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NRC to investigate Wolf Creek nuclear plant

September 21, 2009

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— The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating procedures at Wolf Creek nuclear plant in eastern Kansas after a recent lightning strike.

The NRC said in a news release Monday that the Aug. 19 lightning strike knocked out all three offsite power lines to the plant near Burlington. The commission said the reactor automatically shut down after the strike, and plant systems responded as expected, with the plant’s emergency diesel generators kicking in.

The NRC said it will be evaluating the sequence of events after the shutdown, which it said did not endanger the public.

The inspection was scheduled to begin Monday and take several days. A report is expected about a month after the inspection is completed.

Comments

ralphralph 5 years, 3 months ago

Everything worked. Don't know what they're looking at. Not bad to have them look, though. The headline is a bit sinister for the reality of the story.

Shane Garrett 5 years, 3 months ago

Gotta love Nuclear power and all the safety switches they have in place. Go Green.

puddleglum 5 years, 3 months ago

oh, nuclear power is so safe and clean. just ask people who live in prypryat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5ouMi...

chzypoof1 5 years, 3 months ago

Nice video Puddlglum. You showed the ONE major accident in the history of Nuclear Reactors. For the power we get from them, they are the cleanest power we have. We don't even use them right, as we underuse the rods that cause nuclear waste.

I can't wait until you and others like you buy your electric cars, and we start building hundreds more COAL plants to power them....oh, wait, you did know that right? 80% of our power comes from Coal/Nuclear. And wind turbines and solar, built as far as the eye can see, can only make up for 15% of that.

I'm glad they are checking their safeguards, but nothing happened here. Everything worked as expected.

poof

puddleglum 5 years, 3 months ago

oh, my bad-nobody lives there anymore.

puddleglum 5 years, 3 months ago

yeah, coal-the only true renewable resource. you run out of coal, you dig another coal mine. everybody wins!

electric cars? yuk.

Danimal 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm sure this investigation is a standard thing they have to do anytime there is an emergency shutdown.

brian1981 5 years, 3 months ago

I grew up three miles from Wolf Creek nuclear plant and let me tell you I never felt the slightest bit nervous.

And people comparing Western nuclear reactor doctrine to the outrageously shoddy Soviet practices should really do some research because it's clear they don't know what the hell they are talking about. Never mind that Western-style reactors are built on a negative feedback loop that in a Chernobyl style malfunction will shut the reactor down instead of the Soviet positive feedback loop that will simply heat out of control and melt down.

For that matter, the "green" people are really good at trashing nuclear plants and talking up all this stuff that is supposedly cleaner and more efficient, but we never see it. "Clean coal" is a myth; wind and solar still have major cost-effectiveness problems to work out. You'll notice the far left never goes into detail about these because they can't. They just bring them up and hope nobody asks questions.

I just think it's odd the left-wing is so in love with everything Western Europe but never brings up the fact that France, Sweden, etc. run around 70% nuclear and have never had the slightest bit of a problem. Hell, France uses American-designed Westinghouse reactors in the first place.

Nuclear power is the only cost-efficient power out there that doesn't indiscriminately pump pollution into the atmosphere. Until the left-wing advocates get their big miraculous breakthrough in their other pie-in-the-sky pet projects we've been waiting forty years on, that's just the way it is.

corduroypants 5 years, 3 months ago

Brian1981 - No mention of nuclear waste? Curiously missing...

I also grew up a few miles from Wolf Creek. While I also never gave it much thought, it wasn't exactly normal to have an EBS radio and an evacuation plan for your household.

gccs14r 5 years, 3 months ago

Nuclear power proponents seem to ignore waste management, probably because we've been ignoring the waste problem for 70 years. Never mind that it's the worst pollution there is and lasts the longest, not to mention that uranium is a finite resource that's nearly depleted. Current estimates put the remaining supply at 80 years. Now is not the time for us to be investing in yet another dead-end power source.

brian1981 5 years, 3 months ago

Concerning nuclear waste, the only problem with storing it is politicians fighting over where to store it. The nice thing about nuclear waste is you actually can store it in a contained monitored area, compared to the millions of tons or raw pollutants that are simply pumped indiscriminately into the atmosphere from fossil fuels. Pollutants that once they leave the smokestack you have absolutely no control over. Remember that the same people complaining about nuclear power are also the ones complaining about greenhouse gases and global warming. Nuclear power is the one cost-effective energy source that absolutely does not contribute to these phenomena.

Again, if anybody has any better energy ideas that are actually feasible, please let our government know. Until people just decide to give up modern civilization and move back into caves, we're going to have to find our energy some way. There are people out there who know very little about nuclear power who like to trash it because it makes them think they are "environmental" . . . yet we get no feasible alternative ideas from them, nor do we get any offers by them to give up their energy-sucking lifestyles for a return to the Stone Age.

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