Virginia earthquake, Nuclear plant design exceeded?, Dominion Resources North Anna nuclear plant, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection team

Virginia earthquake, Nuclear plant design exceeded?, Dominion Resources North Anna nuclear plant, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection team

From Reuters August 29, 2011.

“Virginia quake may have exceeded nuclear plant design”

“The historic earthquake that shut Dominion Resources Inc’s North Anna nuclear plant in Virginia last week may have shaken the facility more than it was designed to withstand, the U.S. nuclear regulator said on Monday.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it had sent a special inspection team to the plant rocked by the 5.8-magnitude quake, after initial reviews from Dominion indicated the ground motion may have exceeded North Anna’s design parameters.

The plant cannot be restarted until the operator can show no “functional damage” occurred to equipment needed for safe operation, the NRC said.

“The company and the NRC will continue to carefully evaluate information to determine if additional actions may be necessary,” the regulator said in a statement.

It will probably take about three or four weeks before the team’s preliminary findings are released, NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said. He would not speculate on how long the plant might be closed, saying it would depend on the team’s assessment.

If it does turn out that the quake exceeded North Anna’s design specifications, Hannah said the team’s analysis could find that the plant could withstand quakes stronger than what was originally intended.

But the team could also call for changes such as back fitting or reinforcing equipment for more powerful earthquakes.

“It could be they would be shut down for a while, we just don’t know at this point,” Hannah said.

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Dominion said the North Anna reactors, which entered service in 1978 and 1980, were designed for an earthquake of up to 6.2 magnitude, but the NRC does not use that scale to measure seismic design specifications. Instead, the commission looks at ground-motion measurements.

Dominion spokesman Rick Zuercher said on Monday that more will be known by midweek about whether the quake exceeded the station’s design as further analysis is conducted on seismic plates from the station’s containment building.”

Read more:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/29/us-usa-dominion-quake-idUSTRE77S66I20110829

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34 responses to “Virginia earthquake, Nuclear plant design exceeded?, Dominion Resources North Anna nuclear plant, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection team

  1. Thanks for this article, CW; very timely!

    Alas, this is, unfortunately, the situation with many of the nuclear power plants operating today. When they were designed, they were state-of-the-art however, we see today that the designs are outdated and potentially dangerous if, let’s say, a strong-magnitude earthquake, tsunami, or even temperature extremes and severe weather were to occur.

    That said, the NRC continues to renew licenses without, and this is my opinion, a thorough review of the plant, personnel, and operating procedures necessary for the safety of the workers and general public. The utilities who operate the plants seem ‘money-shy’ when it comes to upgrading their aging facilities however, the solution seems to be pretty clear cut: Spend the bucks (and they have plenty of bucks!) and upgrade the plants or have the NRC decommission them.

    It’s as simple as that.

  2. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20098933-503544.html

    The CNN/ORC International Poll, which surveyed Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, showed Perry with 27 percent support. Romney trailed with 14 percent, and Sarah Palin, who may or may not even enter the race, followed with ten percent support.

    Rep. Michele Bachmann and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (who, like Palin, has yet to announce a decision about entering the race) both got nine percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul weighed in at six percent support.

    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman slipped to just one percent, trailing even the relatively unknown former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

    The survey also indicates that Perry is the favorite among both men and women who identify as Republicans: 32 percent of Republican men and 23 percent of Republican women said they supported the Texas Republican. Fifteen percent of GOP women, and 14 percent of GOP men, supported Romney.

    The poll signals what appears to be a continuing Perry surge in the campaign: Last week, a Gallup poll had him leading Romney by twelve points, with 29 percent support to Romney’s 17 percent.

  3. Hey FS,

    This is a thread about nuclear power plants; go back to the previous thread and push your not-so-golden boy there.

    This ia a topic is for *intelligent* discussion.

  4. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-cnn-poll-perry-romney-20110829,0,4279512.story

    Rick Perry pushes Mitt Romney aside atop another GOP poll

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has moved to the top of the CNN/ORC poll released Monday, again nudging former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney away from the position of favored candidate in the GOP presidential sweepstakes.

    Perry, who only formally entered the race this month, easily surpassed Romney, earning 27% support among Republicans, while Romney, the former front-runner, get 14%. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gets 10% while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani comes in at 9%. Neither Palin nor Giuliani has announced a run, though both have done little to discourage media speculation.

