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Title: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 07:53
Don't forget to vote.  Keep your comments civil.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 08:30
Talk About: ANO
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: goo on Aug 31, 2003, 05:00
The Firewatches are GREAT!  Learned how to Line-Dance at the North 40.  Made to the Liquor Store on I-40 in 10 minutes!  Got married and divorced.  Learned what "spottin" for deer is all about. Learned alot about Hot-Particles.  Learned what a compassionate person Stan was.  Wow did he really know how to communicate with people.  ANO....the only place to get a G/A open-window beta reading anywhere in U1 Rx basement.  What a claim to fame!  Stan...Hats off to you and your people skills!
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: vikingfan on Sep 01, 2003, 08:46
I worked at ANO in the early 90's some where arounr 91& then again in 93 I do remember working nights then partying at the sunrise motel, i belive that was teh name  then sleeping for 3 hours if that before doing it again. I also remember having to dressout afer going through dosimetry since the aux. bldg was crapped up !! stove top you still out there somewhere? worked with calvin robinson, and carl irvine and too many others to mention but i do remember that we all had some great times there !!!
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Jr8black3 on Sep 03, 2003, 07:07
I did three tours at ANO,, If I remember right there was a place called Skull Orchard across the lake from the plant,, gawdddd that always turned into a mess, but then again most of the 80's have slipped my mind... I guess three things I can say good about ANO is 1. I met my wife there ( and hell NO not at the north 40) 2. I learned to Turkey hunt  3. I met a hell of alot of good people there, I guess it's not hard to meet good people when you have a SC like Butch Byrd
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: bronxcheer on Mar 29, 2004, 07:01
I understand that the IBEW just concluded their contract negotiations. UWUA stewards in NY are interested in how you guys made out. Would someone down there please send me a private message? .
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: HAIRDUDE on Apr 05, 2004, 11:43
Aaaahhhhh......Skull Orchard. Me and Tarbox are card carryin' members of that fine tradition, along with quite a few others on this site I would venture to guess. As I racall, the local girls in the "Chicken Coop" made life infinitely more bearable on night shift, though the fire watches weren't too bad either. The people were great! Strawberry Layman, Tim Tarbox, Wayne Mandrell (He was in security back then), Burt Lynch, Jim Looper, Butch, Stan, .... the list goes on and on. It's one of the few plants I ever worked where I would have liked to go House. As a matter of fact, I'm housin' it now at P.I. but ya never know. They lookin' for any ALARA Planners?

Floyd
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: hezabear on Apr 05, 2004, 12:40
I to remember the Skull. What a time.Do any of you guys remember playing golf of of the grave's and the Beer bong. Still have the card at home for safe keeping. Brad
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: HAIRDUDE on Apr 06, 2004, 11:40
Grave-top Golf! Fourrrrrr! Skull Orchard was also host to these other fine culturally enriching events:

The "How much Jose can you chug before you go blind" contest (Reigning champ last I checked was Adrian Lucie).

Monster Truck Bumper Pull

Greko Roman Wrestling.....shirtless....on gravel.

Carry your girl to the tree in the lake.....and leave her there.

The "I can prove these shoes are fire-proof..." contest.

"Kill Blaine's car with a survival knife"

"Technocolor Yawn for distance"

These events only scratch the surface of the culturally enlightening which occured at The Skull.
If you can remember any others, ad to the list. Unfortunately for me, if it didn't happen in the first hour or so, it has been lost forever in an alcoholic haze.

Floyd
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: hezabear on Apr 09, 2004, 07:46
 ;) I belive the name of the buger joint was the WhataBuger. Biggest Hambuger I ever saw and what ever you do don't order the large Fry. Brad
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: maggie352000 on Apr 23, 2004, 01:53
Taco Villa. Good Mexican food down on 4th St.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: tcasey25 on Jun 11, 2004, 08:13
ANO what can one say! Worked a refueling outage at unit 2 back in the 80's. By the time the outage was over, I was well on my way to becoming an alcoholic. Knowing that Russelville is a so-called dry county, you get the big picture. Thanks to all my drinking buddies, we made it thru that outage.

