PG&E Statement On The Humboldt Bay Power Plant – March 21, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Note: Local news media today received this communication from PG&E representative Brandi Ehlers. – Ed.

In light of recent events in Japan, I would like to share some information about the Humboldt Bay Power Plant and Generating Station.

The Humboldt Bay Power Plant is in the process of decommissioning.  The spent nuclear fuel stored on site is located in a very secure underground structure.  The Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) project was completed in 2008 and the facilities have been designed to withstand an 8.8 magnitude Cascadia subduction zone earth quake and a tsunami surge between 28 to 43 feet above sea level. The underground vault affords greater seismic stability, greater protection from tsunamis, reduced maintenance, enhanced aesthetics, and uses conductive cooling, making it completely passive, meaning that the facility is able to perform its job without requiring any actions to be taken by plant workers.

At the Humboldt Bay Power Plant we have both the ability to monitor for external radiation and a highly trained radiation protection team at the site. We have two different types of sensors to detect external radiation at the Humboldt Bay Power Plant, air samplers and thermoluminescent dosimeters.  They are located on site as well as throughout Humboldt County.  We are coordinating with the California Department of Public Health and local agencies to provide them with information obtained from the sensors that could be made available to the public.

The Humboldt Bay Generating Station was designed to comply with the requirements for a seismic zone established by the California Building Code.  It was also designed to minimize risk from potential flooding impacts.

BRANDI EHLERS

Media Relations Representative
Humboldt l North Coast

 

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10 Responses to “PG&E Statement On The Humboldt Bay Power Plant – March 21, 2011”

  1. Now i feel totally safe.

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  2. Contemporary containment design sounds preferable to the way old school tech of the ones that failed.

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  3. What worries me is not the chance of a meltdown, or some other containment breach, it is the chance that some “terrorist” domestic or otherwise will figure out that these spent fuel rods are not as secure as spent fuel in other locations and try or succeed in stealing them and making a dirty bomb.

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  4. Dean Werner

    It’s known that Humboldt Bay Plant has the easiest and insecure storage of radioactive storage in the USA.

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  5. It’s known. By whom?

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  6. Dave Dooley

    “The underground vault affords greater seismic stability, greater protection from tsunamis, reduced maintenance, enhanced aesthetics, and uses conductive cooling, making it completely passive, meaning that the facility is able to perform its job without requiring any actions to be taken by plant workers.”
    One wonders if the folks at TEPCO felt that way….

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  7. Raybowls

    8.8 huh…well God Bless(or whoever you want or not) you all if we have a quake like Japan’s. Imagine not being able to be around the Bay for a long, long time. Let’s band together and get it outta here!

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  8. Shamus Jennings

    A 9.0 earthquake is twice as strong as an 8.8. So our power plant is designed to handle an earthquake half the strength of what Japan just experienced in 2011. Prayer is more effective than trust on that note.

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  10. Heinrich Evers

    This conversion from nuclear to coal took place in the Early nineties, My late grandfather Richard M. Thompson helped with that project.

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