Skip to comments.Plastic bags, tape, broomsticks fix San Onofre leak
Posted on 04/30/2013 8:03:29 AM PDT by RummyChick
SAN DIEGO - An inside source gave Team 10 a picture snapped inside the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) showing plastic bags, masking tape and broom sticks used to stem a massive leaky pipe.
San Onofre owner Southern California Edison (SCE), confirms the picture was taken inside Unit Three, but did not say when. The anonymous source said the picture was taken in December 2012.
(Excerpt) Read more at 10news.com ...
I see the problem.......no duct tape.
So does this pipe actually carry contaminated coolant or is it just a scary picture?
“”If that’s nuclear technology at work and that’s how we’re going to control leaks I think the public should know,” the inside source said.
More than one anonymous source talked about the picture with Team 10. They said the public has a right to know about the plant’s condition, as the NRC decides whether the plant will be allowed to restart.”
So you’d prefer a million dollar solution?
I don’t live in San Diego.
Insiders are talking about the terrible conditions of that facility.
Hey, let it leak...
So basically, not even newsworthy. “OMG, someone installed a temporary fix. PANIC!!!!!!!”
It’s just a scary picture. Read the statement at the bottom of the article, it is part of the ocean water non-radioactive system. It is a temporary measure to redirect the small leak to a drain pending the repair. I’m sure there are real things to be concerned about at the plant but this is not one of them.
So there is nothing “nuclear” to leak.
Looks like the the atomophobes have their panties in a twist over nothing.
This is the point of that photo
“This is nuclear, this should be tip top,” one source said. “Everything in that plant should be tip top, not bottom of the barrel.””
If you read the whole story you will see there are MAJOR issues with that facility.
But hey, I dont live there ..let it leak.
Better call MacGyver
SURE...FIRE IT UP..WITH KNOWN ISSUES
“We are dealing with unknown territory here which has never been explored before,” another inside source said. Two inside sources called restarting SONGS risky.
Records obtained by Team 10 show SONGS staff were concerned about “hundreds of corrosion notifications” and “degraded equipment” throughout the plant. Staff sent a letter to management saying SONGS “clearly has a serious corrosion problem” in pipes throughout the planT
Sounds like the reactor isn’t even operational and the pipe carries plain old sea water.
Kinda like the leaky radiator hose on my non running pickup truck that has an old smoke detector behind the seat.
If there are MAJOR issues, how come all they can show us a picture of is a little leaking ocean water?
I bet they put regular plywood on broken windows until the new pane comes in. They should be using Brazilian cherry wood.
For those of you who have seen San Onofre, it’s the boob plant...
Do you think people in the San Diego area ought to investigate to find out the true condition of the plant???
Or just shut their eyes and fire everything up and hope for the best..because..hey..everything is fine...
Seems like I remember some officials in Japan saying the same thing
Yes anti-nuke people are never happy with any solution. A technical solution is too expensive, a non-technical one is dangerous.
“This is the point of that photo”
The point of the photo is to take a benign subject and re portray it as something it is not in order to make a statement.
This is the kind of dishonest reporting I expect from leftist scum.
Dang,maybe an engineer that worked INSIDE knows more than you
Having been a steamfitter in my past life and working at oil refineries, nuke plants, and other chemical facilities, my question is this pipe on the nuclear (radioactive) side of the plant or the non-nuclear side?
If it is fresh coolant water on the supply side it is only water and is a minor issue unit the next schedule outage when the gaskets can be replaced and flanges re-torqued.
I was working on the then named WPPSS Plant 2 and we were installing a new piping system in the coolant water pump house that was going to be completely under water upon completion. This was 6 foot diameter pipe and, contrary to popular belief, was not perfectly round which led to hi-lo mismatch when fitting the pipes together to be welded. We had a disgruntled fitter who was going to be laid off so he contacted the site NRC Rep to tell him of this issue to save his job.
When the NRC Rep showed up with a few others in tow he asked to see the issue which we chowed him. And then the piping superintendent looked right at him and asked the question: Are you afraid of water leaking into the pipe or out of the pipe? NRC Rep left and so did the fitter.
Bottom line is if it only water, regardless of which side it is on, and only a minor leak, which this appears to be just a dripping issue, it can wait until the next outage versus taking the plant down, reporting it as an unplanned shutdown, losing generation during repair, and then going through the re-start process.
The picture seems to fit the explanation and sounds reasonable.
Not intended to stop a leak just divert the water that is leaking to a drain until the leak can be repaired.
“...So does this pipe actually carry contaminated coolant or is it just a scary picture?...”
Just a scary picture. Circ water lines are just what was stated: cold ocean water in, warm ocean water out. All non-radioactive. If it were “radioactive hot”, they would have to declare at the very least an “Unusual Event” with the NRC...and maybe more.
Dang, maybe you haven’t figured out that I have better things to do than argue with an over emotional ignorant twit.
I’ve made that mistake before. Sorry I don’t have time to play with you today.
Go ahead and have your freak out panic attack. You don’t need my help to do it.
