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Explosion rocks nuclear power plant in Belgium

| | 01 Nov 2015 | An explosion occurred overnight at a nuclear power plant in Doel, northern Belgium, local media reported, adding that the blast caused a fire. The exact damage from the incident remains unknown. The blast happened around 11pm local time on Saturday. The fire started in Reactor 1 of the plant, but was soon extinguished by personnel.


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Cooling system failure shuts down Michigan nuclear power plant

| 16 Sept 2015 | DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant has been shut down for days. The Monroe News reports that the nuclear reactor in Frenchtown Township was manually shut down Sunday night because the plant’s cooling system stopped working.

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Missouri nuclear plant shut down 2nd time in 8 months

–NRC: Radiation levels in the containment building ‘slightly above normal’ | 23 July 2015 | The Ameren Corp. nuclear power plant [the Callaway Nuclear Generating Station] in central Missouri is shut down for the second time in eight months after a “non-emergency” leak in the reaction control system. The shutdown occurred at 1:15 a.m. Thursday at the plant near Fulton. Jeff Trammel of St. Louis-based Ameren called it a “minor steam leak.” Ameren officials are investigating the cause of the leak.

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Ohio’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant shuts down due to steam leak | 10 May 2015 | A nuclear power plant has been shut down after a steam leak was found in a ‘non-radioactive’ portion of the plant in northwest Ohio. Plant operator FirstEnergy Corp. shut down its Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo on Saturday night after the leak was discovered around 7 p.m. Saturday in a ‘part of the plant that doesn’t involve the nuclear reactor.’

Part of Indian Point nuclear plant still shut after transformer fire | 10 May 2015 | Part of a nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River. At an afternoon briefing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up the transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3. “There’s no doubt that oil was discharged into the Hudson River,” Cuomo said. “Exactly how much, we don’t know.”

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Feds Inspect Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Reactors After D.C. Blackout

| 14 April 2015 | Two reactors at a Maryland nuclear power plant are being inspected by federal officials after a massive power outage last week. A backup generator failed at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant–something that could have had serious consequences. Three inspectors are at Calvert Cliffs trying to determine what went wrong after last week’s power outage. When the lights went off last week across parts of D.C. and Maryland, power was also cut off at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.

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750 tons of Fukushima plant radioactive water leaked – TEPCO

–The leak has likely made its way to the ground – officials

| 12 March 2015 | In yet another major leak at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) reported that 750 tons of contaminated raidioactive rainwater have escaped the plant. The water overflowed from mounds where storage tanks for radioactive water are located, The Japan Times quoted TEPCO as saying. Rainwater within that perimeter had up to 8,300 becquerels per liter of beta particle-emitting radioactive substances, such as strontium-90.

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Fresh leak of highly radioactive water detected at Fukushima nuclear power plant

| 22 Feb 2015 | Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said the sensors, which were rigged to a gutter that pours rain and ground water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a nearby bay, detected contamination levels up to 70 times greater than the already-high radioactive status seen at the plant campus.

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4,000 errors in inspection records at Japan’s Onagawa nuclear plant

| 4 Feb 2015 | Tohoku Electric Power Company says it has found more than 4,000 improper entries in its inspection records about one of the reactors at its Onagawa nuclear power plant. The initial inspection was held to check a wide range of facilities at the plant’s No. 2 reactor after the great earthquake that hit northeastern Japan. The operator is hoping to restart the reactor about 100 kilometers north of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant. But Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority pointed out last year that Tohoku Electric’s inspection was lax and the firm was re-examining the inspection records on the No. 2 reactor.

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NRA head signals massive release of tainted water to help decommission Fukushima site 
The head of Japan’s nuclear watchdog said contaminated water stored at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant should be released into the ocean to ensure safe decommissioning of the reactors.  Shunichi Tanaka, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, made the comment Dec. 12 after visiting the facility to observe progress in dismantling the six reactors. The site was severely damaged in the tsunami generated by the 2011 earthquake.
“I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of tanks (holding water tainted with radioactive substances),” Tanaka told reporters, indicating they pose a danger to decommissioning work. “We have to dispose of the water.”  
With regard to expected protests by local fishermen over the discharge, Tanaka said, “We also have to obtain the consent of local residents in carrying out the work, so we can somehow mitigate (the increase in tainted water).”

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First Japanese nuclear power plant since Fukushima to resume operations

–Local governor gives final approval to restart two reactors at Sendai despite resident’ concerns

7 Nov 2014 A local governor in Japan has given final approval to restart a nuclear power plant in southern Japan, the first to resume operations in the country under new safety rules imposed after the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami. Kagoshima governor Yuichiro Ito said restarting two reactors at the Sendai power station would go ahead despite the concerns of residents.

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3 Found With Drones Near Nuclear Plant Are Questioned in France

6 Nov 2014 Two men and a woman were being questioned by the police on Thursday after being arrested in possession of two drones near the Belleville-sur-Loire nuclear power plant in central France, news agencies reported. The arrests follow a wave of at least 14 illegal drone flights over French nuclear plants in recent weeks, which have raised concerns about the security of the country’s main source of electricity…Law enforcement officials told Agence France-Presse that the three were suspected of having illegally flown two drones near the plant.

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No bomb found at nuclear power plant after threat – MCSO

25 Sept 2014 Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have given the all-clear after responding to a bomb threat at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix. The large administration building was evacuated and sheriff’s deputies responded after a threat was called into the power plant around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The sheriff’s office had about 15 units on scene.

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Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) now says the meltdown of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011 involved all the fuel rods in the affected reactor, causing them to fall to the bottom of the containment vessel. Eight months after the massive tsunami caused the accident, Tepco said the meltdown had affected only about two-thirds of the rods. Its revised estimate, issued Aug. 6, said Reactor 3’s emergency cooling system stopped working six hours earlier than previously believed, and that the meltdown had begun between four and five hours earlier, as well.


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False alert sent to people near Calif. nuclear plant: ‘Prepare for action

28 Jun 2014 People in San Luis Obispo County received a series of unsettling, erroneous emergency alerts Friday as repairs were being made to a nuclear power plant’s siren system, including a vague cellphone message that told them to “prepare for action.” The chain of mistaken alerts began arousing confusion and fear when a siren that’s part of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s warning system began wailing Friday afternoon for no apparent reason, county emergency services manager Ron Alsop said…To indicate there was no emergency, county officials issued an alert.

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Workers at the federal government’s Hanford Site, a Department of Energy facility in Washington State that serves as a repository for spent nuclear power plant fuel rods, say their health has been adversely affected by what they say is toxic exposure to chemicals and radiation.

In an interview with a local NBC news team, truck driver Lonnie Poteet said he arrived outside the Hanford Site to deliver fuel rods and quickly began experiencing symptoms from exposure to chemical vapors. What he did not know, however, is that there had been a nuclear spill just hours before at the site.

“I was already burning from my glove line to my t-shirt line and the side of my face and I was already starting to lose a little bit of vision in my right eye,” Poteet told NBC Right Now.

He said everything happened very quickly.

‘They didn’t tell everyone’

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