    Without those two in the mix, Perry increases his standing to 32% while Romney weighs in at 18%.

    The CNN finding is consistent with other polls showing Perry surging while Romney, who has been at the top of most polls for months, has been fading. Romney’s downturn is a reflection, in part, of the strong opposition to his candidacy from some conservative elements who have been searching for a political “ABM”: Anybody But Mitt. Many conservatives object to Romney’s support of the healthcare overhaul in Massachusetts.

  5. NBC Vic Hern | August 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    Allow me to interject periodically with…….

    http://www.rickperry.org/join-today/

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    Thanks!

  6. I expect that the Republican field will shrink as the few supporters of candidates like Johnson, McCotter, Santorum, Huntsman, and Cain realize that their candidacies are lost causes.

  7. Dean M. | August 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    Free Speech: I have to agree with you on Perry. I was a Texas Democrat who changed to Republican when I moved back to California. A Democrat in Texas is way different from Democrats in a lot of other places. Most Texas Dems are catching on and have changed parties as Gov Perry has done.

    Also, I have a number of Mormon connections, friends and family members. During Vietnam it was agreed that the LDS missionaries returning from their missions would go to the top of the draft list. To try and get another deferment was a not in good faith. So Romney apparently used the agreement his church had made to avoid service by getting an additional deferment. That is a slight against the many good LDS former missionaries who did serve and that in itself is enough to void him in my mind from being Commander in Chief. That shows a character weakness, as do his waffling on issues like homosexual marriage.

    ——————————————————-
    Thanks for the insight about Romney.

  8. Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be on Sean Hannity’s Radio Show tomorrow.

  9. There a lot of scandals and skeletons in Perry’s closet that MSM aren’t reporting on, that would kill his electability. They are waiting.

    They want him to get the nomination and suddenly hour long expose are going to come out that will kill him and get Obama re-elected.

    Some of the scandals include:

    Rick Perry’s Life Insurance Scheme w/ Texas Teachers

    Rick Perry actively participating in the cover-up of the amount radiation in Texas’s water supply.

    Rick Perry Porn Financier

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2028353/Rick-Perry-c

    Bank Of America’s Director Of Public Policy Tells Rich Perry ‘We’ll Help You Out’ caught on video.

    Rick Perry 2009 re-campaign spends $78.26 at a Gay strip club in Florida Keyes.

    http://current.com/community/93406939_why-did-rick-perry-cam

  10. Hey FS,

    This is a thread about nuclear power plants; go back to the previous thread and push your not-so-golden boy there.

    This ia a topic is for *intelligent* discussion.

  11. HAARP and Earthquakes
    worth watching and learning about The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) i

  12. demRats have been futilely attempting to smear Gov. Rick Perry with false rumors for 10 years and they have backfired on the demRats every time. Gov. Rick Perry keeps on getting more popular.

  13. Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be on Sean Hannity’s Radio Show tomorrow.

  14. Free Speech | August 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Pat 1789 | August 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    “Admittedly, Gov Perry is stretching the political envelope”

    I don’t think so, he’s telling the truth. I hope he keeps it up.

    ————————————————–
    I agree that Perry speaks the truth. However, he is stretching the political envelope with his bold statements, but it is working for him because he keeps going up in the polls while Romney is crashing.
    —————————————————————————————-
    Agreed, I think Mitt has a real challenge on his hands.
    Still trying to figure this Huntsman thing, wtf is he doing on TV polling at 1%? What a stupid obot.

  15. Massachusetts Senator Bob Hedlund Explains Obama’s Illegal Alien Uncle’s Legal Driver’s License and Social Security Number

    http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/08/senator-bob-hedlund-explains-obamas.html

  16. Pat 1789 | August 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    Free Speech | August 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Pat 1789 | August 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    “Admittedly, Gov Perry is stretching the political envelope”

    I don’t think so, he’s telling the truth. I hope he keeps it up.

