Thursday, September 29, 2016

Junk Plant Wolf Creek:Three Security Violations

We are seeing a great decline building up here?
WOLF CREEK GENERATING STATION, NRC SECURITY INSPECTION
REPORT 05000482/2016408
Dear Mr. Heflin: 
On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) completed a security
inspection at the Wolf Creek Generating Station. The NRC inspectors discussed the results of this inspection with Mr. S. Smith, Plant Manager, and other members of your staff. The inspectors documented the results of this inspection in the enclosed inspection report.
The NRC inspectors documented three findings of very low security significance (Green) in this report. These findings involved violations of NRC requirements. In addition, the inspectors documented one violation that was determined to be Severity Level IV under the traditional enforcement process. Further, inspectors documented a licensee-identified violation which was determined to be of very low safety significance in this report. The NRC is treating these violations as non-cited violations (NCVs) consistent with Section 2.3.2.a of the Enforcement Policy.
If you contest the violations or significance of the non-cited violations, you should provide a response within 30 days of the date of this inspection report, with the basis for your denial, to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ATTN: Document Control Desk, Washington, DC 20555-0001, with copies to the Regional Administrator, Region IV; the Director, Office of Enforcement, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; and the NRC resident inspector at the Wolf Creek Generating Station.
Cross-cutting aspects were assigned to three of the findings in the areas of problem
identification and resolution, evaluation (P.2) and self-assessment (P6) (assigned to two of the findings). If you disagree with the cross-cutting aspect assignments in this report, you should provide a response within 30 days of the date of this inspection report, with a basis for your disagreement to the Regional Administrator, Region IV, and the NRC resident inspector at the Wolf Creek Generating Station.

Junk Plant Grand Gulf: Delay Startup to Fix Safety Culture

Update 9/30:

It is utterly not safe with the apathy shown by the Louisiana newspapers over Entergy's nuclear plant's such as River Bend and Waterford. It shows you how wrapped up Entergy got the news media in that region and the south. 

"Operational performance concerns"...the most important group at the plant.
September 29, 2016 
PRELIMINARY NOTIFICATION OF EVENT OR UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE - PNO-IV-16-003 
This preliminary notification constitutes EARLY notice of events of POSSIBLE safety or public interest significance. The information is as initially received without verification or evaluation, and is basically all that is known by the Region IV, Arlington, Texas staff on this date.
Facility: Grand Gulf Nuclear Station
SUBJECT: GRAND GULF EXTENDED PLANT SHUTDOWN TO ADDRESS OPERATIONS
PERFORMANCE 
DESCRIPTION: 
On September 27, 2016, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station plant management notified the NRC of their intent to delay start-up of the plant, following a forced outage, to implement corrective actions to assess and resolve operational performance concerns. The plant completed a 16 day forced outage to replace a residual heat removal pump on September 24, 2016. Two separate operational performance issues occurred during startup preparation. Plant operators identified four valves that were inappropriately closed, rendering the alternate decay heat removal system inoperable. That system was required to be available while workers replaced a safety-related pump on the residual heat removal system. Additionally, plant operators opened a main feedwater isolation valve prior to securing the condensate system from a configuration that resulted in a rapid and unanticipated reactor vessel level increase from 33 inches to 151 inches. The timeline for a plant restart is under review by plant leadership while they determine a path forward.
NRC Region IV management received notification of this plan by a telephone call from Grand Gulf plant management at about 3:00 p.m. (CDT) on September 26, 2016. 
This preliminary notification is issued for information only and no further action by the staff is anticipated. 
The State of Mississippi has been notified. 
The information presented herein has been discussed with the licensee and is current as of  9:30 a.m. (CDT) September 29, 2016.
ADAMS ACCESSION NUMBER: ML16273A330
CONTACT: Greg Warnick at (240) 704-5884

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hinsdale, NH Heroin: The Dominican Silk Road To Springfield, Ma

I would consider all illegally entered Dominicans into the USA as enemy combatants. All considered guilty until proven innocent.

Basically the Dominican Republic has a non functioning national government.
Feds bust 'large-scale' heroin mill responsible for putting lethal 'Hollywood' label on the streets

SPRINGFIELD — Members of a DEA joint task force broke up a Dominican Republic-to-Western Massachusetts heroin trafficking ring with 14 arrests on Friday morning and large drug seizures from three separate sites across the city.

Agents began tracking the "Alberto Marte Drug Trafficking Organization" in early January, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court.

Marte, of 75 Tyler St. in Springfield, is the lead defendant in the case. Court records say he was responsible for peddling the particularly lethal batch of "Hollywood" heroin that claimed the lives of eight local residents in December and January.

The spate of overdose deaths prompted law enforcement agencies everywhere to publicly warn heroin addicts to stay away from the label. The sworn statement filed late Thursday by DEA Agent John Barron noted the deadly effects of the batch across the region.

A police photo of a batch of heroin seized in January 2016. Federal agents on Friday arrested a number of men in connection with what they say is a "heroin mill" that put bags of the drug labeled "Hollywood" on the streets.Springfield Police Department

"Our investigation has also shown that Marte is responsible for distributing heroin labeled with a 'Hollywood' stamp. This brand of heroin has been connected to numerous fatal overdoses in the New England area that occurred in late 2015 and early 2016," the affidavit reads.

The statement says Marte had drug connections in New York and the Dominican Republic, where additional raids took place this morning.

Records show agents followed various members of the operation around Springfield and other local communities, tapped their phones, and sifted through garbage bags the suspects tossed in dumpsters behind a mobile phone store and the Holyoke Mall in June.

"I then met with (other investigators) in a side lot of the mall and opened the trash bag retrieved from the Dumpster. We immediately observed a very large quantity of materials, which, based on our training and experience, we knew to be heroin packaging materials," the affidavit states.

