Midway through its refueling outage – when Millstone Unit 3 is releasing its dirtiest pre-planned radioactive waste products to the air – Dominion reports the unplanned outage of a critical radiation monitor and the pre-planned outage of two other critical radiation monitors.
This latest notification is the latest in recurring radiation monitor breakdowns at Millstone.
In notifications to the NRC (Event Reports 50567 and 50568), Dominion reported the unplanned loss of the “normal range Supplemental Leakage Collection and Release System (SLCRS)” on October 24 “due to sample pump failure” and the planned loss for more than three days of the ”normal and high range ventilation process radiation monitors (3HVR*RE10A/B) on October 25, 2014.
Dominion had to report each radiation monitor loss to the NRC pursuant to federal regulations, 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii), which states as follows: “Immediate notification requirements for operating nuclear power plants . . . Any event that results in a major loss of emergency assessment capability, offsite response capability, or offsite communications capability (e.g., significant portion of control room indication, Emergency Notification System, or offsite notification system)” [Emphasis added.]
The NRC allows Millstone to continuously discharge to the air its most concentrated releases of radioactivity while its critical radiation detectors are inoperable and Dominion’s ability to assess emergency conditions and radiological threats to the environment is jeopardized.
The NRC’s dangerous hands-off approach shields Millstone’s operations from public accountability and perpetuates secrecy and deception as to the real dangers of Millstone operations.
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Posted October 29, 2014