    ————————————————–
    I agree that Perry speaks the truth. However, he is stretching the political envelope with his bold statements, but it is working for him because he keeps going up in the polls while Romney is crashing.
    —————————————————————————————-
    Agreed, I think Mitt has a real challenge on his hands.
    Still trying to figure this Huntsman thing, wtf is he doing on TV polling at 1%? What a stupid obot.
    ———————————————————-
    Huntsman could be working for demRats and/or for Romney as an attack dog. You know the 1% man is not getting all that Press because of his wothiness as a candidate.

  17. SueK | August 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm
    CQ | August 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks for trying!

  18. Senator Inhofe endorsing Perry is a fairly significant development.

  19. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/08/senates-preeminent-climate-skeptic-backs-rick-perry-for-president.php

    Inhofe said he “likes Mitt Romney, but he’s a little mushy on environmental issues” and “Newt Gingrich, I always have this vision of him sitting on the couch holding hands with Nancy Pelosi,” but that he has no reservations about Perry.

    Inhofe said he also thinks Perry has the best chance of any Republican to defeat Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.

  20. A Crazy Old Coot

    Sorry folks, I just can’t stand to read anymore about perry. He is way to NWO for me.

  21. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/President/2011/0829/Rick-Perry-Smart-politics-for-him-to-call-Social-Security-a-Ponzi-scheme

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is at it again, expressing himself pungently on a hot-button issue. This past weekend, it was Social Security. The front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination called the retirement program for seniors a “monstrous lie” and “a Ponzi scheme for … young people.”

    Add that to Governor Perry’s comments on man-made global warming: “a scientific theory that has not been proven.” On evolution: “just a theory” with “gaps.” And on the Federal Reserve’s practice of printing more money to boost the economy: doing so again would be “almost treasonous.” Many conservatives applaud Perry, even as liberals and the mainstream media express alarm.

    Short term, though, his play to the Republican base appears to be spot on. Perry has shot into the lead in the two latest polls of Iowa Republican voters, who will kick off nomination season early next year.

    “Although he’s drawn ridicule from Democrats and Republican elites [for his comments on global warming and evolution], our polling suggests he’s perfectly in line with the GOP base,” writes Tom Jensen, director of the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

  22. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rick-perry-picks-endorsement-sen-jim-inhofe-climate/story?id=14407804

    Gov. Rick Perry’s most recent endorsement came today from Sen. Jim Inhofe, a fellow climate-change skeptic, who said the Texas Governor is the strongest Republican to challenge President Obama in 2012.

    “I’ve known Gov. Rick Perry for a long time, and I am endorsing him because I know he is the strongest leader to run against and defeat President Obama. After three years of Obama’s liberal agenda, Rick Perry is the right person to get America working again and turn our country in the right direction,” Sen. Inhofe said in Tulsa, Okla., today. “We can’t afford four more years of the Obama malaise. Look at what Rick Perry has done in his state. He is going to be a great president!”

  23. I hope Romney stays in the race right up til the Republican Convention. Romney’s liberal ideas and actions are so much like bo’s that it will give Gov Perry good practice running against a liberal.

  24. Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be on Sean Hannity’s Radio Show tomorrow!

  25. Sorry folks, I just can’t stand to read anymore about perry. He is way to NWO for me.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Rick Fairy is definitely the NWOs choice for you, leading us by the things that Rick likes in his mouth.

    In the meantime, the pervert’s propaganda con man from Tennesse has made this blog quite irrelevant.

  26. If the demRats think CW is irrelevant then why do they spend so much time here trying to trash CW? Why did they create, at least, 3 failed anti-CW sites to desperately try to lure traffic away from CW?

    As far as Gov Rick Perry is concerned, the more the demRats futilely try to smear him with LIES, the more I get motivated to do everything I can to support him.

    The truth is that in two weeks Rick Perry has almost made all the other candidates irrelevant from Romney to Hillary to bo. The American People are sick of their BS!

  27. Sounds a little like Joseph Goebbels has returned from the dead! KING of PROPAGANDA. UP is DOWN,and BLACK is really white, and PEA sized brains BELIEVE it all.

  28. Gov. Perry was extradinarily well spoken on Hannity. His spontaneous answers were intelligent and showed a command over a broad spectrum of issues. Perry will destroy romney and bo in the debates.

  29. Their BULLSH## cracks me up big time. The childish jibberish they post,then repeat over and over and over tells a sad lament of ONE TRACK MINDS, or is it a form of amorous infatuation of Mr Perry.

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