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Mon Jan 30, 2012, 08:03 PM

Ill. nuclear reactor loses power, venting steam

(01-30) 15:20 PST Byron, Ill. (AP) --
A nuclear reactor at a northern Illinois plant shut down Monday after losing power, and steam was being vented to reduce pressure, according to officials from Exelon Nuclear and federal regulators.

Unit 2 at Byron Generating Station shut down around 10:18 a.m., after losing power from an off-site source, Exelon officials said. Diesel generators began supplying power to the plant equipment and operators began releasing steam from the non-nuclear side of the plant to help cool the reactor, officials said.

Even though the turbine is not turning to produce electricity, "you still need to cool the equipment." said U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng. Releasing steam helps "take away some of that energy still being produced by nuclear reaction but that doesn't have anywhere to go now."

The steam contains low levels of radioactive tritium, but the levels are safe for workers and the public, federal and plant officials said.



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n2doc Jan 2012 OP
stonecutter357 Jan 2012 #1
krispos42 Jan 2012 #2
murielm99 Jan 2012 #5
krispos42 Jan 2012 #8
Auntie Bush Jan 2012 #3
AndyTiedye Jan 2012 #4
midnight Jan 2012 #6
tavalon Jan 2012 #7
truebrit71 Jan 2012 #9
JackRiddler Jan 2012 #10

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 10:09 PM

1. K&R...

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 11:08 PM

2. Whew.

It's not the Dresden plant. I have relatives that live not too far from there.

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Response to krispos42 (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 01:58 AM

5. Hmmm...

When I look out my front windows, I can see the Byron plant in the distance, to the northeast.

I am always aware of the steam coming from the plant. I think it is about thirty miles from me.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 12:09 PM

8. Keep your lead-lined undershorts handy.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 11:08 PM

3. Isn't that what they said regarding the Japanese reactor?

It's safe! Oh wait..........

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 11:18 PM

4. Yup, That's What They ALWAYS Say

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 02:49 AM

6. K&R.http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/illinois-nuclear-reactor-loses-power-venting-steam-171801






























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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 05:23 AM

7. Gee, I don't believe them

Might be truth but I'm so used to being lied to by people running those infernal things, I just don't believe them. It's kind of like how you know a Republican is lying - if the mouth is moving, the lie is too.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 02:54 PM

9. Ooopsie...glad it's so safe though...

 

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Tue Jan 31, 2012, 03:38 PM

10. Is it too soon in this thread for corporate talking points about how coal is bad?

 

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