Problem safety pump at Millstone draws scrutiny
Remember—Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
This may mean little to most of my readers however, I and many others, have been following this plant since being built back in the earlier 1970’s by ‘Stone & Webster and am not shocked with what is and has been going on up in Waterford and surrounding areas with this, what was at one time four nuclear power plants.
March 30. 2016
By Judy Benson Day staff writer
Waterford — A pump considered one of the critical pieces of safety equipment at Millstone Power Station is being monitored closely after failing to operate correctly during one of three tests thus far in 2016.
The turbine-driven auxiliary feedwater pump at Unit 3, which malfunctioned several times in 2013 and 2014, has been repaired since it failed during a test in February, Millstone spokesman Ken Holt said.
Repeated problems with the pump in 2013 and 2014 resulted in the plant receiving a “white” finding for a safety violation of “low to moderate” significance from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The pump is “one of the top two most important safety systems” at the plant that would be needed if an accident were to occur, on par with the plant’s emergency diesel generator, said David Lochbaum, director of the Nuclear Safety Project for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The pump is essential to keeping the reactor cool if there is a loss of power, Lochbaum said. Unit 3 has three auxiliary pumps, two of which are motor-driven and need electricity to run.
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