Nuclear Waste Casks Not Completely Tested
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#1 Nov 3, 2011
Sounds Like the BP Oil Debacle .
Remember that ? The powers to be decided not to fully test parts ,they decided to do it on the CHEAP.
Real cheap considering the loss of life, health, way of life , real cheap.They knew better, right. STUPID AND ARROGANT.
WHY, why in the name of God would anyone decide not to fully test a nuclear dry cask . WHY ?
As a postscript this latest outrage deserves it's own thread .Lets say in memorian for the victims of the BP oil spill.We have a new glimpse how cheap the NRC , and the nuclear engery powers are . The lack of RESPECT for our communities is unbelievable. UNBELIEVABLE.
#2 Nov 3, 2011
I can hear it now.
WE KNOW BETTER than the public.
Go fly a kite .Your trustworthyness is shot to hell.
#3 Nov 3, 2011
"Entergy acknowledges that “due to an oversight” it has failed to monitor radiation coming from casks of high-level radioactive waste stored on the banks of the Connecticut River starting in June of 2008, even though such monitoring is a condition of Entergy’s cask-storage permit issued by Vermont’s Public Service Board (August ’09)."
#4 Nov 3, 2011
While lifting one of these untested casks, now full of highly radioactive nuclear waste, with a crane that had ALSO not been properly tested there was a:
Crane brake failure at Vermont nuclear plant
20 May 2008
"A partial brake failure on a crane working with radioactive materials at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, lead to a load being dropped.
The crane was being used to lift a 97t cask of high level radioactive waste out of a temporary storage pool inside the plant, ready to be moved to a permanent storage site outside. The lift was the first in a planned programme of moves at the plant in Vermont, USA, aimed at improving storage of the material.
As part of the lift, the load was to be lowered to a position around 4in off the floor, so workers could remove a plastic shield from the bottom of the cask. The brakes failed as the cask was being lowered, leading it to drop without proper control. It ended up hanging an inch and half off of the ground.
Engineers at the Entergy site identified a problem with the electrical relays controlling the crane's brakes. According to reports in the Rutland Herald, the crane had been load tested before the lift, but not with a load that weighed as much as the cask being lifted.
Entergy spokesman Rob Williams told local Vermont Public Radio,“The crane safety design provides for a very slow lowering in any circumstances, including in this circumstance where we had a relay problem in the crane mechanism.”
However, David Lochbaum, a nuclear scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, told the Herald that the accident is symptomatic of poor crane safety supervision by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Citing an accident at Browns Ferry nuclear plant, where a crane dropped its hook and injured a worker, but the commission decided it wasn't responsible as the crane wasn't carrying a load, Lochbaum told the paper,“By telegraphing industry again and again that it's not taking crane operations seriously NRC is essentially telling Entergy that crane operations aren't on the test. Consequently, Entergy didn't give it the attention needed to prevent problems.”"
#5 Nov 3, 2011
To clarify, Vermont Yankee:
- Loaded nuclear waste casks that had not been properly leak tested
- Dropped one of these casks full of highly radioactive nuclear waste with a faulty crane which had also not been properly tested
- Then failed to test these casks (including the one that was dropped), which had not been properly leak tested before they were filled, for radioactive leaks, for more than a year "due to an oversight"
#6 Nov 3, 2011
yikes, you've made three solid points and provided support for them. Let the character assasinations BEGIN!
#7 Nov 3, 2011
You have a funny definition of "solid" and "support"
PS Your spelling still sucks jerkwad.
#8 Nov 3, 2011
you took it as an INVITATION?
what a LOSER!
#11 Dec 26, 2012
Holtec Interntional is a disgusting, reprehensible place to work. The CEO - disyances himself from all decisions..relying instead on a group of synchophants in QA and HR to make decisions.
Thanks to QAs power, there's a constant revolving door because the manager is too much of a self-absorbed imbecile to fix porblems. So when a quality issue arises he fires someone to make it look like he's a "TAKE CHARGE" individual. Yet we all know that the only reason why this d**chenozzle has a job is because his daddy is an executive at Holtec.
When the company wants to fire someone - someone competent - to make a point - they'll wait until you do something like show up ten minutes late for work (even though..for 5 years..you gave them 20 horus a week in unpaid OT). Then they revise the employee manual to state that tardiness wil result in termination. THen they escort you out the door...with out warning or severence pay.
They company - due to it's incredibly low salaries relies on green card workers from India. By and large they are an intolerable bunch because they think that simply being Indian with degree makes them better than their american counterparts.
Training (and this is a company that stresses quality and deals with the nucleqr industry) is nonexistent. You're left to figure it all out until you learn to cover your butt or are fired for making a mistake.
Don't be fooled by the company videos shown on the show "How It's Made". The plant is a sh8thole.But when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
They have QA issues because they cannot deal with the the QA paperwork (over 200 pages) that accompany the most simple parts. They refuse to deal with engineering and will only contact them if an issue arisies - because they do not review designs for manufacturability, materials, etc.
And now these folks intend to design a small nuclear reactor (SMR LLC). The paint hasn't even dried on the walls and they're already violated DOE guidelines. be afraid. The CEO signs nothing. His signature appears nowhere. The company is in his wife's name.
#12 Dec 26, 2012
Sounds like you are the one with the porblem (sic)
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