SanOnofre Nuclear Disaster Potential
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Helicopters will be flying low over San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Pacifica through Saturday to record natural radiation levels, federal authorities said Monday. The flyovers are part of research by two federal security agencies to set baselines for radioactivity in the event of a nuclear accident or terrorism. The helicopters will fly a grid pattern about 300 feet above the ground, covering about 70 square miles for the Department of Homeland Security and the National Nuclear Security Administration. The Bay Area scans will include the areas near the Oakland-Berkeley border, along the coast in Pacifica and several areas in San Francisco. The project will help local, state and federal authorities' measure radiation, according to an announcement by the Nuclear Security agency. It has had similar flights around the country in recent months, including in Baltimore.
March 14, 2011 The map below depicts the locations of U.S. nuclear power facilities in gray, and locations of seismic activity in yellow. Data from the U.S. Geological Survey and the International Nuclear Safety Center. Following the devastation of last week’s 8.9 scale earthquake and tsunami, Japanese citizens face new realities and threats stemming from damage to nuclear power plant facilities.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko talks with reporters at a Dana Point hotel after a tour of the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant. Register photo by Christine Cotter. The pattern of premature wear in steam generator tubes differs between the San Onofre nuclear plant’s two reactors, the top U.S. nuclear official said after a tour of the plant Friday. And attention is now focusing on the puzzling and “unique” pattern of wear in the reactor that was shut down Jan. 31 after a water leak caused a tiny release of radioactive gas.
The visit by NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko gives California Senator Diane Feinstein a chance to throw a curve ball in the form of the 50 mile evacuation zone It was opening day for baseball around the U.S. last week, but at Southern California Edison's San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), it was looking a lot more like an instance of the legend of the Mighty Case striking out. The utility still does not know what's causing the early and excessive wear on hundreds of steam tubes for the steam generators attached to the twin PWRs.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said April 4 that Chairman Gregory Jaczko will visit the 2,200 MW San Onofre nuclear power plant in California. Both of the plant’s reactors have been shut down because of excessive wear in tubing, according to The Associated Press .
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Operators of the sidelined San Onofre nuclear plant will brief Senate staff in Washington this week in response to concerns over equipment design changes and how they were reviewed.
The San Onofre nuclear plant south of San Clemente. Register photo by Ana Venegas. The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will tour the stricken San Onofre nuclear plant on Friday, the latest sign of the seriousness with which the agency is taking steam-generator problems that are keeping both of the plant’s reactors shut down. The chairman, Gregory Jaczko, will tour the plant with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and talk to reporters afterward. “He wants to visit the plant and meet with managers and get the latest information on their inspection of the steam generators, and also to look at other vital plant equipment,” NRC spokesman Victor Dricks said.
A report authored by Fairewinds Associates warns that a more detailed study is needed on the alloy tubing in the plant’s steam generators before the twin reactors at San Onofre are restarted, according to The Associated Press.
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