Channel 10 has been following this
Have you worked for the NRC????
This guy has
I will go with more than one engineer familiar with that plant over you.
There is an insider WHISTLEBLOWER from that plant.
Funny how there are a lot of experienced people that have a reason to know that this is a dangerous plant.
And then we have you...that just wants to pretend everything is okay.
HAVE YOU WORKED INSIDE THAT PLANT?????????????
It’s all total bullshit!!!!
There is nothing unsafe at that plant.
If this was art one of the two active reactors it couldn’t hurt anything but it isn’t even at an active plant and there isn’t any radiation even in that unit,.
If there was a total meltdown at one of the active plants it still couldn’t hurt the public, all that would happen in a worst case scenario would be to lock the door and walk away.
I live 14 miles from it and as far as i’m concerned it should have been restarted months ago!
“There is nothing unsafe at that plant.”
There are engineers who have been inside that disagree with you.
Have you been inside??????
No, that’s completely unsafe. They need to use duck tape!
Btw, if someone has 25 years in the in nuclear field and is a safety engineer at a plant ..and he says there are major issues...
You would be a fool not to want more answers if you lived in the area.
Don’t ask for my tax dollars to clean up that mess that YOU advocate letting happen.
It’s not water that goes through the coolant when it’s fueled but what I find weird is that they use salt water for this system. I wonder how well the pipes and valves hold up.
I’d live next to a reactor, they aren’t unsafe, especially with what we have learned in the last thirty years (never let Jane Fonda or Michael Douglas near the plant).
We had a plant here in the Sacramento area, actually southeast of Sac but not far at all. When it was running the Westinghouse turbine kept having issues so they hand to shut the plant down to fix the turbine. I don’t think they had any nuclear issues although they had to scram the plant when the turbine shed blades. I even took a tour through it, we got as close as the air lock to the reactor containment building, it was cool. Nevertheless, the moron voters, voted to close the plant. Fast forward to around 2000. People wondered what it would take to restart Rancho Seco but it was already 50% de-commisioned. Idiots.
The “Antis” are often more dangerous than the “Pros” in any given situation.
With the Embridge pipeline spill here in Michigan a couple of years ago, the antis had created a situation where Embridge was afraid to look for or fix problems due to punitive fines and costs imposed for finding their own problems. Meanwhile the state hadn’t even had the required state inspector on the payroll for nearly a decade.
The Wolverine pipeline spill in Jackson Michigan was a similar situation. Wolverine was in the middle of a total system overhaul but hadn’t gotten to Jackson when the gasoline spill occurred. This led to the usual lawsuits and restrictions and with the millions Wolverine had already spent it was no longer feasible so they simply shut down and America lost another refinery.
“Its not water that goes through the coolant when its fueled but what I find weird is that they use salt water for this system. I wonder how well the pipes and valves hold up.”
perhaps this has led up to the massive corrosion.
Time to get the glasses checked. I thought that headline said SEN ONOFRE. I thought the Dems were getting far more aggressive in trying to stop press leaks.
If you don’t live in the area shut your damn mouth!!!
You anti nuke freaks piss me off to no end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is very, very, very serious...but I'm not willing to give my name.
Why would you completely ignore a Safety Engineer INSIDE the plant with more than 2 decades of experience???
I wondered at the fact that they use sea water. Now, granted, the plant was built on the ocean so I assumed that they got water there but I didn't know it wasn't de-salinized.
I mean it's a nuk plant, I'm sure they have enough energy to desalinate the water they need and if there's a life threatening occurrence, they can just use the sea water like in Fukoshima which, according to experts, rendered those plants unusable forever. Then again, I think they had salt water in the reactor containment vessels and the ancient design didn't use heat exchangers so the water that drove the turbines is the same water the was in the reactor. Great job GE. I hope they take more care in their jet engines. They certainly didn't in the washer we bought a few years ago. POS.
Wouldn't you want them to be concentrating on the major issues first?
Why would you be surprised at the unwillingness to divulge names.
Think Benghazi people might think twice???
What about those giving info to Beck????
You think there aren’t people who might endanger someone or at the very least create a hellish situation for a whistle blower???
Just ask those involved with Fast and Furious
I think you can do both.
Channel 10 asked specific questions about that repair.
They didn’t get answers.
Maybe it was only for a day.
But I doubt it.
Sounds a lot like the procedures used by Kongress to fix the deficit/debt problems.
Like I said, if you don’t live in So. Calif. Shut your god damn mouth!!!
In the military, that’s known as an “field expedient.” Ah, that’s nuttin’. I once fixed the headlights on my daughter’s 1983 Eclipse using an old garden glove, a doggy toy, and a tennis ball. It was a thing of beauty. Wish I had taken a picture of it. You should’ve seen the look on the mechanic’s face when we took it in for state inspection.
The anti nukes force us to rely on old technology when new state of the art technology makes Fukyshima style disasters a thing of the past. Things like passive convection cooling don’t even require pumps or power to cool a reactor.