Problems at South Florida's Nuclear Plant?
A 'loud bang' was heard at Turkey Point. Is this what the RSOE reported on?
Federal investigators start special inspection at Turkey Point
Posted on Tuesday, 08.16.11
BY JOHN DORSCHNER
After employees heard a "loud bang" during a cooling system failure at Turkey Point nuclear power plant in South Miami-Dade County last week, federal investigators began a "special inspection" at the energy facility, according to a report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
On Thursday at 4:31 p.m., a two-foot-wide butterfly valve in Unit 3 slammed shut problem and wouldn't re-open, according to the report filed by Florida Power & Light with the NRC. That resulted in a high temperature alarm.
NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said the valve controls cooling equipment, such as pumps, that in turn cool the reactor, Hannah said. The failure had no impact on the temperature of the reactor itself. The cooling system was shut down for 20 minutes.
FPL spokesman Dick Winn the event "did not impact the safety of the plant" and employees took the proper steps in getting the cooling system operating again.
"As always, when the NRC comes in, we are going to be candid and open" in discussing the problem to make sure it doesn't happen again, Winn said.
Hannah said special inspections generally happen no more than once or twice a year at a nuclear plant. "The main reasons for a special inspection are to see if it was the kind of thing that might have been preventable" because of maintenance issues, or whether there was a systemic problem with this type of valve that might apply to other nuclear plants, he said.
The inspection is being conducted by two NRC investigators from Atlanta, along with the NRC resident inspector who is already on the site. The inspection will be completed by the end of the week, Hannah said.
Unit 3 has been in operation for almost 39 years. It began providing electricity to the public in December 1972.
FPL is seeking regulatory approval for two new reactors at the Turkey Point site in South Miami-Dade that could become operational sometime after 2020.
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FPL fined $70,000 for problem at Turkey Point nuclear plant
JUNO BEACH — Florida Power & Light Co. is facing a $70,000 fine for violations at its Turkey Point nuclear power plant 20 miles south of Miami, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday.
In December 2009, the NRC became aware that the neutron-absorbing material called boraflex in the Unit 3 spent fuel pool had degraded below the levels allowed.
Although FPL had taken compensatory measures, the regulatory requirements that ensure the spent fuel pool remains safe were not met, the agency said.
The company ensured the pool's condition did not pose an immediate safety concern, but the NRC found that FPL did not promptly identify and correct the condition. The NRC issued the civil penalty because it said the company did not report the condition in a timely fashion.
The NRC has determined that the issue has low to moderate safety significance and may result in additional inspections, the agency said.
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