Nothing to worry about, move along folks.
A Vermont Yankee employee reported in November that security management “detonated a suspicious item” that resembled a pipe bomb inside the nuclear power plant compound.
According to VTDigger’s Anne Galloway, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said “the situation was not handled appropriately.” And by that, Our Guardians Of Safety mean…
Against the advice of the police, Entergy employees duct taped a piece of string to the pipe, stood back and pulled the string to see if it “went off,” according to the report.
Oh lord. I don’t know if Homer Simpson himself would’ve tested a possible bomb on the grounds of a nuclear power plant with a piece of string and some duct tape.
And the nuclear industry wonders why we don’t trust them.
But don’t worry. Our friendly reassuring voices, Yankee spokesflack Rob Williams and NRC spokesflack Neil Sheehan, both say there was no danger to the plant or the public. Which is no thanks to the Einsteins of the Vermont Yankee Amateur Bomb Disposal Team; there was no threat because the “pipe bomb” turned out to be a piece of trash.
The suspicious item… was a well pump that was being thrown away.
And in the process of “being thrown away,” an item that looked like a pipe bomb was casually left laying around. Might I suggest, ladies and gentlemen, a wastebasket?
After all, a neat nuke plant is a happy nuke plant.