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Notes on the LaSalle nuclear plant April 5, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Nuclear Power.

Still waiting on the NRC report on the site area emergency that occurred in the wee hours on the morning of Feb. 20. I blogged about it here. The NRC previously stated, in its Feb. 23 release on the incident that a written report of the incident would be available in 30 days and posted on this website: http://www.nrc.gov/NRR/OVERSIGHT/ASSESS/listofrpts_body.html#lasa.

Weird but it’s not yet available. I sent a request to the public affairs office at the NRC hoping they can point me in the right direction. We shall see.

UPDATE: The NRC got back to me in quite the timely fashion. Very politely I might also add.

Email from Jan Strasma at the NRC Office of Public Affairs:

The report has not yet been posted on the inspection report web site. It is available in the NRC’s online document library (ADAMS) with the accession number ML060820574.

I’ve attached a copy of the report.

Sorry for the delay.

Very nice. I haven’t looked at the report yet but I wanted to state that I have it. I will look at it and blog about it today sometime, perhaps. In the meantime I have uploaded the report file here for you to peruse, if you so desire.

NRC report on LaSalle Generating Station’s Feb. 20 incident. (24 pages)


Speaking of the LaSalle Generating Station. On Thursday, April 6, 2006 Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with representatives of Exelon Generation Co. to discuss the agency’s assessment of safety performance for last year at the LaSalle Nuclear Power Plant.

The meeting is open to the public and begins at 3 p.m. at the Brookfield Township Hall, 2099 E. 27th Road, in Seneca, IL.

The reason I mention this is two-fold. LaSalle was the location of the incident that resulted in the investigation I mentioned above the dashed line. A site area emergency during a reactor SCRAM in which some of the control rods failed to fully insert. That’s one reason.

The other is that the safety review for the preceding year for the LaSalle plant was completed Feb. 9, 2006, a mere eleven days before the potentially catastrophic incident above. And it includes only the period from Jan 1, 2005 to Dec. 31, 2005. So the inspections at LaSalle for the period preceding the incident, which were good, did not take into account what happened on Feb. 20.

Point being, that I am guessing the public at large in the area might have some comments or concerns to air to the NRC and Exelon at this meeting on Thursday.

So if you want to go and let the NRC know what you think:

What? Discussion of 2005 Performance Assessment for
LaSalle Nuclear Plant. (IL)
When? 3 p.m. at the
Where? Brookfield Township Hall, 2099 E. 27th Road, Seneca, IL.

NRC release on meeting.

How many chances are you going to get to give the government a piece of your mind, right to their bureaucratic faces? If you love the LaSalle Plant go tell them, if you’re angry in light of the Februrary incident, go tell them. It seems like a good opportunity for an open forum about nuclear power, so I thought I would let people know.


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