Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
May 6, Reuters
FPL stops restart at Fla. Turkey Pt 3 reactor.
FPL GroupInc stopped the start-up of the 693-megawatt Unit 3 at the Turkey Point nuclear powerstation in Miami-Dade County on May 5 to fix a main steam isolation valve problem,the company told the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in a report. While preparingto perform main turbine testing before returning the unit to service after a refuelingoutage, workers discovered a possible weld defect during a walk down. The defectappeared to be on a small bore section of pipe upstream of a steam trap on a socketweld, which resulted in a small steam leak on the upstream side of a main steamisolation valve. To fix the problem, the company said it needed to reduce temperature toless than 200 degrees F to depressurize the steam line. While bringing the unit to Mode3, a main steam isolation valve failed to close. The company declared the valveinoperable due to its inability to fulfill a safety function. That failure required thecompany to put the unit in Mode 3 in six hours and Mode 4 within the following sixhours. Within an hour, however, the main steam isolation valve closed. The companydid not say when it would try to restart the unit again, noting it was investigating thecause of the main steam isolation valve failure.Source:http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUtilitiesNews/idUSN0654335820090506 See also:http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/en.html#en45034
Critical Manufacturing Sector
May 5, Reliable Plant
Metals refiner faces penalties followingchlorine leak.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OSHA) has cited Metalor Technologies for 10 alleged seriousviolations of safety standards, with $46,500 in fines, following an inspection promptedby a November 7, 2008, chlorine gas leak at the company’s North Attleboro,Massachusetts metals refining plant. OSHA’s inspection found deficiencies in theplant’s Process Safety Management (PSM) program, a detailed set of requirements andprocedures employers must follow to proactively assess and address hazards associatedwith processes and equipment that use large amounts of hazardous chemicals. In thiscase, the process involved the use of chlorine gas to purify precious metals. “The