WAMU 88.5 : News

North Anna Taken To Task For Generator Safety

Play associated audio
Steam vents from secondary cooling systems at the North Anna Nuclear power plant in Mineral, Va. A generator failed at the North Anna plant in Virginia following an August earthquake.
AP Photo/Steve Helber, File
Steam vents from secondary cooling systems at the North Anna Nuclear power plant in Mineral, Va. A generator failed at the North Anna plant in Virginia following an August earthquake.

Two reactors automatically shut down operations at Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna Nuclear Station during the earthquake last August. Now, inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are outlining violations at the plant revolving around the use of emergency diesel generators.

Regulators say inspectors found that a gasket failure prevented one of the diesel generators from performing its function following the earthquake. While the gasket was replaced the same day, inspectors found the plant did not employ adequate procedures.

NRC officials say the violation was of low to moderate safety significance, but additional inspections are necessary.

Dominion says the violation didn't pose any public safety risk and procedures have been improved.

NPR

At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "
NPR

America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
WAMU 88.5

Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

NPR

WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.