Inside several trash bags, investigators found glassine baggies labeled "Donald Trump," plastic bags filled with heroin residue, hundreds of elastics, drug ledgers and packaging materials, according to the statement.

Chicopee responds to 8 heroin overdoses, 4 deaths in 4 days

At least two of the deaths were tied to the potent "Hollywood" heroin found in Western Massachusetts.

Barron states Marte had a "stash/mill house" at 152 Lebanon St. in Springfield.

A home at 152 Lebanon St. in Springfield was being used by a heroin distribution ring as a "stash/mill house," according to investigators. Federal agents made over a dozen arrests Friday in connection with the alleged drug operation, which had ties to the Dominican Republic, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.Stephanie Barry / The Republican

According to his affidavit, Connecticut State Police seized $50,000 from a plastic bag delivered from Marte's residence to one of his runners on June 9. Another member of the Marte organization, Carlos Rivera, was specifically used as quality control for specific batches of heroin, Barron says.

"Rivera is known to test Marte's heroin for him upon Marte's receipt of a shipment," the statement reads. "Typically Rivera rates it at a number, between one and 10 ... Marte then typically report's Rivera's findings back to his sources of supply, and depending on the reported quality of the heroin, keeps the heroin for distribution or returns it to his sources of supply."

Another member of the heroin ring was Julian "Gordo" Declet, who sold heroin out of "AJ Buy & Sell," a glorified pawn shop at 895 Carew St., according to investigators.

In addition to Marte, Rivera and Declet, arrested Friday morning were Marcos Pena, William Brantley, Jovanni Rodriguez, Diolfi Antonio Marte Vasquez, Jose Miguel Ramos, Anthony Patino, Mirelvy Vasquez, Pablo Rosario, Anyuly Tavarez and Eduardo Fernandez. They all were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Agents recovered at least three kilos of heroin from an SUV parked in Marte's driveway, and found Fernandez at 152 Lebanon St. nearby a "large amount of heroin" in various stages of packaging for "retail distribution," court records state.

"Agents observed that the apparent sole purpose of the 152 Lebanon St. (property) was that of a heroin mill as it contained virtually no furnishings other than several cots in the living area," the affidavit states. "Agents also observed several hidden locations which were used to secret heroin."

Federal prosecutors are seeking to detain all the defendants pending trial. Hearings will be ongoing in U.S. District Court Friday afternoon.

Springfield police in early January seized 9,000 bags of heroin bearing the "Hollywood" stamp and arrested four men on trafficking and distribution charges.

The suspects in the January arrests were charged in Springfield District Court.




Junk Plant Salem: Terrible Equipment Over Last Two Years


September 22, 2016

 SUBJECT: SALEM NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2 –INTEGRATED INSPECTION REPORT 05000272/2016002 AND 05000311/2016002
 
Equipment Reliability (Steady)
The inspectors documented an adverse trend in either equipment reliability or unplanned entries into TS shutdown limiting conditions for operation (LCO) in each of the previous four semi-annual trend review periods (IRs 05000272; 311/2014003, 2014005, 2015002 and 2015004). In February 2016, in response to PSEG’s unplanned LCO performance goal not being met, PSEG performed Common Cause Evaluation (CCE) 70184208, Unplanned Shutdown LCO Goal Not Met. The CCE was completed in April of 2016, with the following results:
A trend of data over an 18-month period from August 2014 through January 2016 identified 68 unplanned shutdown LCOs, which far exceeded the station goal of no more than 8 in a 12-month rolling average. PSEG’s CCE concluded:
1) 15 LCO entries were attributed to faulty parts; 2) 10 entries were attributed to equipment not being repaired in a timely manner; and 3) more follow up evaluations were warranted.
o Work Group Evaluation (WGE) 70185245, “Follow up Evaluation from Unplanned shutdown LCOs,” was performed to further evaluate the 10 entries attributed to equipment not being repaired in a timely manner. PSEG attributed the cause to ineffective development and implementation of equipment reliability strategies to ensure reliability until long-term elimination or mitigating actions were in place. Actions were assigned to develop bridging strategies for Plant Health Committee items and rollout to Station Oversight Committee (SOC) and Management Review Committee (MRC) an expectation that if an unplanned LCO occurs, a causal evaluation should be performed.
The inspectors noted some improvement in the area of unplanned entries into TS LCOs in recent months; specifically, 44 unplanned shutdown LCOs occurred from June 2015 to April 2016, but only seven occurred in the last 3 months of this 10 month period. The inspectors determined that the adverse trend of equipment failures did not constitute a performance deficiency, because the trend, by itself, did not constitute a violation of any NRC requirement. The inspectors inspected individual equipment failures as ROP baseline inspection samples documented in other sections of this report.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Junk and Dead Ender Pilgrim: Junk Safety Relief Valves.

It took me reading about ten newspaper articles before coming to this. I was looking what else was broken. I have zero faith the newspaper industry does their job. 
"While the plant was shut down to repair the valve, personnel completed additional maintenance including evaluating an additional feedwater regulating valve, replacing a safety-relief-valve pilot valve and replacing a turning gear in the main turbine."
It must have been leaking or have a  elevated tail piece temperatures. It is strange they decided to replace it only on the last feed reg water 9% power shutdown. Did they use the SRV to cool down? I know the NRC told me they were watching SRVs carefully. For the refueling outage shutdown, they told me they were going watch the valves open and shut in the drywell.

Will the other three begin leaking now? They are still in the 2 stage SRVs. I am surprised with their history, all of them were not replaced with refurbished.    

