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Was the Nuclear Control Room Panel Fire at Quad Cities Caused By a Defective GE-Hitachi Switch?

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US NRC:  Control Room Panels (Nov. 2007)
US NRC Photo: Control Room Panels (unknown nuclear power station), Nov-2007; black and white photo of Quad Cities Control Rm at Blog Post Bottom

At Quad Cities Nuclear Power Station: “On February 1, 2017, at 1929 hours [CST], a fire was discovered on the Unit 2 Main Control Room panel 902-3 in the 3E ERV/ADS [Electromatic Relief Valve-Automatic Depressurization System ] valve switch… No automatic isolations/actuations occurred. The fire was extinguished at 1932 and the reactor remained at 100% power. “An Alert was declared at 1938 [CST].”The initiation of the event was attempting to change a light bulb. The cause of the event is under investigation. https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170202en.html The control room is just that – it is to control the nuclear reactors. This is not good. Hitachi centers around the Mizuho group, in trouble a few years ago for lending to the Japanese mob (yakuza): http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/09/business/hitachis-consumer-credit-unit-caught-up-in-mizuho-yakuza-loan-scandal

The fire was…

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February 9, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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