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On March 25, 2015, at approximately 1413 CDT, a Browns Ferry Nuclear (BFN) employee fell approximately 6 feet and sustained a laceration to his forehead and potential other injuries. The individual had been working in the Unit 2 drywell, which is a contaminated area. The individual was able to be removed from his anti-contamination clothing prior to leaving the Radiological Controlled Area (RCA).

The individual was surveyed by a Radiation Protection (RP) technician and had slight contamination (150 cpm [counts per minute]) on his forehead in the area near the laceration. No survey of his back was performed due to being on a stretcher. At 1457 CDT, the individual was transported to an off-site medical facility. A BFN RP technician accompanied the individual to the hospital. Subsequent survey of the individual at the medical facility determined that no other areas of contamination existed. The individual was successfully decontaminated at the medical facility during initial treatment and all locations have been free released. All contaminated materials have been properly controlled.

This event is reportable in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xii) any event requiring the transport of a radioactively contaminated person to an offsite medical facility for treatment.

This event has been entered into the Corrective Action Program (CAP) in SR# 1004507.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

10 CFR Section: 50.72(b)(3)(xii) - OFFSITE MEDICAL


Entergy violated federal labor law when it neglected to pay four security guards for overtime hours worked at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, a federal judge ruled recently.

The Louisiana-based company that owns the shuttered nuclear power plant in Vernon was ordered to pay $305,329 for unpaid back wages since 2009 and liquidated damages, according to a March 6 judgment order.

A spokesperson for Entergy could not say whether the company would appeal the decision. An attorney representing the guards said Tuesday they have not received payment from Entergy. The company has 30 days to appeal the March 6 order.

Entergy warns against Vermont Yankee trespassing

VERNON >> Vermont Yankee ceased operations Dec. 29, but a sign that hangs on the nuclear plant's perimeter fence is unequivocal: "Unauthorized entry to this property will be treated as a threat to the safety of this facility, its workers and the general public."

After two alleged trespassing incidents in the last few weeks, plant administrators are re-emphasizing that message. Even though a checkpoint at the main entrance is unmanned following staffing reductions in January, officials say armed, on-site security personnel are keeping a close watch and will react to any attempt to enter the site.

Refueling completed at Exelon Unit 1

CORDOVA -- Operators returned Quad Cities Unit 1 to full power on Tuesday, successfully completing a planned refueling outage that began on March 2.

While the Quad Cities Station unit was offline, technicians replaced nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel and performed thousands of inspections and preventive maintenance activities designed to keep the unit running safely and effectively for another two years. Most of this work cannot be performed while the unit is online.

More than 1,800 additional workers joined the station’s permanent workforce of approximately 800 to support the outage. Many of the supplemental workers traveled from outside the area, providing a significant boost to the local economy.

More maintenance flaws found at Monju reactor

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has again failed to conduct maintenance checks properly at its Monju fast-breeder nuclear reactor, including some components with the highest safety significance.

The newly found maintenance flaws were reported to the Nuclear Regulation Authority by the Nuclear Regulation Authority secretariat, it was learned on Wednesday.

During its safety inspection of the reactor between March 2 and Friday, the NRA secretariat found that the JAEA failed to conduct degradation assessments properly on cooling pipes for sodium circulation.

Inevitability of nuclear electricity generation

Along Karachi’s coast, construction of two additional 1,100 MW generation III AP 1000 nuclear power plants (KANUPP II & III) is under way. Earlier this month, experts from the International Atomic Energy (IAEA) completed the key Generic Reactor Safety Review (GRSR) of these nuclear reactors. These Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) are capable of generating 1100 MW electricity each. Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), will operate these plants under IAEA safeguards.
A legal challenge by some of Karachi’s overhyped and misled citizens over public safety has been dismissed. Now the vested interests campaigning against nuclear power generation in Pakistan have taken their battle to media. By twisting the facts and fictionalizing a purely technical matter, this lobby, spearheaded by Dr. Pevez Hoodbhoy and, Dr. AH Nayyar, is creating unnecessary alarm. Their campaign is largely based on creating fear regarding the possibility of a Tsunami or an earthquake hitting these power plants and compromising the safety of the environment; including human and animal life.

Sieren’s China: What nuclear power "Made in China" means for Germany

Chinesischer Reaktor-Neubau erhält Kuppel

Beijing’s approval of plans for two new nuclear power stations so soon after the Fukushima disaster has significant repercussions for Germany, writes DW columnist Frank Sieren.

It's been obvious for some time that China has plans for new nuclear power plants. It nonetheless seems a little shocking to Westerners that the first permit for a new reactor, to be built in the northeastern province of Liaoning, was issued so close to the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. But to the Chinese, it attests to self-confidence and the fact that the government has its finger on the pulse of public opinion.

NEI Issues: Open Phase Condition Initiative March 2015, Revision 1

By Bob Meyer

The open phase issue came to light when a bus bar fell off at Byron and pumps dropped off with no electrical related alarms. The one phase was not monitored by electrical relays or protection.

INPO has committed that the industry has developed compensatory actions while the hardware is fixed. You should have had this in your operator training. (Level 2 INPO Event Report (IER) L2-12-14, “Automatic Reactor Scram Resulting from a Design Vulnerability in the 4.16-kV Bus Undervoltage Protection Scheme”)  If not ask why...


An open phase condition will not prevent functioning of important-to-safety structures, systems and components. An open phase condition is defined as an open phase, with or without a ground, which is located on the high voltage side of a transformer connecting a general design criterion (GDC) 17 off-site power circuit to the transmission system.

(See ML15075A456 in NRC ADAMS for Additional Information or contact nucbiz@hotmail.com)


Finland’s nuclear dilemma

In Hungary, plans for new reactors at Paks nuclear power plant have run into problems with Euratom Supply Agency on the question of monopoly uranium fuel from Russia. In northern Finland, Fennovoima says the situation is different. 

“Fennovoima is a privately own company,” argues Juha Miikkulainen when asked by BarentsObserver. The Hungarian plant is fully own by the state.

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