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Junk and Dead Ender Pilgrim: The fire Chief Says its a Cover-up

I talked to the lead NRC inspector about this. The daily or event abnormal leakage rate is not a NRC regulation. It is a local fire regulation. The NRC wants to know every time Pilgrim sends a notification to the town or state agency. So it’s an agreement when Pilgrim make a notification to an agency they file a event report to the NRC. Seems a leak occurred over 24 hours as normal seal leakage, so no big deal. The NRC seems to believe it is normal leakage with the seals. I wonder if they just forgot to depressurize the generator for shutdown ops.  I pressurized and depressurized VY generator many times.

I think it should go like this. Out of a hundred forged signatures on a work document by your boss, twenty will end up being unsafe and will lend to rework. The gold standard of the industry when you sign off on a document, you thoroughly understand what you are signing.  
Junk Plant Pilgrim: Forged Signature On Safety Document Not A NRC Violation

Based on the evidence gathered during the OI investigation, the NRC concluded that, although the planning manager forged the names of Operations and Work Control personnel on the forms, this action did not result in a violation of NRC requirements. Specifically, the NRC determined that the work scope changes did not involve or potentially affect the performance of safety-related equipment; and that the planning manager’s actions did not cause the licensee to improperly perform unplanned work, remove required work from the schedule, or fail to perform a required risk evaluation.

The NRC is not punishing people at a high enough level for submitting accurate and falsified documents. Their knees should be shaking when signing in document worry the document is incomplete and not fully accurate. You get it, risk perspective lendd you to the idea forging sigs is safe. You look a it on the component level, on this particular event, was anything unsafe. The NRC doesn't even give us a cue with what work was being. We all know this is extremely dangerous if this occurs by many people and over many work orders. The only way you would see how dangerous it is is in a big accident. The after event report on it. It might take a accident to discover the extent of the corruption. This is why everyone should be fired for knowing about forged sig or inaccurate documents. Period. It sounds like they didn't have enough people working in this department.  



Fire chief: Entergy fails to notify of hydrogen release, files false report

PLYMOUTH - There's not telling someone what's going on when you're supposed to, and then there's claiming you did something when you didn't.

By Emily Clark
eclark@wickedlocal.com

PLYMOUTH – There’s not telling someone what’s going on when you’re supposed to, and then there’s claiming you did something when you didn’t.

This week, Fire Chief Ed Bradley said Entergy Corp., which owns and operates the Pilgrim Station Nuclear Power Plant, not only didn’t notify the Fire Department of a hydrogen release at the plant as it is required to do, but the company filed a false report on the matter.

Entergy’s report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission states, “At 1739 (EDT) on Friday, September 9, 2016 the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Plymouth Massachusetts Fire Department were notified of a hydrogen release in accordance with plant procedures and 310CMR 40.300.”

But Bradley said this is false. Not only was his department not notified of the event Friday, Sept. 9, as the report states, he only learned of the incident when a reporter from the Cape Cod Times contacted him about it Monday, Sept. 12, three days later.

Bradley said he had to call Entergy to find out what was going on.

“I will get calls from media asking if I know about something going on at the plant, then I have to call down to Pilgrim to find out what’s going on,” Bradley said. “These are issues that I’m supposed to be notified of by agreement and by procedure. We’ve had three instances of this in the last couple of months.”

Entergy released this statement in response:

"Pilgrim Station reported a hydrogen release above our allowable limits on September 9 to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the NRC. Our practice of also making a notification to the Plymouth Fire Department did not occur, due to an internal misunderstanding. As a result, a Pilgrim station report to the NRC incorrectly stated that the Plymouth Fire Department had been informed on September 9. This error was not discovered until September 12. The station discussed the matter with the Plymouth Fire Department on September 12 and then corrected its report to the NRC to reflect the appropriate date.

"We have entered the error into our corrective action program and are working to revise procedures to ensure prompt notification of Plymouth Fire is made in the future.”

Ranked by the NRC as one of the three worst performing nuclear power plants in the country, the plant has had to be shut down repeatedly in the last few weeks.

The latest shutdown occurred Tuesday, after the plant was powered up to 9 percent power. This time, a problem with the plant’s turbine turning gear was to blame.

But prior to this latest shutdown, a leak of 2,680 cubic feet of hydrogen gas occurred last Friday, Sept. 9, in the turbine room, while the plant was shut down. The release meets the requirements for notification of state and local entities. Entergy issued this statement on the release:

“Hydrogen releases are a normal part of thermal-electrical power plants, including nuclear plants. The daily release limit for Pilgrim Station, according to state regulation, is 1,900 cubic feet. On Friday, September 9th, with the plant still offline, Pilgrim notified the state that the hydrogen release for the day was 2,600 cubic feet, which is above the state limit. At no time was the safety of the plant or public challenged. While this is an infrequent occurrence, it does not meet our standards and a prompt investigation is underway to determine the cause and to preclude recurrence.”

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan noted that this type of hydrogen venting is not uncommon when a plant is in a shutdown condition.

“We’ve said before that the concentrations were sufficiently low that there was no risk of explosion or harm to workers or the public,” Sheehan said.

He had this to add regarding Entergy’s failure to notify the Fire Department: “In terms of notifications of offsite emergency responders, it’s an important matter.”
Important seems like an understatement for Bradley, who said the situation has gone beyond just miscommunication.
“You do that on an official report as a police officer and firefighter and you could lose your job for that,” Bradley said of the false report. “It’s disturbing to me if it’s an accident and someone missed something. That’s one thing. But when you’re not getting told, it worries you because you’re wondering why. You don’t want to say the word ‘coverup.’ But not calling when they should be and making out faulty reports – that erodes your confidence.”
Entergy’s report to the NRC was amended with an update Sept. 14 stating “The Plymouth Massachusetts Fire Department was notified on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 1411 EDT. This clarifies information applicable to the local notification as identified in the original notification."
But according to Bradley, Entergy didn’t notify him of the incident Monday as the amendment in the report states. Bradley said it was he who had to contact Entergy Monday at 2:11 p.m. about the hydrogen release after learning about it from a reporter. Entergy merely confirmed that what he had heard was true.
So what happens now? Will Entergy face fines or penalties for the false report? Sheehan said the NRC is looking into it.
“Enforcement action is always a possibility,” Sheehan said. “We’ve made it clear in recent years that Entergy needs to do a better job of communicating with the community what is going on at the plant.”
For decades, the Fire Department has been notified of events at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, such as hydrogen releases, malfunctions and mechanical failures, according to Bradley.

