ENENews: “Fire/Explosion Reported at US Nuclear Plant — Emergency Alert Declared — ” In North Carolina!

Officials: Fire/Explosion Reported at US Nuclear Plant — Emergency Alert Declared — Fire/Explosion occurred after “unexpected power decrease” in reactor — “Emergency response facilities staffed” — “Abnormal event with potential to impact plant equipment or public health and safety” (VIDEO)

Published: February 9th, 2016 at 11:03 am ET
By ENENews

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Feb 8, 2016 (emphasis added): Facility: BRUNSWICK [Nuclear Plant in N.C.]… Emergency Class: ALERT… EMERGENCY DECLARED… RPS [Reactor Protection System] ACTUATION – CRITICAL… MANUAL SCRAM AND ALERT DECLARATION DUE TO ELECTRICAL FAULT RESULTING IN FIRE/EXPLOSION… Unit 1 declared an Alert… due to an explosion/fire in the Balance of Plant 4 kV switchgear bus area. Prior to the Alert declaration, the operators initiated a manual SCRAM due to an unexpected power decrease from 88% to 40%. The licensee has visually verified that there is no ongoing fire and is investigating the initial cause of the event… [T]he licensee reported the following… “a manual reactor scram was initiated due to loss of both recirculation system variable speed drives as a result of an electrical fault. At this time, a Startup Auxiliary Transformer (SAT) experienced a lockout fault; interrupting offsite power to emergency buses 1 and 2. Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) 1, 2, 3, and 4 automatically started”… The licensee has notified… DHS, FEMA, USDA, HHS, DOE, DHS NICC, EPA… FDA… and Nuclear SSA…

WWAY, Feb 7, 2016: Electrical damage sets off alert at Brunswick Nuclear Plant… An Alert is the second in increasing significance of four nuclear emergency classifications.

WECT, Feb 8, 2016: [Unit 1] remains in shutdown mode, while officials work through “detailed process/procedures to fully understand this event and make the needed repairs”… An alert… is used when abnormal events have the potential to impact plant equipment or public health and safety… No estimated timeline has been given for getting Unit 1 back into service.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Feb 7, 2016: Duke Energy notified the emergency management agencies… of damaged electrical equipment at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant…

Duke Energy, Feb 7, 2016: Alert declared and exited at Brunswick… federal, state and local officials were notified, and Brunswick plant emergency response facilities were staffed…

Watch WWAY’s broadcast here:


Alerts USA More Rabies

2015-04-10 04:51:55 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150410-47712-USA
Date&Time: 2015-04-10 04:51:55 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of West Virginia,
Location: Mineral County,
City: Keyser

A raccoon that was reportedly acting strange in the area of the Mineral County Courthouse has tested positive for rabies, according to humane officer Melissa Kidwell. Kidwell said the Keyser Police Department had received several reports of the suspicious animal, but no one had been able to locate it until an employee of the courthouse saw it between the courthouse parking lot and Center Street and called Mineral County 911. Kidwell responded and was able to destroy the animal and send a specimen away for testing. “It was stumbling and blind in one eye,” she said, noting that the signs of the disease were unmistakable. This is the first animal that has tested positive for rabies this year in Mineral County. Kidwell noted that sighting animals such as raccoons, skunks and opossums in the city is not unusual; “it’s just how they’re acting” that people need to be aware of. The Mineral County Health Department, which sends the specimens away for testing, is urging everyone to “be cautious and stay away from animals acting strangely or aggressively.” The health department is also reminding all pet owners to make sure their dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies. Mineral County is holding a spring rabies clinic on Saturday, April 11, from 9-11 a.m. in the parking lot at Tractor Supply, Keyser. Cost is $8 per animal, and pet owners are asked to bring the correct change. Dogs should be on a leash and cats should be contained. West Virginia State Law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies after 6 months of age.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (raccoon)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

Posted:2015-04-10 04:51:55 [UTC]

2015-04-10 04:31:22 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150410-47707-USA
Date&Time: 2015-04-10 04:31:22 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of North Carolina,
Location: South Tremont Drive,
City: Greensboro

The county’s third confirmed case of animal rabies this year was discovered today in a raccoon on South Tremont Drive. According to a news release from the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, the raccoon came into contact with a dog. All domestic pets in North Carolina aged four months and older are required by state law to be vaccinated. Guilford County Animal Control will offer a series of rabies vaccination clinics over the coming months. The cost of a shot is $5. They will take place the following dates and locations: April 15, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., WGHP Fox 8 studio, 2005 Francis St., High Point. April 16, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., WGHP Fox 8 studio, 2005 Francis St., High Point.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (raccoon)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

Posted:2015-04-10 04:31:22 [UTC]