteria designed to guarantee a very safe vehicle. In these situations, subtly, and often with apparently logical arguments, the criteria are altered so that flights may still be certified in time. They therefore fly in a relatively unsafe condition, with a chance of failure of the order of a percent (it is difficult to be more accurate).
Official management, on the other hand, claims to believe the probability of failure is a thousand times less. One reason for this may be an attempt to assure the government of NASA perfection and success in order to ensure the supply of funds. The other may be that they sincerely believed it to be true, demonstrating an almost incredible lack of communication between themselves and their working engineers.
In any event this has had very unfortunate consequences, the most serious of which is to encourage ordinary citizens to fly in such a dangerous machine, as if it had attained the safety of an ordinary airliner. The astronauts, like test pilots, should know their risks, and we honor them for their courage. Who can doubt that McAuliffe was equally a person of great courage, who was closer to an awareness of the true risk than NASA management would have us believe?
>>>Let us make recommendations to ensure that NASA officials deal in a world of reality in understanding technological weaknesses and imperfections well enough to be actively trying to eliminate them. They must live in reality in comparing the costs and utility of the Shuttle to other methods of entering space. And they must be realistic in making contracts, in estimating costs, and the difficulty of the projects. Only realistic flight schedules should be proposed, schedules that have a reasonable chance of being met. If in this way the government would not support them, then so be it. NASA owes it to the citizens from whom it asks support to be frank, honest, and informative, so that these citizens can make the wisest decisions for the use of their limited resources.<<<
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
Dr. Feynman discusses his experience on the Rogers Commission as part of his second autobiographical volume:
#15 Dec 4, 2013
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
#16 Dec 5, 2013
You get it, the implication was the NRC was sitting on the steam leak to dress up the pathetic shutdown history of Pilgrim.
#17 Dec 5, 2013
How about the psychological effects of putting the driver in isolated empty box or sitting on top of a power locomotive. I donít like the idea of putting a driver seated at an elevation close to the tracks versus a much higher elevation on top of the locomotive.
#18 Dec 23, 2013
I like this one!
#19 Dec 23, 2013
Not sure what the Space Shuttles have to do with the NRC, but anyway...
What was the very last thing Christa McAuliffe said?
"Gee I wonder what this button is for"
actually, it was blown up on purpose, another symbolic human sacrifice by the evil Illuminati
understand the symbolic language of the Illuminati is the hidden meaning of the names of the Space Shuttles, "We Colombia(ns)[Illuminati] have a great Enterprise- our Endeavor for the Discovery of Atlantis (bringing our New World Order agenda to fruition)... and all Challengers shall be destroyed."
Israeli Anti-Missile Test Blew Up Space Shuttle Columbia
Rense DOT com/general95/anti-missle-test DOT html
Not only was the Israeli military incensed by my revealing that their faulty laser gun system had destroyed the U.S. space craft from within but also that the expose was seen as insulting to astronaut Ilan Ramon, the Israeli war hero who had earlier led the air strike on Iraqís Osirak nuclear reactor.
The Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986, was immediately followed by the greatest cover-up in aerospace history, an information blackout that continues till now,
#20 Dec 23, 2013
Not worth it!
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