But things have changed.

“I don’t know why information isn’t coming over right away,” Bradley said. “I get a call from a reporter from the Cape Cod Times and they say, ‘I have this information’ and I say, ‘Wait a minute I have to get back to you.’ Then I find out it’s true.”

Pilgrim Station Nuclear Power Plant was shut down for four days in August due to a malfunctioning steam isolations valve, which prevents radioactive leaks during a nuclear accident. It’s the same problem the plant had with the valve system in August of 2015.

Then, 10 days ago, the plant was shut down again when water levels in the reactor pressure vessel fluctuated unexpectedly. The source of the problem appeared to be a malfunction in the feedwater regulating valve that pumps water into the vessel to be converted to steam, according to the NRC, which stressed that the issue did not jeopardize the health and safety of the public, or plant employees.

The current shutdown, after the brief power-up Tuesday, is the latest. And, once again, the NRC is reassuring the public that there is no danger or threat to the public.

But it’s a communication shutdown that has the fire chief concerned.

Follow Emily Clark on Twitter @emilyOCM.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

NRC MAILER-DAEMON message?

Update 9/15/ 2016
(Brace)
Seems the problem is popping up again. I know allegations is going be looking at this. Is it going to take me contacting the NRC's Chairman in order to get region 1 to do your job professionally? 

I am disgusted with the treatment of this problem. I can't believe there isn't a documented trail. It is as if you are habituated into making any old excuse to not document the sins of the department and Allegations.

I can't believe the bs excuses you threw at me:

1) its a IT problem and not anything to do with allegations, we don't have to document this.
2) its beyond stupid, using a NRC account within the NRC IT system to so call send test e-mails to validate yahoo e-mails continue to get received by the NRC. it just lazy!!! I had effectively summarized this article to everyone and nobody would accepted the facts as I know it. I have to go by facts and the Allegation department gets to make half ass assumptions to delegitimized a concerned member of the public and I imagine nuclear industry employee.  

It's 12/12/12 all over again...

Mike Mulligan 9/15/26


Originally posted on 12/12/12 beginning here.

The NRC promised to talk to me about this...they called me once when I wasn't home. Nobody has talked to me yet. So you get it, the agency tries to contact you at a inoperative time, they give you a bum number, they don't have the courtesy  to notified by email of the time of the call...I guess they give you one shot to talk about an event and that is it.

I got no "easy" transparency on my first shot at this contacting the agency...I just knew how to manipulate the agency by playing one level of the agency against the other. they were trying to blow me off!  Easy and persistent contact to resolve a problem is the enabler of transparency...and the agency has to hold themselves scrutinizable to the quality of their communications. 

The deal I was going to talk to a highly specialist...not a generalist who sees the big picture. He'd tell me the worthless technical details... but no chance of knowing the big picture and the power to change what is wrong. This technical specialist would be amazing in he area...but a absolute idiot with seeing the big picture and the skills to impose changes.  

Get our discussion transcripted...that is all i want. 

US regulator: Transparency is key Fukushima lessonThe Associated Press
A top U.S. nuclear regulator says one of key lessons learned from Fukushima's disaster is the importance of a strong and independent operator that is transparent.
How often does allegation's blow off peoples concerns without merit and then state gross inaccuracies without due diligence? I guess he is technically correct, but they do block globally peoples emails.  
On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM, NRC Allegation <NRC.Allegation@nrc.gov> wrote:
Mr. Mulligan,
We are pleased to inform you that the NRC does not block any individual e-mails coming to the NRC.
Should you have a safety or security concern that may impact the safety and security of the public and the environment, please report to the NRC.
Thank you,


Originally post on 12/4/2012...

On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM, Webber, Robert <Robert.Webber@nrc.gov> wrote:
Mr. Mulligan:

Good morning.  Chairman Macfarlane’s office asked that I contact you concerning your inability to send emails to NRC staff.  Please accept my apology for the difficulties you have encountered.  We have seen an increase in spam and other unwanted emails originating from IP addresses registered and belonging to Yahoo!  We use a product, Cisco Ironport, to detect and block spam.  As a result, incoming email traffic from the Yahoo address is “throttled” by Cisco and is denied by our firewall from reaching its destination.  Cisco has been communicating on our behalf with appropriate contacts at Yahoo! regarding their outbound mail issue and have been assuring us that they’re working on it.  We will continue to work with Cisco and Yahoo in an effort to help them resolve this issue.

Please contact me at....... should you wish to discuss this matter further.

Bob Webber, Director
Infrastructure and Computer Operations Division
Office of Information Services


Dec 6 @5:30pm: I e-mailed the NRC chairman yesterday...really her staff....she had somebody call me named Jack L from region 1. My 90 year old mother in law took the message...it got a little garbled. I am at my house right now?


What drive me crazy is the NRC won't help me understand why I am getting these Yahoo Daemon bounces with my emails. You notice how I am beginning to use the the Google mail account. Should have changed over years ago.

Ultimately, if the NRC took it seriously there would have to be a public notification. We are having spam issue from Yahoo...we had to create a filter to not overwhelm our system. That is why you are getting a yahoo DEAMON warning that the NRC is rejecting your emails.

