Skip to comments.Leak of reactor coolant (Michigan Power Plant)
Posted on 01/24/2005 9:35:25 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
FLASH: Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in Michigan is shut down... 'We have a leak of reactor coolant into the containment structure... leak rate was about 75 gallons a minute but is reducing,' John Austerberry, spokesman... 'there is no indication of a radioactive release'... MORE...
The last thing we need is another disaster.
WE'RE DOOMED! DOOMED I TELL YA!
Coolant Leak at Fermi II Plant
By Action News Team
Web produced by Jenny Clark
January 24, 2005
State and county safety officials were called to the Fermi II nuclear plant in Monroe early Monday evening to investigate a coolant leak situation.
Michigan, Wayne and Monroe County authorities responded to what they called a "situation" within the plant around 6:00 p.m.
Minutes later, DTE officials confirmed that there were indications that there had been a leak of reactor coolant into the containment area. There were no evacuations at the plant, and there were no signs of any release of radiation.
Stay tuned to Action News for more on this developing story as it becomes available.
Someone break it down for this layperson. Is the coolant itself dangerous?
Leak at Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant Was From Non-Radioactive Source
Monday January 24, 11:33 pm ET
-- Company officials confirm there was no release of radioactive material
NEWPORT, Mich., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Detroit Edison officials confirmed this evening that a water leak which shut down the Fermi 2 nuclear plant Monday afternoon came from a non-radioactive cooling system, and said there was no release of radioactive water at the plant. The leak was stopped at 8:54 p.m. Monday.
Plant operators shut down the Fermi 2 reactor about 4:20 p.m. Monday after discovering that cooling water was leaking into the containment structure -- a steel and concrete structure that surrounds the steel reactor vessel. Plant personnel were able to pinpoint the source of the leak to non-radioactive water in a support cooling water system.
While there was never any indication of a radioactive release, the plant was shut down as a precautionary measure. Reactor coolant water was maintained at normal levels and plant safety systems functioned normally at all times.
There was no evacuation of plant personnel at any time. Plant personnel are investigating the cause of the leak and will develop a plan for repairing the system and returning the plant to operation.
The Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant is a 1,140-megawatt boiling water reactor owned and operated by Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving more than 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan.
Fermi 2 began commercial operation in 1988. Since that time, the plant has produced more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of electricity for Detroit Edison customers. The plant employs about 900 workers and produces about 15 percent of the power generated by Detroit Edison power plants.
Detroit Edison is an investor-owned electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE - News), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Information about DTE Energy is available at http://www.dteenergy.com.
What part of Michigan and is Homer Simpson involved?
It's Dubya's fault !!!
If it is reactor coolant, yes.
The timing is suspicious.
Nothing to see here folks. The backups and failsafes funtioned as designed. Clean up will be expensive and lengthy, but no harm to the environment.
I'm wearing led underoos!
If the leak was non-radioactive water (as written in the article), then it is likely to be neither expensive nor lengthy.
"Hey Homer, what's this alarm signal mean"
The simple fact that there is any type of leak at a facility like that should have folks worried.