p.s. And I thought Oyster Creek was the pits, radiologically speaking.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: wondertech on Jun 11, 2004, 10:06
I just left ANO last month. I found a vast improvement over outages I'd worked there in the past. The house techs treated us well and management was not looking to fire someone at the drop of hat. All in all I had a good time. Too bad Entergy is trying to redefine the word cheap. I think their people deserve better.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: red1016 on Sep 05, 2004, 11:57
What was the name of the bar across the road from the North 40? I can't remember and I worked there!
Worked nights at ANO. Had a blast. Saw a straight guy in a dress(tequila in the AM will do that).
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: tonynuke on Nov 01, 2005, 05:43
Hows the gennie replacement goin down there??  Heard there might be some problems. 
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: vikingfan on Dec 13, 2005, 12:02
As far the outage goes it is a total circus ( keeping it politically correct LOL) from no communication between work groups and so called work planners, to vastly underestimating the total rem exposure, then when we blew that goal we regroup to a higher number but still over shoot that goal !! and from people covering up accidents that they said didn't happen....wink wink.  this used to be a fun place to work back in the late 80's to early 90's but the culture has vastly changed since then. oh then we also had way more  OSHA recordable incidents then I would say is acceptable and those are only the ones they will admit to. oh then we have so called craft supervision (this also includes the decon supervision) that think they are bigger then the total picture and have forgotten where they statrted from. well enough of my rant all i can say is stay away.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: tonynuke on Dec 13, 2005, 07:09
So is it over yet?
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: vikingfan on Dec 14, 2005, 07:28
not sure if its over yet but should be close i left last week and at that time the fuel transfer carriage was broke.They are predicting closing breakers on the 17th
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Apr 11, 2006, 09:52
Haven't been there in a while (87) but had a good time while I was there.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: vikingfan on Apr 11, 2006, 10:32
I was down for the sgrp and head change out. as for my feelings about the plant i felt there was quite a bit of disorganization. jobs were planned, set up then never performed even though such jobs would have save overall outage dose. also some things were not disclosed about several incidents that occured there during the outage. interaction between work groups i would rate 3-4. plant readiness in terms of jobs ready to be performed 1-3. experince of personnel 4. overall job satisfaction -5. chances of most ppl returning.......3
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Apr 12, 2006, 04:57
Just remember the liquor runs on pay day. Life was good....
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Apr 17, 2006, 05:11
Feltners What-a-Burger. One huge burger with a grocery sack of fries. No lie.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: vikingfan on Apr 17, 2006, 05:17
I second my vote for cj's !!!  way better then whataburger but heck thats just my 2 cents worth.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: russysgirl on Apr 26, 2006, 09:41
What is the pay and schedule for auxiliary operator at ANO?
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: tommybenson on Apr 26, 2006, 12:50
What is the pay and schedule for auxiliary operator at ANO?


I would imagine you'll start somewhere between 22 and 25 per hour and the schedule is a 35 day repeating cycle with a 7 consecutive days off stretch in it. You'll never work more than four in a row except for outages.

I am only guessing at what I said. I went by Waterford's numbers. Theyre probably pretty similar to ANO.
Title: ANO Outage
Post by: hockygiant on Sep 27, 2008, 12:32
Hi,
Does anybody know which contracting company handles the I&C Tech personnel for ANO?

Looking for a contact for their upcoming outage.

Thanks,

hockeygiant
Title: New to Nuke
Post by: DingoCyber on Apr 21, 2009, 04:54
Hello,  I am trying to get into the Nuke industry in the Arkansas Nuke 1 plant.  I have a BS in Anthropology and various work experience in manufacturing and maintenance.  Recently I filled out an application for Nuclear Plant Operator.  The job would be very good for me and my household.  What can I expect upon entering into the industry?  Do I need to get some specialized knowledge before, or right after, highering on? 

Currently I am looking through various topics here, this being my first post, to fill in the gaps of my understanding.  I look forward to any response I get and hope they generate more questions I can ask here or elsewhere.

Thanks,
Karl
Title: Re: New to Nuke
Post by: jams723 on Apr 22, 2009, 11:14
Hello,  I am trying to get into the Nuke industry in the Arkansas Nuke 1 plant.  I have a BS in Anthropology and various work experience in manufacturing and maintenance.  Recently I filled out an application for Nuclear Plant Operator.  The job would be very good for me and my household.  What can I expect upon entering into the industry?  Do I need to get some specialized knowledge before, or right after, highering on? 

Currently I am looking through various topics here, this being my first post, to fill in the gaps of my understanding.  I look forward to any response I get and hope they generate more questions I can ask here or elsewhere.

Thanks,
Karl

Karl,

Anthropology, that is a BA correct? I hope you have had some classes in math, physics, chemistry to go with the degree.  If not you may not make it to an interview.  I am not saying this to be mean but to let you know what you are up against.

 I worked in Operations at ANO for almost 15 years, if you make it through the selection process and get a job offer they have a very good training program.

To prepare for the process you should take some practice POSS tests.  Progress Energy has a link and access to practice tests http://www.progress-energy.com/aboutus/employment/eei/index.asp

You can look at PWR generic fundamentals questions (ANO used to give an old generic fundamentals exam during the interview process not as a go not go but just to see what base level of knowledge you have)  on the NRC website http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operator-licensing/generic-fundamentals-examinations/pwr.html

Finally brush up on behavioral interviewing techniques and questions.  Try and use personal examples in all your questions not just well I would do this.. actually talk about a situation and how you handled the issue.