Spam reputation hinders Yahoo mail delivery

Monday, November 14, 2011
Sean O'Malley


Some yahoo.com e-mail users don't have much to shout "Yahoo!" about these days.
According to Don Hone, an e-mail administrator for OIT, Yahoo's spam reputation has fallen to the point where messages are being consistently rejected by other providers, including Ohio University. Attempts to contact administrators at Yahoo have so far been unsuccessful.
"At this point," Hone says, "Yahoo users who need to send e-mail to OHIO students or employees may want to consider moving to a different e-mail provider."
Like many institutions across the country, Ohio University uses reputation-based filtering as part of its defense against spam. In the automated spam filtering world, "bad reputation" has a very specific meaning. When a company, Internet provider, or institution sends too much spam from a particular server, that server gets points taken away from its reputation. If a server's reputation drops too low, that server gets blacklisted. According to Hone, approximately half of Yahoo's e-mail servers currently are experiencing some sort of spam-related restriction.
Students and employees who are forwarding their accounts to Yahoo may wish to consider disabling that forwarding and using their university account instead. Although messages forwarded from OHIO to Yahoo will get through, replies from Yahoo to OHIO may be delayed or blocked.

Symptoms and cures for Yahoo users

The most common symptom of spam trouble for a Yahoo user trying to reach an OHIO address is a rejection message. For e-mails sent from Yahoo to OHIO, the rejection notice will have the following characteristics:
  • From: MAILER-DAEMON@yahoo.com
  • Subject: Failure Notice
  • Reason: "Too many recipients received this hour"
OIT has communicated directly about this issue with students and employees who are forwarding their mail to Yahoo. Options outlined in that message include:
  • disabling forwarding and using Catmail or Exchange
  • opening a new account with a different e-mail provider and updating OHIO forwarding to point to that new account
  • continuing to read mail on Yahoo, but using Catmail or Exchange when sending to OHIO users

On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM, Mike Mulligan <steamshovel2002@gmail.com> wrote:

About a hour ago I called the NRC hotline about this mailer- daemon problem...wondering why lots of my e-mails were getting rejected by the NRC. I always use yahoo mailer. Half go through and the others get rejected.
Is this the problem below?
I wonder if I use google, and it works, we know what the problem is. My guess it is this. I pity the rest of the Yahoo mail users?
I'd still like a phone call back verifying yahoo is the problem...
Makes me wonder if I am blacklisted...not that paranoid yet.
Mike Mulligan
Hinsdale, NH

Spam reputation hinders Yahoo mail delivery

Monday, November 14, 2011
Sean O'Malley


Some yahoo.com e-mail users don't have much to shout "Yahoo!" about these days.
According to Don Hone, an e-mail administrator for OIT, Yahoo's spam reputation has fallen to the point where messages are being consistently rejected by other providers, including Ohio University. Attempts to contact administrators at Yahoo have so far been unsuccessful.
"At this point," Hone says, "Yahoo users who need to send e-mail to OHIO students or employees may want to consider moving to a different e-mail provider."
Like many institutions across the country, Ohio University uses reputation-based filtering as part of its defense against spam. In the automated spam filtering world, "bad reputation" has a very specific meaning. When a company, Internet provider, or institution sends too much spam from a particular server, that server gets points taken away from its reputation. If a server's reputation drops too low, that server gets blacklisted. According to Hone, approximately half of Yahoo's e-mail servers currently are experiencing some sort of spam-related restriction.
Students and employees who are forwarding their accounts to Yahoo may wish to consider disabling that forwarding and using their university account instead. Although messages forwarded from OHIO to Yahoo will get through, replies from Yahoo to OHIO may be delayed or blocked.

Symptoms and cures for Yahoo users

The most common symptom of spam trouble for a Yahoo user trying to reach an OHIO address is a rejection message. For e-mails sent from Yahoo to OHIO, the rejection notice will have the following characteristics:
OIT has communicated directly about this issue with students and employees who are forwarding their mail to Yahoo. Options outlined in that message include:
  • disabling forwarding and using Catmail or Exchange
  • opening a new account with a different e-mail provider and updating OHIO forwarding to point to that new account
  • continuing to read mail on Yahoo, but using Catmail or Exchange when sending to OHIO users

On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM, NRC Allegation <NRC.Allegation@nrc.gov> wrote:
Mr. Mulligan,
We are pleased to inform you that the NRC does not block any individual e-mails coming to the NRC.
Should you have a safety or security concern that may impact the safety and security of the public and the environment, please report to the NRC.
Thank you,

On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 12:18 PM, Mike Mulligan <steamshovel2002@gmail.com> wrote:
Sir,
1) Did you begin processing my Dec 2 VY 2.206 I sent to allegation...did you receive this email on Dec 2? I am just try to figure out what is wrong.
2) Do you believe the below "message expired for domain nrc.gov and host received too many recipients"?
Yahoo is telling me the nrc.gov received too many emails and thus my e-mail was rejected by the NRC....not seen by allegations.
I honestly thought it inconceivable the NRC could be filtering me or blacklisting me...anyone...but it can be looked like that with getting these Yahoo DAEMON rejection.
3) the intent of condition or cause question...is this happening to anyone else and why?
4) I have a fully functional virus scan program...Norton....I don't think it is a virus at my end but who knows.
5) Could this be coming from the gov servers and outside the NRC...but still filtering me not intentionally. But too much yahoo spam?
6) It just looks like a some gov server is unintentionally filtering me or it being overloaded by yahoo scam.
Thank you for the response.
Mike


From: "MAILER-DAEMON@yahoo.com" <MAILER-DAEMON@yahoo.com>
To: steamshovel2002@yahoo.com
Sent: Monday, December 3, 2012 5:06 PM
Subject: Failure Notice

Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.

