Cooper Nuclear Station submitted two reports to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Operations Center on Sunday: a NOUE because of the river level (Fort Calhoun did this last week as well), and a notification that oil had been released into the Missouri River from a training facility because levees are being over topped. It’s noted that the training facility is lower than plant grade and that there is no radiological contamination in that area.
19 JUNE 2011: 05:27 [ET]: Event Number: 46969
UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO MISSOURI RIVER FLOODING
At 0402 CDT on 6/19/2011 a Notification of Unusual Event was declared due to the elevation of the Missouri River reaching 899.1 feet above mean sea level. This is above the Emergency Action Level HU1.5 elevation of 899 feet. The Missouri River is expected to crest at 899.5 feet within the next couple of days. It is expected that the elevation of the Missouri River will remain above 899 feet for most of the summer.
Actions are in progress in accordance with the site flooding procedure, including strategic placement of sand bags at building entrances and important facilities. There is no major plant equipment out of service at this time. Personnel access to the site is not presently impeded. Emergency evacuation routes remain available.
19 JUNE 2011: 22:36 [ET]: Event Number: 46970
RELEASE OF OIL TO THE MISSOURI RIVER
“Notification is being made to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality regarding the release of oil to the Missouri River from the Cooper Live Fire Training Facility. Currently, levees separating the Training Facility and the Missouri River are being over topped due to flooding of the Missouri River. This condition has resulted in flooding of the burn pits in the fire training facility, with the subsequent release of the residue which includes unburned fuel oil. Any release of this water containing oil to the Missouri River is uncontrolled at this time. Then is no radiological contamination in this area.
“Current river level is approximately 900.5 ft. MSL, approximately 3.0 feet below plant grade elevation. The fire training area is lower than plant grade. A press release is not planned at this time. River level is currently projected to be 899 ft. by Wednesday 6/22.”
- 19 JUNE: ON THE MEDIA FAILURE of reporting the status of Nebraska’s nuclear plants and the flood
- 19 JUNE: Update: NOUE declared for Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownsville, NE
- 19 JUNE: Nebraska’s flooded nuclear plants: flooding may reach Kansas City by midweek
- 17 JUNE: The flooding of Nebraska’s nuclear power plants: Fort Calhoun and Cooper Nuclear Station
- 16 JUNE: What’s happening at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant? (19 miles north of Omaha, NE)
- 18 JUNE: Level 4 nuclear emergency / classifications: America (NRC) vs. International (INES)
TOKYO — Japan faced the likelihood of a catastrophic nuclear accident Tuesday morning, as an explosion at the most crippled of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station damaged its crucial steel containment structure, emergency workers were withdrawn from the plant, and much larger emissions of radioactive materials appeared imminent, according to official statements and industry executives informed about the developments. — NYTimes
[10:12 p.m. ET Monday, 11:12 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] A fire has erupted in a fourth reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a top adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced Tuesday. – CNN
Remember in 2008 when McCain and his Bumpit-wearing sidekick wanted 45 new nuclear reactors in the U.S. by 2030?
The Japanese government on Friday declared a nuclear emergency at Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station after the reactor’s cooling system failed. The government ordered thousands of people living within 6 miles of the plant to evacuate. Early Saturday, it declared a nuclear emergency at a second power plant where a cooling system had also failed.
[...] Japan’s nuclear safety agency said pressure inside the reactor had risen to abnormal levels and radiation levels inside the facility had surged to 1,000 times more than normal.