Feel free to email me if you want more information on ANO or Russellville.


Title: Any one work at Arkansas Nuclear One???
Post by: eric_mullins1981 on May 22, 2009, 05:29
I have an interview as an aux operator on Wen. and just wanted some interview tips for that plant.  I have interviewed at Calvert Cliffs so I kinda got a feel for what they might want but just checking!!!  ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Title: Re: Any one work at Arkansas Nuclear One???
Post by: sovbob on May 22, 2009, 11:38
I've got the same interview date.  Looks like I'll see you there.

Good luck!

http://www.nukeworker.com/forum/index.php/topic,18344.0.html (http://www.nukeworker.com/forum/index.php/topic,18344.0.html)
Title: Re: Any one work at Arkansas Nuclear One???
Post by: jams723 on May 22, 2009, 01:42
I have an interview as an aux operator on Wen. and just wanted some interview tips for that plant.  I have interviewed at Calvert Cliffs so I kinda got a feel for what they might want but just checking!!!  ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Good luck, spent 15 years there.  It is a great place to work and full of some good people.

Tips?

Be yourself, do not blow smoke, expect to interview with a panel of Operators not a 1 on 1 interview, should have non-licensed through senior reactor operators on the panel.

Use real life examples to answer their questions, it is ok to use non work related examples if they are relavant to the question such as how you managed a youth softball team ect.

they are (as all sites) big on procedure use and adherence (always use em and never violate them), and safety.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: LOKI RAD on May 26, 2009, 05:01
.......and be thinking about what questions you want to ask them.

There are a couple of internet sites that list somethings you should and shouldn't ask in an interview.

The thing is, after your interview they ask you if you have any questions.

Have some questions, show them you are prepared, that you have put some thought into your potential postion, that you are a prepared and organized person.

It can't hurt you, it might be just what they are looking for. 8)
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: eric_mullins1981 on May 28, 2009, 05:19
So just finished my interview, thought it went well guess i'll know more in a week or two about the position.  For all those taking the poss exam some things you'll need to know is on the Mathmatical concepts and the Tables and Graphs sections just do the best you can.  In a testing group of 22 no one finished these sections that I met and if there are any questions that slow you down pass them for the ones that dont.  You'll probably not finish the test so complete all that you can in the short time available.  It is a pass/fail case based on cutoff criteria that the plant your applying for gives the test grading company.

Good luck to all
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: kibler on Jun 02, 2010, 12:51
Ah yes, Skull Orchard!  Things I learned at skull orchard!

Never ever go exploring while drinking Jose.
Never ever only bring one six pack to the Orchard!
Yes, it is possible to breathe thru your sphincter while dry heaving from Jose.

Cheers!
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: KKibler on Jun 07, 2010, 10:34
:-*[/b
Skull Orchard made working the long hours worthwhile
My start for Road Tech
Started out in the chicken coop on rotating shifts
I had to leave for a year and get experience and the RP Supervisors brought me in as a JR after the exam of course
Time flew by 3.1 RP thanks to ANO RP and Butch Byrd along with one of my favorites John Ellison
Looking at getting back in the business been out years first come back SGR CR3 RP liason for radiography
ANO I would like to go back one more time

K.Kibler(Martin)
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: RCSmith on Jun 12, 2011, 10:39
I see that ANO was getting ready to go into an outage in March 2010, so if I've read information on this site correctly there should be one this fall and that would bring about new NLO and SRO classes. I plan to be on terminal from the Navy at the beginning of November and I would really like to work at ANO (I'm from Arkansas). Can anyone there let me know when the next NLO or SRO classes will start? Thanks in advance for your help.

WOO PIG SOOIE!
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: retired nuke on Mar 31, 2013, 11:59
http://www.couriernews.com/view/full_story/22118383/article--Construction--accident-at-ANO-Sunday-morning?instance=top_news (http://www.couriernews.com/view/full_story/22118383/article--Construction--accident-at-ANO-Sunday-morning?instance=top_news)

http://www.thv11.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=257650 (http://www.thv11.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=257650)

Hearing through the grapevine that this is bad.....
Title: ANO??
Post by: navynukedoc on Mar 31, 2013, 12:09
Anyone know what happened today? I was told a turbine rotor was dropped and resulted in some serious  injuries and damage....... Wanted to find out if anyone I know was there.


