Palo Verde Unit 2 was operating at 98 percent power. At 0435, operators noticed a decrease in pressurizer pressure and level. Although additional charging flow was started, pressurizer level and pressure continued to decrease. The operators manually scrammed the reactor at 0447. Safety injection and containment isolation signals automatically initiated. After determining that a steam generator tube rupture existed, operators began to cool down and depressurize the reactor coolant system. The leak rate was estimated to be approximately 15 l/s (240 gal/min.). The release patchway through the steam jet air ejector was filtered and monitored. At 0728, the affected steam generator was isolated. Sometime after 0800, leakage was minimized when reactor coolant system pressure was reduced to match secondary system pressure. Field surveys outside the plant indicated dose rate readings no higher than background.
EPZ, the operator of the Borssele nuclear power plant, has long claimed that it recycles "95 percent" of its nuclear fuel, and that only "5 percent" remains as nuclear waste. Following a complaint by Laka, the Board of Appeals of the Dutch Advertising Authority, ruled yesterday that these are misleading environmental advertisement claims. In its […]
(Nederlandse versie) On Sunday, September 11, the Mikhail Dudin arrives in the port of Rotterdam; a ship carrying Russian uranium. There it will be transferred to trucks that will then transport it across the Netherlands on Monday to Lingen, Germany, where the uranium will be processed into fuel rods. This was announced this morning by […]
(Nederlandse versie) Laka sometimes gets the question that if nuclear power plants in France can be used flexibly, can nuclear power not be used as a intermittent source of electricity, complementing wind and solar? The short answer then is, that if nuclear power plants can be used flexibly, it does not mean that in France […]
New brochure focusing on the uranium enrichment consortium Urenco. The Treaty of Almelo was signed on 4 March 1970 ‒ an agreement between the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and West Germany on setting up a company with the aim of enriching uranium: Urenco. The origin of uranium enrichment is military and until then enrichment was […]
Despite its triumphant press release of the contrary, two years ago, NRG, the operator of the High Flux Reactor in the Netherlands, this week confirmed Laka’s suspicion that NRG is still using weapons-grade highly enriched uranium in its reactor. Therefore, the Netherlands is currently in breach of its agreement with Obama, reached at the Nuclear […]