<allegation@nrc.gov>:
Message expired for domain nrc.gov. Remote host said: 452 Too many recipients received this hour [RCPT_TO]

--- Below this line is a copy of the message.

Received: from [98.137.12.191] by nm25.bullet.mail.gq1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 02 Dec 2012 21:44:31 -0000
Received: from [98.137.12.242] by tm12.bullet.mail.gq1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 02 Dec 2012 21:44:31 -0000
Received: from [127.0.0.1] by omp1050.mail.gq1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 02 Dec 2012 21:44:31 -0000
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Junk plant Watts Bar 2: A National Disgrace Now Replace Their Swichyard

Can you even imagine it with all the NRC approvals and inspection for first operations, now they are replacing the main transformer and the switchyard? How did the NRC not see this? The switchyard is generally non safety related and the NRC doesn’t inspect it.


Honestly guys, it sounds like the transformer and switchyard for this effectively new plant is many decades old. They might have bought the transformer from the nuclear junk yard.
I have been telling you the symptom I see since startup, they got widespread quality issues with the equipment.
This has got to be a first in the nation, replacing the switchyard during preoperational testing…
 My guess is it’s going to be $50 to $100 million.  
TVA to Rebuild Switchyard Prior to Watts Bar 2 Operation
Sep 14, 2016
By Wayne Barber
Chief Analyst
Since the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) experienced an oil fire at the switchyard serving the Watts Bar nuclear station on Aug. 30, the federal utility has decided to rebuild the switchyard prior to full commercial operation of Watts Bar 2.
The fire forced the Watts Bar 2 nuclear unit offline not long after it had achieved 99 percent power output as part of increasing generation tests. As a precaution, TVA also took Watts Bar 1 offline temporarily on Sept. 1 so workers could safely inspect de-energized equipment in its switchyard.
Watts Bar 1 has since gotten back to 100 percent power, while Watts Bar 2 remains at zero power.
There is a “dual” switchyard at the Watts Bar nuclear complex and it has both 161-kV and 500-kV facilities, TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson told GenerationHub on Sept. 12.
The fire occurred on the “station side” of the switchyard serving Watts Bar 2, Hopson said. TVA cannot yet give an accurate prediction of either the cost of the switchyard repair or the length of time it will take to complete, he added. Work will be done by TVA’s in-house employees.
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“We’ve got to fully understand what happened,” before that is determined, Hopson said. The transformer is an extremely large facility and the examination includes draining oil out.
“It’s a fairly extensive process,” Hopson said. “We want to make sure that it’s done right,” before Watts Bar 2 officially enters commercial operation.
Like TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson, the TVA spokesperson said that “commercial operation” is largely an “accounting term” that distinguishes capital expense projects from “operating and maintenance” expenses.
The Watts Bar 2 nuclear unit has been generating increasing levels of power this summer although it has yet to officially be deemed in commercial operation.
The deployment of Watts Bar 2 will mean that a second 1,150-MW nuclear reactor will be using the switchyard, Hopson noted.
TVA has not yet filed any reports on implications of the Aug. 30 fire, and subsequent repair project, with any federal agencies aside from the initial “event report” filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC inspector on-site is well aware of the situation, Hopson said.
TVA connected the long-anticipated Watts Bar 2 to the grid in early June. After the NRC issued an operating license for the unit last October, 193 new fuel assemblies were loaded into the reactor vessel the following month. TVA announced at the end of May that the reactor achieved its first sustained nuclear fission reaction.
Initial construction on Watts Bar 2 originally began back in 1973, but construction was halted in 1985 after the NRC identified weaknesses in TVA's nuclear program, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
In August 2007, the TVA board of directors authorized the completion of Watts Bar 2, and construction started in October 2007. At that time, a study found Unit 2 to be effectively 60 percent complete with $1.7 billion invested. The study said the plant could be finished in five years at an additional cost of $2.5 billion. However, both the timeline and cost estimate developed in 2007 proved to be overly optimistic, as construction was not completed until 2015, and costs ultimately totaled $4.7 billion.

Greenspan is the Biggest Crazies

His philosophy gave us the 2008 economic debacle.  He got out just in time in 2006.   
Greenspan Worries That ‘Crazies’ Will Undermine the U.S. System

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan voiced concern that the U.S. economic and political system could be undermined by what he called “crazies.”

“It is the worst economic and political environment that I’ve ever been remotely related to,” Greenspan, 90, told a conference in Washington Tuesday evening sponsored by Stanford University and the University of Chicago.

On the economic front, the U.S. is headed toward stagflation -- a combination of weak demand and elevated inflation, according to Greenspan. “Politically, I haven’t a clue how this comes out.”

“We’re not in a stable equilibrium,” he said. “I hope we can all find a way out because this is too great a country to be undermined, by how should I say it, crazies.”

Greenspan, who served from 1974-1977 in the Republican presidential administration of the late Gerald Ford, declined to comment on Wednesday when asked whom he was referring to.

Presidential Campaign

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is leading Republican Donald Trump in opinion polls, though her edge over the billionaire has narrowed. In winning his party’s nod, Trump ran a populist campaign, pledging to build a wall to keep out illegal immigrants coming from Mexico and threatening to slap tariffs on imports from China.

In his comments on Tuesday, Greenspan traced the rise of populism in the U.S. all the way back to 1896, when William Jennings Bryan gave his “Cross of Gold” speech at the Democratic Party national convention opposing the gold standard.

Greenspan repeated his concern on Tuesday that increased government spending on social security and healthcare are crowding out private investment and leading to slower economic growth. He bemoaned the fact that neither presidential candidate was talking about reining in those expenditures.

