Based upon the report in the Rutland Herald, it looks like the leak is in the reactor clean-up system. In a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) water containing contaminants flows in while chemically clean but still radioactive steam exits the reactor. This system is designed to clean up the water inside the reactor so it doesn’t become contaminated with chemical contaminants that might injure the fuel or weaken the reactor vessel.
Once again this is an example of VY’s deferred maintenance at the risk of both reliability and safety. The reactor water clean-up is considered a safety system.
How ironic that Entergy did not release this information when the incident occurred, but waited until their weekly newsletter, which was released on the eve of two huge voting issues at the State Legislature. I guess that ENVY is hoping the legislators will not notice the 3rd leak in 3 months. The 2nd leak was also in this same safety related system.
I wonder if DPS was given this information and sat on it too, or not informed as has also previously occurred.
Yankee springs another hot leak
BRATTLEBORO – Entergy Nuclear announced late Wednesday afternoon that it had another radioactive leak, this time in a filter that removes radioactivity from other water leaks.
The company, in its weekly newsletter to the media, said the leak was not affecting the operation of the plant. The leak was found in a filter in a portion of the plant that was plagued by another leak that was fixed last week after three months of leaking thousands of gallons of radioactive water…
…Today’s announcement is the third radioactive leak at the plant in the past three months.