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    Posted: 12 Apr 2018 at 1:54pm
http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Barrel-ruptures-at-Idaho-nuclear-site-no-injuries-479537523.html


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on Idaho nuclear site incident (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

Federal officials say there are no injuries at a nuclear facility in eastern Idaho following the release of radioactive material from a ruptured 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel inside a containment structure.

The U.S. Department of Energy in a statement Thursday says the breach occurred late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

Officials say the Idaho National Laboratory Fire Department responded to a fire alarm late Wednesday at the structure at the Idaho Cleanup Project's Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

The agency says the facility is designed with high-efficiency filters and no contamination has been detected outside.

Workers have been preparing stored waste at the isolated desert site about 55 miles (89 kilometers) west of Idaho Falls for shipment to a storage facility in New Mexico.

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Not a good situation, to say the least.  But, of considerably less danger and significance compared to the SL-1 accident.  When I got to S1-W in the first of January, 1963, they showed us a film about SL-1.  Since it had occurred exactly 2 years prior it was still fresh in the minds of many of the workers and instructors at S1-W.  So I heard a number of stories as well as lurid details of the deaths and ensuing contamination.

The SL-1 Reactor Accident
http://www.radiationworks.com/sl1reactor.htm

SL1 Accident (1961)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOt7xDKxmCM&ytbChannel=ansatuofi



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The moral is, "Believe your instruments!!!"


Edited by SaltiDawg - 14 Apr 2018 at 10:02am
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True.  One should always believe one's instruments.  But, it does help to have adequate instrumentation as well as operating equipment just a tad more sophisticated than a block and tackle. 
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Hay, without the block and tackle there would never have been Super Critical Reactor AMan. Just saying!
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Super Critical Reactor AMan

When I went thru nuc school (Class 59-1) we were told that the A and M meant Auxillary Method.
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We were told it was an actual guy on Fermi's original pile at Soldier Field. Same guy that told us "Measure it with a Mike, mark it with Chalk, cut it with an Ax". 
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SCRAM ... wiki article traces etymology of term if one scrolls down in link to left.
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Originally posted by Dr. Stan Dr. Stan wrote:

True.  One should always believe one's instruments.  But, it does help to have adequate instrumentation as well as operating equipment just a tad more sophisticated than a block and tackle. 


The issue was not "adequate instrumentation" at compartment entry.  Two operators had pegged gamma detectors (AN/PDR-27s??) - they each and jointly concluded their respective meters were not read in properly!

Massive fuel rod ejections demonstrated otherwise.

You can view from the air the green outline of the core site.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FTGC(SS) Lane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Apr 2018 at 6:15am
All theses response yet not one that answered the question.
I guess a non-nuke has to step up and give an answer. Wink
No, Idaho Falls is no longer the Prototype. Ballston Spa NY and Charleston SC are the only sites now.

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