“Nobody wants to discuss it” for fear of a political backlash, he said.

Junk NRC and Dead Ender Pilgrim: Dangerous Maintenance At Power.

This is an indication of a grossly incompetent staff and grossly poor procedures. Nobody have the guts to call more senior management or the NRC to put a stop to this craziness before the maintenance? It only occurred for about one half an hour.


Where was the NRC…
Can you even believe this, the maintenance actively happened on Aug 26, 2014 and this very serious violation was discovered on April 19, 2016…

As specified under Limiting Conditions for Operations (LCO) Action Statement 3.9.B.2, "From and after the date that incoming power is not available from both startup and shutdown transformers, continued operation is permissible, provided both diesel generators and associated emergency buses remain operable, all core and containment cooling systems are operable, and reactor power level is reduced to 25 percent of design".

The potential safety consequence of this event if response (recovery) actions were delayed is the possibility of losing 4kV Buses AS &A6 for an extended period of time, resulting in a prolonged station blackout condition.

The potential safety consequence of this event if the "operator" barrier was removed is a station blackout

condition. Had the resulting consequence of th'e August 2014 maintenance testing been a station blackout, PNPS Procedure S.3.31, Station Blackout, would have been entered and the prescribed immediate and subsequent actions taken until the preferred (34S kV Offsite) power source or the standby (onsite) EOG power source was restored.


Junk and Dead Ender Pilgrim: "Communication Has Become Terrible With The Fire Department"

They are probable losing employees hands over fist. Who wants their careers tainted by this terribly operating plant.
Hydrogen gas leak forces investigation at Pilgrim nuke plant
"Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station leaked 2,680 cubic feet of hydrogen gas into Plymouth skies Friday from its turbine building, once again forcing plant operators to file reports with state and federal regulators.
“One local agency that should have been contacted never got the call, according to Plymouth Fire Chief Ed Bradley.
The event was just one more in a string of mishaps the 44-year-old reactor has experienced over the past month, and the plant owner plans to closely look at what happened.
“While this is an infrequent occurrence, it does not meet our standards and a prompt investigation is underway to determine the cause and to preclude recurrence,” Entergy Corp.’s spokesman Patrick O’Brien wrote in an email to the Times.
Pilgrim operators notified the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection of the event late Friday afternoon, and submitted a short event report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday, in which it stated the required notice was also given to the Plymouth Fire Department.
The plant license holder must report any hydrogen releases greater than 1,900 cubic feet during a 24-hour period.
Bradley was unhappy about the lack of notice but said it's become typical behavior. "In the past three months, communication has become terrible," the fire chief said Monday. "And I don't know why." He said he made a phone call to plant managers Monday, who confirmed the release had taken place.
DEP spokesman Edmund Coletta said his agency received the phone call shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. “They are now required to hire a licensed site professional, which they have done, to submit a closure report on what happened, how it happened and why it happened,” he said. “They have 60 days to do that.””

Junk and Dead Ender Pilgrim plant: Shutdown Again From 9% Power

The ISO must consider these guys unreliable. Imagine the rescheduling going on here... 
NUCLEAR POWER
Pilgrim almost back online after eight days
Mechanical malfunction forces another shutdown
Posted Sep. 13, 2016 at 7:52 PM
PLYMOUTH — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was slowly powering up Tuesday and reached 9 percent of its full capacity when yet another mechanical malfunction forced operators to shut the reactor back down, marking the eighth day the plant has been offline.
A turning gear that helps spin the turbine and maintain it in proper balance was not functioning properly, according to Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Sheehan said it will have to be repaired before the reactor can be restarted.
Since the problem is on the turbine side, rather than on the nuclear reactor side of the operation, public safety is not a big concern, according to the NRC and Entergy, the plant's owner-operator.
Entergy spokesman Patrick O’Brien said the plant will return to full power when repairs are completed. “Information on when we expect to return to 100 percent power is business sensitive and proprietary, and we are therefore not at liberty to make it public.”
Operators shut down the reactor on Sept. 6 because a faulty regulator valve was allowing too much water into the reactor building. That valve, and a second one, have been repaired, Sheehan said Monday.
Last Friday, while the plant was still in shutdown, there was a leak of 2,680 cubic feet of hydrogen gas in the turbine room which then went into the atmosphere, forcing plant operators to file reports with state and federal regulators.
Pilgrim was also shut down for four days last month due to a malfunctioning steam isolation valve designed to prevent radioactivity from leaking into the environment during a nuclear accident. Problems in that same valve system had caused a shutdown in August 2015.
Pilgrim, ranked by the NRC as one of the three worst performers in the country’s fleet of 100 reactors, is slated to close on May 31, 2019.
Meanwhile Entergy spokesman Joseph Lynch told a group of Plymouth officials Tuesday that the company has notified federal regulators that Pilgrim is ready for a full inspection, the final one in a series of three special inspections required because of the plant's poor performance.
Lynch said a team of NRC inspectors will arrive Nov. 28 for a two-week scrutiny of Pilgrim. Inspectors then return in January to wrap up, Lynch said.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Dead Ender Junk Pilrim: Releasing in excess of 10 Pounds of Hydrogen

Right, in recent times, two MSIVs and a feed water regulation valve malfunctions...now this. This is a indication of financial starvation and a lack of hope for the staff.

There are fans in the roof of the turbine building. The gas most likely was dispersed through this manner. The amount of hydrogen here carries a lot of energy and there always is a fear of detonation. It could blow off the siding and injure a lot of people. How would you like the end of plant operations to be precipitated by this kind of explosion or event? There is a possibility the leak began in the stator cooling system in the basement.  

