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The reactor status for Hatch Reactor 1 was reported as 50% on Sept. 11th and Sept. 12th, which seems to support the possibility of a fire on site. It was at 96% on Sept. 10th. Satellite imagery noted an apparent fire at the Hatch Nuclear Power Station, when passing over at 18.29 UTC, 14.29 (2.29 pm) EDT on Sept. 11th. While the image shows it as most likely in the transformer yard, a fire could have been elsewhere, as it is not perfectly precise.
Detection Date: 11 Sep 2016, Detection Time: 18:29 UTC, Confidence: 45 http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/index.php
E. I. Hatch is one of many nuclear power stations which has potentially defective Schneider Masterpact breakers: “The higher contact resistance at any one finger contact could cause an unacceptable temperature rise at that connection point. At very high temperatures, the springs that maintain the finger contact pressure could relax, which would further increase the connection resistance and cause additional overheating.” http://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1406/ML14069A467.pdf http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2016/20160513en.html https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/defective-us-nuclear-breakers-by-schneider-electric-of-france-schneider-appears-involved-in-french-nuclear-parts-scandal-as-original-owner-of-le-creusot-forge-too/
The E. I. Hatch Nuclear Power Station also got heavy rain and some wind from Hurricane Hermine around one week ago, although it appears to have stayed online, according to the reactor status report (which some have reported isn’t always accurate.) Perhaps the nuclear power station could have suffered damage from the wind and/or heavy rain.
The reactor status for Hatch Reactor 1 was reported as 50% on Sept. 11th and Sept. 12th. It was at 96% on Sept. 10th: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/reactor-status/2016/20160910ps.html
“The Edwin Irby Hatch Nuclear Power Plant is near Baxley, Georgia, in the southeastern United States, on a 2,244-acre (9 km²) site. It has two General Electric boiling water reactors with a total capacity of 1,759 megawatts. Previously, the reactors had a combined capacity listing of 1,848 MW. Unit 1 went online in 1974 and was followed by Unit 2 in 1978. The plant was named for Edwin I. Hatch, president of Georgia Power from 1963 to 1975, and chairman from 1975 to 1978.”