What causes 200 pounds of seagulls to die in the first place? This is like the Canary in the Coal mine.
What causes 200 pounds of seagulls to die in the first place? This is like the Canary in the Coal mine. Aren’t they missing the bigger question, besides the impact on a major emergency back up system? There is something wrong with this picture. Next time you drive past the Domes, see how one dome is covered with seagull poo and the other is not. Nobody is out there cleaning the domes. This can be seen over the years in various photos. What is going on with the birds that the NRC has so ineptly pointed out?
On Dec. 21, inspectors found water streaming into a building housing a backup diesel generator that provides power to pumps and valves in case of a plant power failure. “Degraded and clogged roof drains” had allowed rainwater to build up during recent storms. However, a plastic tent kept the water from reaching the electrical equipment.
“There were dead birds up on the roof. It was 200 pounds of dead seagulls,” Dricks said, (NRC spokesman Victor Dricks).
NRC says San Onofre plant
can withstand quake
BY ROBERT JABLON
02:34 pm, 05/19/2011
Associated Press Newswires
(c) 2011. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The San Onofre
generating station on the Southern California coast is at extremely low
risk of a meltdown in an earthquake, federal regulators concluded in
first inspection report since the tsunami that badly damaged a nuclear
plant in Japan.
Inspections in March and April
found a few
problems at the plant between Los Angeles and San Diego, including some
manholes leading to tunnels housing electric cables that were not
because of damaged seals.
However, the Nuclear Regulatory
inspectors determined the plant is prepared to deal with fires and
in a major disaster, according to a report issued last week.
“The plant was found to have no
deficiencies, is indeed ready to withstand major earthquake and tsunami
threats,” Gil Alexander, a spokesman for plant operator Southern
Edison, said Thursday.
Federal regulators inspected all
plants in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan that
caused radiation leaks at the Fukushima nuclear plant, forcing 80,000
to leave their homes.
Three problems considered to have
low safety significance” were found at the plant during first-quarter
inspections in 2010 and early this year but they were resolved,
to another NRC report released May 5.
A commission report released
some problems at the plant, including roof drains clogged with 200
of dead seagulls.
In September, inspectors discovered
employees had hooked up a water tank to a spent-fuel storage pool
system that was not built to weather an earthquake.
“In doing so, they rendered the
inoperable and in the event of a severe accident, water would not be
for a key cooling system,” NRC spokesman Victor Dricks said.
There were other means of supplying
water to the pool and to the nuclear reactor, but the problem “affected
the operability of a key safety system,” Dricks said.
On Dec. 21, inspectors found water
into a building housing a backup diesel generator that provides power to
pumps and valves in case of a plant power failure.
“Degraded and clogged roof drains”
had allowed rainwater to build up during recent storms. However, a
tent kept the water from reaching the electrical equipment.
“There were dead birds up on the
It was 200 pounds of dead seagulls,” Dricks said.
The drains were finally cleaned the
The water didn’t damage the
the utility had increased drain inspections to prevent a recurrence of
the problem, Alexander said.
In February, workers failed to
an immersion heater used to keep oil for the backup generators fluid was
removed from service and no temporary replacement measures had been
San Onofre’s first-quarter
improvement over previous periods but “we are not satisfied,”
“Regulators and we are always
for areas where we can enhance safety and there were some ideas … that
we’re already working on,” he said.