Island Minnesota Nuclear Plant had to shutdown emergency diesel
generators because the outside air temperature was just too dang hot.
So what exactly is too dang hot? According to today's NRC event report
Prairie Island Nuclear has to shut down its D1 and D2 generators when
the outside air temperature get above 97 degrees F.
So on the
hottest days of the year when the electrical grid is at its most
strained and the chances of having a Station Blackout (SBO) are highest,
the emergency backup generators which help keep the nuclear core from
going Fukushima during a SBO have to be shutdown? That just sounds
stupid doesn't it?
Of course now that Prairie Island Nuclear is
aware of the problem surely they will get right on the ball and have
the problem fixed before next summer? Sadly that is unlikely given that
they reported the EXACT same problems on June 8th of 2011.
knows? they may have been shutting down these emergency diesel
generators during the highest Station Black Out risk periods for many
summers. We only checked back one year; see these NRC event reports.
NRC Event Number: 48063
NRC Event Number: 46934
So why don't the nuclear plants fix these issues, and why does the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission not address the issue? Simple, the
insurance company does not make them.
The fact is that no
private insurance company would underwrite today's sorry state of
nuclear affairs; but that is not a problem for the Nuclear plants
because you and I are forced to be their insurance providers. And, its
not a problem for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission because they'll get
their paychecks no matter how crappy of a risk mitigation job they
perform, after all they have direct access to our wallet too.
For the direct links to the NRC event reports visit the PotrBlog Site at
In: Other News
Tags: HOT, Temperature, Summer, Nuclear, Meltdown, Station Blackout, Grid, electrical, failure, nuclear, backup generator, power outage
Location: Minnesota, United States (load item map)
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