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Fukushima Crisis Updates

Today In Radiation Safety History

On May 23, 1958, a NRU reactor at Chalk River suffered what was called a "power burst" as a result of a fuel rod failure. The accident did not involve a power excursion in an operating reactor. It occurred while the Unit was shut down, undergoing an operation to remove the failed fuel from its core. While being removed the failed fuel rod did not receive adequate cooling and probably began burning in the fuel transfer flask above the core (the fuel used at the time was uranium metal, which combusts spontaneously in air). The fuel also broke apart, leaving one section in the bottom of the reactor and another section stuck in the transfer flask. As the transfer flask moved across the reactor bridge towards the fuel storage area beside the reactor, a three-foot section of the stuck fuel rod dropped from the flask into a maintenance pit on the bridge, where it continued to burn. The fire was extinguished relatively quickly (about 15 minutes) by reactor staff, but not before it had significantly contaminated the inside of the NRU building and, to a smaller degree, an area (approximately 0.4 square km) of the Chalk River site itself. Cleanup started immediately, along with repair of the reactor itself, and NRU was up and running again by August of that year.