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Intel report: North Korea planned attacks on US nuclear plants

North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report. 

The DIA report, dated Sept. 13, 2004, reveals that five units of covert commandos were trained for the attacks inside the country. 

According to the report, the "Reconnaissance Bureau, North Korea, had agents in place to attack American nuclear power plants." 

Korea: Hacker posts nuclear plant blueprints

The design blueprints of nuclear reactors and other parts of the nation’s two largest nuclear power plant complexes were leaked, raising alarm about lax protection of sensitive information that could be used by terrorists. 

Blueprints of Korea’s nuclear reactors, as well as detailed explanations on how to manage the control software at the Gori and Wolseong nuclear power plants, was posted on a blog on the nation’s biggest Web portal site Naver on Monday.

A Nuclear Story

Belgium nuclear plant restarted after sabotage

BRUSSELS: One of Belgium's seven nuclear reactors came back on line Friday, four and a half months after a mysterious sabotage caused its closure, the plant's operator Electrabel said on Friday.

The Doel 4 reactor in northern Belgium was shut urgently in August after a leak, caused by tampering, gushed out 65,000 litres of oil lubricant.

A steam turbine weighing 1,700 tonnes was severely damaged in the incident, requiring a 30-million-euro ($37-million) repair job that was carried out in neighbouring Germany.

Belgian prosecutors, who deal with cases involving national security, have refused to confirm the incident as an act of terrorism, without excluding it either.

Vogtle LER: Unit 2 Manual ReactorTrip Due To Out Of Sequence Control Rod Movement

By Bob Meyer

This is great OE for Rod Control.

On October 12, 2014 at approximately 0944 EST, while performing Unit 2 reactorstartup, control rods were being inserted to stabilize Rx power for Low Power Physics Testing. With the rod bank selector switch in Manual, operators observed control bank A Inserting instead of the expected D bank inserting. Operators took action to trip the reactor and stabilize the plant. The cause of this event was incorrect setup of the Rod Bank Overlap unit.

Upon tripping the reactor, plantsystems responded per design and Unit 2 was stabilized in Mode 3. Unit 1 was not affected and there were no adverse effects on the health and safety to the public. Therefore, the safety significance of this event is very low.

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT

While perfomiing Low Power Physics Testing after refueling outage 2R17, operators attempted to stabilize reactor power by inserting Control Rod Control Bank D, however Control Bank A inserted instead. When Control Bank Astepped in after confirming the rods were in manual operation, operators manually tripped Unit 2. All control rods fully inserted into the core and the plant was stabilized in Mode 3. There were no complications during the trip as all systems responded as designed and decay heat was discharged to the condenser.

NEI Issues NEI 14-11, Implementing and Operating a Joint Information System

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 

NEI 14-11 provides guidance on how to implement a Joint Information System (JIS). Together with a traditional Joint Information Center (JIC), a JIS expands an organization’s ability to respond more effectively during a nuclear energy facility event. The JIS concept is derived from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and provides a framework for a unified, coordinated public information network with common resources and agreed-upon procedures that link participants through contemporary communications and monitoring tools. 

Sole dependence on a “brick-and-mortar” JIC facility for public communication in response to an event may not be sufficient in today’s environment. The 24-hour news cycle and the speed at which information is disseminated have changed how the industry must communicate with the public, which now depends heavily on social media to gather and share information. This has largely rendered obsolete existing industry practices, which may depend on outmoded timing and means of transmitting information and on controlling public information from a single facility. 

This document guides communications and emergency preparedness professionals through the process of implementing a JIS. It should be used in concert with NEI 12-11, “Building a Joint Information System,” which provides the principles of a JIS and elements an organization should consider in building a JIS. NEI 14-11 provides more focused guidance on how to implement a JIS. 

Reactors at Less Than 100% Power Today

Peach Bottom 2 - 89%

Susquehanna 1 - 17%

Vermont Yankee - 76%

Brunswick 2 - 95%

Hatch 1 - 93%

Hatch 2 - 98%

Oconee 1 - 98%

Clinton - 98%

IAEA Mission Concludes Peer Review of the Republic of Korea's Regulatory Framework for Nuclear Safety

aejeon, Republic of Korea -- An international team of senior nuclear safety and radiation protection experts today concluded a 12-day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to review the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in the Republic of Korea. The team reviewed progress following a 2011 mission.

The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) follow-up mission team said in its preliminary report that the Republic of Korea had addressed almost all issues that were raised during the earlier mission. Actions taken since then include the establishment of an independent and competent regulatory body, the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC), which is well supported by two technical organizations.

In addition to following up on issues found in 2011, the team reviewed additional areas, including regulatory oversight of all facilities related to the use of radiation, the protection of workers, patients and the public.

Uranium miners upbeat on China growth

China’s expansion of nuclear power plants is giving hope to uranium miners after several dark years... 

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