Skip to comments.Feds: Calif. nuke plant to remain shut for probe
Posted on 03/27/2012 10:15:47 PM PDT by Razzz42
The troubled San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California will remain shut down while investigators try to solve a mystery inside its massive generators _ the rapid decay of tubing that carries radioactive water, federal regulators said Tuesday.
The announcement that formalized an agreement with operator Southern California Edison came on the same day that a report commissioned by an environmental group claimed the utility misled the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about design changes that are the likely culprit in excessive tube wear.
A four-page letter to Edison from NRC Regional Administrator Elmo E. Collins laid out a series of steps the company must take before restarting the seaside reactors located 45 miles north of San Diego, underscoring the concern over the unusual degradation in the tubes.
Elmo wrote that the problems in the generators must be resolved and fixed and "until we are satisfied that has been done, the plant will not be permitted to restart."
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chemistry will provide the answer. teflon coat everything.
I wonder where the steam generators were built. Since Westinghouse closed the Pensacola plant, I think steam generators are sourced from overseas. My guess is they’ve been finding leaks and plugging tubes at a rate that is unusual.
By now the utility should know to monitor and maintain the correct water chemistry.
Should they close the plant the answer is no. The plant provides 2000 megawatts of energy. You will have to find a generating facility to fill that gap. During the Great San Diego blackout, San Onofre was instermental at restoring power quickly to those customers in Orange County and Northern San Diego county.
The answer to the question is the lowest bidder, probably using sub grade pipe.
The short answer is: “The steam generators were manufactured by Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, according to company officials.”
The NRC makes sure that their contractors follow the regulations to the letter.
If the water chemistry isn’t an issue, someone needs to examine all of the mill certs associated with the tubing and investigate all of the manufacturing processes involved.
It takes two or three days to restart a fully functioning nuke plant.
Most of San Diego’s power already comes from outside the county borders, some even from Mexico.
If you read the article, power companies are looking to restart mothballed power plants to makeup the difference in San Onofre’s plant.
8.5 million people live in about a 50 mile radius of the quake prone plant area. I wouldn’t miss the plant for a second if the put a ‘Closed’ sign on it.
I do not think that their courrupt. If they were corrupt, you would probably see more problems at nuclear plants around the country. The big problem is security.At San Onofre, that is not a big problem because Camp Pendleton is several miles away. The big problem is the reactor faces the sea. Other reactors, you do need the security because they do store the waste on site.
My brother used to live within eyeshot of the reactor. The residents really do not care. Having the reactor on line provide businesses to thrive in the area.Many of the workers live in the area and the economy is not hurting in that area.
1.5 million people in the Northern San Diego and Southern Orange Country depends on the power from San Onofre
Facts on San Onofre
It sounds like cavitation caused the removal of lots of material.
They would, but Obama has the worlds supply of Teflon wrapped up. Most of it stored in the NY Times Building and Rockefeller Center.
Yep... Sacrificial zincs, salt water, electricity etc...
An era of counterfeit parts should also be looked at ...
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