American regulators have published a report on the curious incident that happened at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant.

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American regulators have published a report on the curious incident that happened at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant.

In July last year, an emergency situation occurred at the American Palo Verde-3 nuclear power plant, located in Arizona, during which the power unit's power automatically decreased from 100 to 87 percent.

It is worth noting that in this case, it is not the situation itself that causes serious concern, but the reason why it occurred.



According to a report published by American regulators, the plant guard was to blame for the automatic reduction in power at the power unit. The man was shooting pigeons with a pneumatic gun and, having missed the bird, broke one of the wires that powered the turbine control system.

The document states that the above-mentioned practice of reducing the pigeon population at the nuclear facility began to be used 10 years ago. At the same time, initially, the shooters were accompanied by specialists who were well versed in the territory of the facility and knew in which places they could shoot and in which they could not. Later, the escort was canceled, and this important task was completely entrusted to the security.

Thus, a tsunami or experiments do not necessarily lead to an accident at a nuclear facility. In the USA, at the Palo Verde-3 nuclear power plant, fortunately, everything worked out. But the incident described makes me think.

It is especially surprising that in a “high-tech” country such a barbaric, and most importantly associated with enormous risks, method of fighting birds on the territory of an energy facility is used. And where are American animal rights activists looking...
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  1. +9
    26 February 2024 16: 55
    What kind of wiring is this that you managed to interrupt with pneumatics? Is it weakly stretched, like a clothesline somewhere in the vastness of a nuclear power plant? And pigeons don’t seem to climb wires... request I know that pneuma can also be 9mm, but with this one you can kill a wild boar, not a pigeon. winked
    1. +7
      26 February 2024 17: 15
      Quote: al3x
      What kind of wiring is this that you managed to interrupt with pneumatics?

      Some kind of nonsense. About the same as the Amer mercenaries who died on the Outskirts and were then presented as victims of a helicopter crash. It’s just that the “exceptional” ones are afraid to tell the truth about the actual cause of the incident. Yes
      1. +2
        26 February 2024 18: 41
        Quote: LIONnvrsk
        It’s just that the “exceptional” ones are afraid to tell the truth about the actual cause of the incident.

        What else could be more stupid and absurd, since they offer to believe in it? I’m at a loss - without the late M. Zadornov, it’s impossible to invent anything here...
  2. +3
    26 February 2024 16: 58
    There is no Greta on the damned! And in general, they haven’t gotten around to poisoning pigeons with radiation?
    1. Alf
      +3
      26 February 2024 17: 30
      Quote: An60
      And in general, they haven’t gotten around to poisoning pigeons with radiation?

      And get a pterodactyl with a wingspan of 10 meters on your head?
  3. +3
    26 February 2024 17: 02
    Didn't they have money for a bird scarer? request
    There's something that scares you away at airports. Probably ultrasound
  4. +7
    26 February 2024 17: 04
    There, mutant pigeons tore cables out of the ground and ate them, and the guard heroically fought back and damaged the wire. And this is all to beg money from Congress for Ukraine.
  5. +5
    26 February 2024 17: 08
    I find it hard to believe. What kind of system is there in which the wires hang like temporary snot and damage to one leads to a drop in reactor power? Looks more like an excuse to hide problems
  6. +2
    26 February 2024 17: 15
    Chubais is to blame for everything wink wink
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  7. +2
    26 February 2024 17: 27
    It is especially surprising that in a “high-tech” country such a barbaric, and most importantly associated with enormous risks, method of fighting birds on the territory of an energy facility is used.


    The American national tradition is to use the Colt first.
    1. Alf
      +2
      26 February 2024 17: 31
      Quote: Former soldier
      The American national tradition is to use the Colt first.

      And only then think about what it will lead to.
  8. +2
    26 February 2024 18: 02
    There was a time when we used small guns to shoot small animals that made their way into the nuclear power plant’s security perimeter so that there would be no false alarms, but we never touched the birds! For what?! On the blocks, strict measures are taken against the breeding of rodents (they may chew on something important). At the same time, the Western school of construction and security of nuclear power plants assumes that all important communications are localized inside the unit, which is blocked in case of danger and must withstand the fall of the largest (at the time of construction of the nuclear power plant) aircraft. Apparently, they were shooting at pterodactyls inside the block and firing a machine gun...
  9. fiv
    +2
    26 February 2024 18: 40
    According to nuclear power plant safety standards, control cables do not hang in the air, but are laid in pipes, channels, etc. It looks like complete nonsense. It’s another matter if this cowboy is the former chief engineer of the station and has been preparing for a terrorist attack for 10 years.
  10. +2
    26 February 2024 18: 45
    I wonder how those who want to distribute shotguns to security guards at gas stations, oil depots and oil refineries will react to shoot UAVs?
  11. +2
    26 February 2024 18: 46
    At American nuclear power plants there are guards with pneumatic guns? wink
  12. 0
    27 February 2024 00: 42
    I won’t be surprised when it turns out that the guard is already wanted among the local pigeons.