The Ongoing 2011 Accident at Fort Cal...

The Ongoing 2011 Accident at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant

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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Jan 13, 2014
Three years and 200 million dollars...16 days of operation...and they already had two shutdowns.

Were the new sluice gates cheaply purchase at Walmart...

Would that be great, putting on this kind of debt for 10 years...then have to within a year.

Goes to show you, if the majority of the plant is obsolete and degraded gear...throwing 200 million is a waste of money!

Good job bankrupt Exelon!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Jan 13, 2014
Notification Date: 01/09/2014
Notification Time: 06:42 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2014
Event Time: 05:18 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/09/2014

TECH SPEC REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO INOPERABLE RAW WATER PUMPS.

"At 0315 CST T.S. 2.0.1 was entered for all four Raw Water pumps being declared inoperable. The pumps were declared inoperable due to inability to close one of the sluice gates. There are six sluice gates and one is not functional.

"At 0518 the technical specification required shutdown commenced."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

*** UPDATE FROM AMY BURKHART TO NESTOR MAKRIS ON 01/09/14 AT 1915 EST ***

"At 0900 CST 1/9/14 Fort Calhoun Station Unit 1 was manually tripped and entered Mode 3. Reactor Coolant System (RCS) cooldown to less than 300 deg F was commenced at time 1030 CST 1/9/14. The RCS temperature was less than 300 deg F at time 1433 CST. A press release has been issued."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R4DO [Hagar]

Notification Date: 01/12/2014
Notification Time: 06:44 [ET]
Event Date: 01/12/2014
Event Time: 03:23 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/12/2014

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP FOLLOWING CONTROL ROD POSITION DEVIATION "After achieving criticality a deviation between control rods was observed by plant personnel. When attempting to level the control rods, one rod could not insert to the level of the rest of the group. A manual reactor trip was initiated by the operating crew. All tripable control rods fully inserted into the core."

The trip was uncomplicated and the licensee is investigating the cause of the control rod position deviation.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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