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The nuclear industry is more than 50 years old. Its history is replete with a colossal financial disaster and a multitude of near-misses and catastrophic accidents like Three Mile Island and Chornobyl. Beyond Nuclear works to expose the risks and dangers posed by an aging and deteriorating reactor industry and the unproven designs being proposed for new construction.

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Tuesday
Jul092019

7,286 Megawatts-electric of nuclear power predicted to close down in next three years

As reported by Ken Bossong of the Sun Day Campaign, based on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission predictions.

That would be more than seven large-sized atomic reactors in the U.S. permanently shutting down.

See Beyond Nuclear's REACTORS ARE CLOSING website section, for details on which reactors could well be among those that shut in the next three years.

Friday
May312019

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Closes For Good

Friday
May312019

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant In Plymouth Shutting Down After 47 Years

Tuesday
May282019

Perry nuclear running with multiple inoperable safety systems 

For Immediate Release:

Perry nuclear running with multiple inoperable safety systems

Perry Event Report: LOW PRESSURE CORE SPRAY INOPERABLE

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
5/24/2019 - 5/28/2019

** EVENT NUMBERS **

Power Reactor Event Number: 54085
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3     State: OH
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: DAVID DUESING
HQ OPS Officer: CATY NOLAN
Notification Date: 05/24/2019
Notification Time: 13:09 [ET]
Event Date: 05/24/2019
Event Time: 07:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/24/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOW PRESSURE CORE SPRAY INOPERABLE

"At 0730 [EDT] on May 24, 2019, it was discovered that the Low-Pressure Core Spray System was inoperable. At Perry, the Low-Pressure Core Spray system is considered a single train system in Modes 1, 2, and 3; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v). Inoperability of the Low-Pressure Core Spray system was caused by Emergency Service Water Pump A inoperability.

"There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."


Michael J. Keegan

mkeeganj@comcast.net

Thursday
May232019

Bailout war rages over dangerously age-degraded Ohio reactors

The Davis-Besse atomic reactor, and the Great Lake, Erie, beyond, which it puts at ever increasing risk of radioactive catastropheBeyond Nuclear is thankful to our many friends and colleagues in Ohio for fighting the good fight against bailouts for dangerously old reactors, like Davis-Besse and Perry. For example, the Ohio Sierra Club, its Nuclear-Free Committee, and its national Beyond Coal campaign, have organized large numbers of grassroots testimony before state legislative committees against the bailout bill, HB6, in its ever-evolving (devolving!), various incarnations in recent weeks. Environmental Defense Fund has compiled arguments against the bailouts by various strange bedfellow coalition allies, such as the Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity. Beyond Nuclear has also re-submitted its testimony, focused on the ever-worsening safety risks at Davis-Besse (photo, left), such as its dangerously cracked concrete containment Shield Building. The cracking is so bad, that spalling of large chunks of concrete from its exterior face could damage or destroy safety-related systems, structures, or components below. In that sense, the Shield Building could cause the reactor core meltdown, and then fail to contain the catastrophic releases of hazardous radioactivity that would result. If you live in Ohio, please contact your State House Representative, and State Senator, directly -- urge them to oppose the old atomic reactor bailouts. If you know folks in Ohio, please share this action alert with them, and urge them to contact their state legislators, as well! Let's make sure Davis-Besse and Perry shut down for good, by FirstEnergy Nuclear's announced closure dates (May 31, 2020, and May 31, 2021, respectively) at the very latest, if not sooner, for the sake of safety! We must protect the Great Lakes, drinking water for tens of millions downstream, in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as a very large number of Native American First Nations!