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 Indian Point Nearly 30% of Bolts Damaged - Two Missing! 
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Activists hoping to shut down the Indian Point nuclear reactor located 30 miles north of Manhattan filed a legal action with federal regulators Tuesday over alleged safety violations.

Friends of the Earth said the 40-year-old plant should be shut for good, claiming that that almost 30 percent of bolts critical to preventing a nuclear meltdown at Indian Point are broken, damaged, or missing.

Its petition, filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said plant owner Entergy should delay the restart of the Unit 2 reactor until investigators can find the source of the problem.

The bolts are used to hold together part of the reactor’s cooling system.


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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/anti-indian-point-activists-warn-safety-hazards-plant-article-1.2648577

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Thu May 26, 2016 12:12 pm
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Never before in the history of this type of reactor have this many bolts been found to be damaged. The normal percentage has been always below 10% until now which is almost 30% bad. What do we really expect from reactors that were built in the 60's using old engineering knowledge. With the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) continued extended life licenses of our outdated nuclear plants, I believe we can expect more of these type of problems to be seen. The big question is, what U.S. nuclear plant will have a meltdown next?

For a detailed understanding of the problem, please watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dv9IgomTN8

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Thu May 26, 2016 12:18 pm
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For more information on the Indian Point situation, please listen to Arnie Gundersen and other experts speak here:

http://www.fairewinds.org/podcast//indian-point-and-the-mystery-of-the-missing-bolts-breaking-news

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Using information from the above video seen at minute marker 10:33, apparently these bolts only get inspected once every 10 years.

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Thu May 26, 2016 1:57 pm
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Friends of the Earth (FOE) filed an emergency petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) May 24, calling for immediate action by the agency. The filing demands keeping reactor 2 offline until the NRC certifies that the problem is fully diagnosed and fixed, and that the reactor is safe to operate. It also calls for an immediate shutdown to inspect reactor 3 to ensure that the reactor’s bolts have not also disintegrated. Reactor 3 is the twin of reactor 2, but Entergy has rejected inspecting it until 2017 despite it being the same design and almost as old. Friends of the Earth also released an expert report detailing the breadth and depth of the bolt problem. Although critical to the core cooling system (essential to preventing a nuclear meltdown), bolts securing the plates that channel cooling water through the reactor core are broken, degraded or missing in reactor 2. FOE says that Entergy is pushing simply to replace the bolts and restart the reactor in June—in time for the profitable peak summer energy season. The company has said that it will conduct a root cause analysis of why the bolts broke or disappeared but are conducting the repairs without completing such a comprehensive review.


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The technical report, also released by Friends of the Earth, concludes that the more than 25 percent failure rate of the bolts is extraordinarily high and appears to be unprecedented in the history of the global nuclear power industry. Without a full root cause analysis approved by the NRC, the report warns that there can be no assurance that the remaining old bolts will not fail or that simply replacing bolts will fix the problem.

“Only a utility that puts profits ahead of public safety would resume running this nuclear reactor without an “all clear” from the federal regulator,” said Dave Freeman, who was the head of NYPA in the mid-1990s, and operated the nuclear reactors at that time.

The Indian Point reactors’ licenses expired in 2013 and 2015, respectively, and the plant is operating beyond its 40-year life span. The NRC must intervene and take immediate steps to protect the public.


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It's clear to me that this unexpected, accelerated deterioration of bolts could be caused by direct radiation damage (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactor_pressure_vessel#Radiation_Damage_in_Metals_and_Alloys). Simply replacing the bolts and assuming that the surrounding material has no similar damage is irresponsible. Unless Entergy can prove that the bolts had a manufacturing defect and that all other cooling components do not have defects (or have not been damaged by the same process), they are placing the lives of their own employees (and others!) at risk. Friends of the Earth is right on with this petition.

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@Bert490 - Thanks for the link, very interesting. Maybe there has been an accident there previously that we don't know about yet and that caused the high radiation your suggesting.

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