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    Posted: August 28 2017 at 12:35am
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http://enenews.com/nuclear-worker-imminent-flood-coming-near-nuke-plant-from-hurricane-harvey-potentially-catastrophic-running-out-of-food-working-tirelessly-to-manage-problems-area-turned-upside The South Texas Nuclear facility region may face flooding. What that will mean for nuclear risks is unclear. It may stop pumps for cooling the reactors from working. https://www.facebook.com/ENENEWS/ (unless all the water cooling pumps can be kept running for reactor and spent fuel pool cooling, flooding type cooling won't be helpful at all....if the pumps go out, the plant flooded, as the water drops, because the cooling pumps are gone, the spent fuel pools will boil off and go into ope air nuclear criticalities...that's a nuclear meltdown!)


Tropical Storm Irma forming near Florida/South Carolina. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at5.shtml?cone#contents

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STP nuclear plant prepared to weather storm

Dwight Baker news@baycitytribune.com | 1 comment




WADSWORTH – The South Texas Project nuclear power plant in Wadsworth has plans in place as Hurricane Harvey creeps towards the Texas Gulf Coast. Up to 250 employees will endure Hurricane Harvey from inside the plant.

At press time, both units at the nuclear power facility continue to operate at full power as Hurricane Harvey approaches.

STP’s Corporate Communications and External Affairs manager Buddy Eller anticipates as many as members of a pre-planned storm crew to hunker down inside the plant and closely monitor it for any damage.

“For the past several days, before Harvey even became a tropical storm, crews have been walking the site to either remove or tie down any loose material that could become airborne and cause damage,” Eller said. “The team has a very thorough checklist to go through meticulously to prepare for a possible weather impact.”

Eller said the storm crew is first allowed to go home and take care of what they need to there and ensure their families are taken care of first before returning to the plant well in advance of landfall.

“They don’t need to be driving through horrible weather and putting themselves at risk,” he said. “The safety of our employees is our number one priority.

In the event the storm’s winds breach the 73 mile-per-hour barrier, Eller says their internal procedures dictate that the safety team, consisting of essential personnel only, would shut down both reactors completely.

“The only reason we’d consider powering them back up, even partially, would be if asked to do so by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,” Eller said. “With any hurricane, there are likely to be power transmission issues in getting it where it needs to go, so before we turned anything back on.”

The plant site is located 10 miles inland and at an elevation of 29 feet, well above the reach of even a Category 5 storm surge. The plant was designed with watertight buildings and doors to keep emergency electric power and cooling systems fully functional. All buildings housing safety equipment are flood-proof to an elevation of at least 41 feet above mean sea level.

Alfred Sanchez, STP’s resident inspector from the NRC, has two additional inspectors being sent in from the Region 4 office in Arlington who entered the plant Thursday evening prepared to stay and monitor all actions and plan conditions throughout the weekend if necessary. Sanchez and another inspector are on standby prepared to come in and relieve inspectors as necessary, assuming they can make it to the site safely.

“Our role changes during major weather events that could affect the site and in emergency situations involving the site from inspection to one of cooperation to ensure reactor and personnel safety,” Sanchez said.

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http://enenews.com/warning-credible-threat-of-severe-accident-at-two-nuclear-reactors-due-to-hurricane-harvey-clear-potential-for-major-disaster-plant-could-be-overwhelmed-by-raging-flood-waters-of from the comments:

The issue is not the breaching of the wall but the loss of external power and the inability to refuel any back up generators they may have. The generators will be required to sustain the primary and secondary cooling circuits.

The waste heat from a crammed reactor is huge initially, but rapidly reduces over a day or so to the point where the generators can keep it under control.

So if they shut them down right now, then they stand a chance.


https://www.wunderground.com/news/tropical-storm-harvey-forecast-texas-louisiana-arkansas

http://projects.propublica.org/graphics/addicks-barker?utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter (some) Houston dams may survive while area gets flooded.

(DJ: Most Nuclear news will be found in comments sections, indirect. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-29/giant-texas-chemical-plant-real-danger-explosion-arkema-warns When a chemical plant gives this kind of warning there are serious problems at the nuclear site. Eventhough these nuclear plants are west from Houston and may slowley get less rain. The river-level is still rising.)

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From YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6rhiqsKWfk

Also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF62klGLj3c is interesting. The coming days a 50 foot/15 meter waterrise-also near the nuclear plant-Colorado river. There are no dykes to protect the plant. http://www.remappingdebate.org/article/nuclear-power-plant-flood-risk-sandy-was-just-warm


Also reports of dams breaking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx6WrYldmKU (DJ; The reservoir is north of Houston-water giving way to stream west of Houston may influence the waterlevels near the nuclear plant. To avoid further (large) damage to down-town Houston they take an increased risk at the nuclear plant ?) In my opinion there is an increase of earthquake risks due to the amount of water pressure on Texas. Emergency stopping of fracking, tsunami-risks from the Atlantic, Central America quakes....
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Heavy rainfall-earthquake link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clrBLrZyEkE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqWAwvvuS3A "Irma" forming on the Atlantic, moving towards the US coast. Could get category 5-could hit Texas by sept 11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2hCl-8Gtus



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It looks like Texas escaped serious nuclear damage. 


DJ; in my opinion flooding in Asia, killing thousends of people is bad. But the damage to the global economy-the economic motor to keep the world running-is limited. Those "motors" are in the US, EU, East Asia. A Korean war would be a global disaster. So would be a new Fukushima-like event in such a "motor".
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