A uncontrollable cascade of plant problems...
Wiki: The butterfly effect is the concept that small causes can have large effects. Initially, it was used with weather prediction but later the term became a metaphor used in and out of science.[1]
In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. The name, coined by Edward Lorenz for the effect which had been known long before, is derived from the metaphorical example of the details of a hurricane (exact time of formation, exact path taken) being influenced by minor perturbations such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier. Lorenz discovered the effect when he observed that runs of his weather model with initial condition data that was rounded in a seemingly inconsequential manner would fail to reproduce the results of runs with the unrounded initial condition data. A very small change in initial conditions had created a significantly different outcome...

This isn't a normal release of hydrogen. This was a unintentional release due to operator error or a equipment malfunction.

Chaotic and erratic plant operations!!!!

How do we get here? Right, high ocean temperatures forced the unit to cycle up and down. We had a feedwater adventure at 91% power. Now this. Erratic plant operations!!! This is how the lessor nations operate their nuclear power plants.
Plant design has a pipe going to way above the roof, where the hydrogen get dispersed in this way.
Power ReactorEvent Number: 52231
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: JOHN WHALLEY
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 09/09/2016
Notification Time: 20:01 [ET]
Event Date: 09/09/2016
Event Time: 17:39 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/09/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1DO)
BERN STAPLETON (NSIR)

UnitSCRAM CodeRX CRITInitial PWRInitial RX ModeCurrent PWRCurrent RX Mode
1NN0Refueling0Refueling
Event Text
OFFSITE NOTIFICATION - RELEASE OF HYDROGEN GAS IN EXCESS OF THE REPORTABLE QUANTITY OF TEN POUNDS

"At 1739 [EDT] on Friday September 9, 2016 the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Plymouth Massachusetts Fire Department were notified of a Hydrogen release in accordance with plant procedures and 310CMR40.300, Massachusetts Contingency Plan Notification for Oil and Hazardous Material; Identification and Listing of Oil and Hazardous Material, due to a release of hydrogen gas to the environment exceeding the reportable quantity of ten pounds. The Massachusetts DEP Tracking Number is RTN4-26311. The release was from the generator hydrogen cooling system. There was no plant damage. Hydrogen system pressure has been restored to the normal operating band with the Main Generator secured and is stable. The cause of the event is under investigation.

"This event posed no danger to the health and safety of plant personnel or members of the general public.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.''





Junk Plant Salem 1 & 2: Indication Of Rough Seas For The Nuclear Industry

I see this as a indicator of heighten risk of a nuclear plant meltdown. Or an accident that's going to be on the doorstep of a meltdown, could turn into meltdown. At best, the Salem and Hope facility will tar the industry's reputation

As a professional, the reliability of the operation of the Salem and Hope facility is a disgrace to the nation. An indication of the problem with Hope Creek is their Safety Relief Valves. They can't quickly clear weak designed SRVs from the plant. For the last few years, this facility is in deep decline and this indicates the system can't quickly clear emergent problem across the board. This facility's operations has been chaotic and erratic. I think this is a indicator for the industry in general. The whole industry is moving towards the condition of Hope Creak and the Salem units.

I remind everyone we don't have the god's eye view of the safety of the massively complex organization and the massively complex machine, components and parts and material conditions. Outsider only see a sliver of the extent of these problems. One plant may have up to a million or more components...this is the second largest nuclear facility in the USA with three plant. The complexity here is mind boggling. This is why I spend so much of my time studying the documents of this facility. I am just a tea leaf reader.

Salem 1 63%
Salem 2 100%

  

Friday, September 09, 2016

Junk Salem 1&2: Both Plants Stuck At 60% Again


Honestly, on this second largest nuclear facility in the USA, when have all three plants been at 100% this summer? Bet you for this facility, its the worst summer capacity history on the record.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Junk Plant Pilgrim: Forged Signature On Safety Document Not A NRC Violation


Where the hell are we heading!!!
Mr. John Dent, Jr.
Site Vice President
Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station
600 Rocky Hill Road
Plymouth, MA 02360-5508
SUBJECT: NRC INVESTIGATION REPORT NO. 1-2015-008
Dear Mr. Dent:
This letter refers to the subject investigation by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Office of Investigations (OI) involving the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (Pilgrim), owned by Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (Entergy). The investigation,
Was the former planning manager fired for cause?
which was completed on December 18, 2015, was conducted, in part, to determine whether a (former) planning manager at Pilgrim caused Entergy to violate NRC requirements related to work planning or risk assessment. As described below, the NRC determined that the circumstances of the case did not result in a violation of NRC requirements.
The non-outage work planning process at Pilgrim is conducted in accordance with Entergy procedure EN-WM-101, “On-Line Work Management Process.” The scope of work for a given workweek is finalized 16 weeks before the start of the actual workweek. After that point, any proposed scope changes must be documented on a form (Attachment 9.1 to the procedure). The form records the desired work scope change and its impact (manpower and operational), and requires signatures from designated Operations and Work Control contacts.
In October 2014, Pilgrim staff identified that six forms authorizing work scope changes included signatures for the Operations and Work Control personnel that had apparently been forged by the planning manager. Pilgrim staff initiated an internal investigation and notified the NRC of the concern. The NRC conducted an independent investigation of the matter to determine whether the planning manager’s actions resulted in any violations of NRC requirements. In particular, the NRC evaluated whether the planning manager caused work to be performed without being properly evaluated for risk, as required by Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 50.65(a)(4).
Based on the evidence gathered during the OI investigation, the NRC concluded that, although the planning manager forged the names of Operations and Work Control personnel on the forms, this action did not result in a violation of NRC requirements. Specifically, the NRC determined that the work scope changes did not involve or potentially affect the performance of safety-related equipment; and that the planning manager’s actions did not cause the licensee to improperly perform unplanned work, remove required work from the schedule, or fail to perform a required risk evaluation.