Thursday, June 16, 2011

As Midwest Floods, both Nebraska Nuke Stations Are Threatened

Here is a story that for some reason hasn't been picked up by the media.  Perhaps it is too focused on the shenanigans of former Rep. Anthony Weiner or the GOP presidential horse races.

Since the nuclear power plant is on the Missouri River, which is smack dab in the middle of the Midwest bread basket and a tributary to the Mississippi River that passes through the lower half of our country and into the Gulf of Mexico, this is clearly not good news.

As one of the Western Michigan University participants in the Soviet Union tour of April 1986 who were caught in the middle of the Chernobyl crisis, I am not fond of nuclear energy because the consequences of something going wrong are too great.  

Kalamazooans live within 40 miles of the Palisades Plant in South Haven on Lake Michigan.  Southwestern Michigan's congressman, Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the Energy & Commerce Committee, is a great supporter of nuclear power as an alternative to oil and coal-generated energy. 

As Midwest Floods, both Nebraska Nuke Stations Are Threatened

By Rady Ananda  posted in Food Freedom

Tens of millions of acres in the US corn belt have flooded, which will spike the cost of gas and food over the next several months. Worse, several nuclear power plants sit in the flooded plains. Both nuclear plants in Nebraska are partly submerged and the FAA has issued a no-fly order over both of them.

On June 7, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant filed an Alert with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after a fire broke out in the switchgear room. During the event, “spent fuel pool cooling was lost” when two fuel pumps failed for about 90 minutes.

On June 9, Nebraska’s other plant, Cooper Nuclear Power Station near Brownville, filed a Notice of Unusual Event (NOUE), advising it is unable to discharge sludge into the Missouri River due to flooding, and therefore “overtopped” its sludge pond.

The Fort Calhoun TFR (temporary flight restriction) was issued the day before the nuclear Alert. The FAA issued another TFR on June 7 for the Cooper plant.

Other flood-related TFRs were issued on June 13 for the Garrison Dam in Bismarck, North Dakota and on June 5 for rescue operations in Sioux City, SD.  READ MORE

Here is a report on the flooded nuclear power plants by Arnold Gundersen of Goshen, retired nuclear engineer and whisteblower.  The former senior vice president with Danbury-based Nuclear Energy Services.  Since 1989, he has taken on the industry that once supplied him in his family with a comfortable lifestyle and a bright future.  READ MORE

The black triangles in the below image prepared by the Center for Public Integrity show the disclosed locations of nuclear power plants in the US, minus research and military plants. (Red lines indicate both Mississippi and Missouri rivers):

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