-Doc
Title: Re: ANO??
Post by: retired nuke on Mar 31, 2013, 12:21
Hearing several stories - crane failure lifting the generator. LOOP, other unit tripped, etc...
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: fueldryer on Mar 31, 2013, 12:24
Got a call from a friend in Russelville this am.He heard multiple fatalites.Hopefully not true.
Title: Re: ANO??
Post by: navynukedoc on Mar 31, 2013, 12:42
http://www.couriernews.com/view/full_story/22118383/article--Construction--accident-at-ANO-Sunday-morning?instance=viewed


This is the only thing I could find with a "witness report".
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: retired nuke on Mar 31, 2013, 01:51
http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=649872 (http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=649872)

Update - the fatality was a young'un.... dang it...http://www.rivervalleyleader.com/news/local/article_1b313bcc-9a2d-11e2-b966-001a4bcf6878.html (http://www.rivervalleyleader.com/news/local/article_1b313bcc-9a2d-11e2-b966-001a4bcf6878.html)
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Marlin on Mar 31, 2013, 09:49
Here is a little more info from another source, a generator stator fell while being moved out of a turbine building.

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2013/mar/31/equipment-accident-arkansas-nuclear-one/
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: chuckdhuff on Mar 31, 2013, 11:04
That's terrible news. I always worry when something that large is being flown. It doesn't really matter if you are not under the load. With that size just being close can be deadly.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Rennhack on Apr 01, 2013, 06:46
http://www.nukeworker.com/news/facility_template.php?facility_news=Arkansas+Nuclear+Power+Plant+location:AR

At the Start of shift last night I hear one fatality and 3 seriously injured. 
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: roadhp on Apr 01, 2013, 09:15
Can tell you that the Entergy Press Release is fact.  Keep the families in your prayers.  See that we are out of the National news.

http://www.entergy.com/news_room/newsrelease.aspx?NR_ID=2693
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Laundry Man on Apr 01, 2013, 12:09
Just received some pictures.  What a mess.
LM
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: a_fan on Apr 01, 2013, 12:25
I heard they were replacing the main unit stator and the event occurred during rigging out of the old one. What do the pictures indicate?
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: nspunx4 on Apr 01, 2013, 12:42
This is a shame I will keep the employees and families in my thoughts.

As an aside how come the news keeps calling it the "Arkansas NUMBER one plant" can't they even get the name right? To me it is disrespectful to the injured workers and the deceased's family that the reporters and editors can't even bother to get the name of the plant right.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: HeavyD on Apr 01, 2013, 12:49
Also viewed some pics.  Looks like the entire crane assembly collapsed. 

Thoughts and prayers to the family of our fallen comrade and to those who were injured.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Higgs on Apr 01, 2013, 03:10
We also received the pics. Any reason that I can't share them here?

Justin
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Already Gone on Apr 01, 2013, 03:54
A lot of people have pics of that incident.  My advice is to keep them off this site.  Entergy should have some control over what information they release to the public and when.  The possibility - however remote - that someone might post an altered photo here, or that even an unaltered photo could be subject to misinterpretation, could be damaging to Entergy, to NukeWorker, and to other interested and affected parties.
I know we all want to learn from this, but the best time to learn is when the lesson is completely written and fully understood.  I'm guessing that Entergy would probably ask Mike to take down any pictures that get posted here, just as DC Cook did when their turbine wrecked.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Higgs on Apr 01, 2013, 04:33
Roger that.

Justin
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Rennhack on Apr 01, 2013, 04:46
I'm guessing that Entergy would probably ask Mike to take down any pictures that get posted here, just as DC Cook did when their turbine wrecked.

Yup.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: HeavyD on Apr 15, 2013, 11:23
Updated info.

http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=10122 (http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=10122)
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Chimera on Apr 15, 2013, 12:37
Why were they using the temporary crane instead of the house crane?
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: MacGyver on Apr 15, 2013, 12:48
Why were they using the temporary crane instead of the house crane?

Our house Trb Bdlg Crane wouldn't support that weight either.  So we would have to use a Temp Crane as well.

Most house cranes would not be anywhere close to supporting 500 tons.  That's why I believe they used a Temp Crane setup.

Mac
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: chuckdhuff on Apr 15, 2013, 01:10
Same company, same set up was used at another midwestern plant for the same job. Of course you may not of heard of that job, because it was successful.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Laundry Man on Apr 15, 2013, 01:22
Just looking at the crane setup made me wonder if it sturdy enough for the lift. 
LM
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: hoghunter on Apr 15, 2013, 06:28
As all know I have a special interest in this! I am in process of moving to Va, but my heart is AR. I have been waiting to see the names and condition of others who was hurt in the heart breaking accident, being I'm from there I would very much like any update I could receive. I would also like to send my deepest sympathy,  my thoughts are with all who has to endure these unfortunate times. May God bless and be with you
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: spentfuel on Apr 17, 2013, 12:32
The "Bigge" crane is used as implied to handle the excess weight that most in plant cranes can not.  I assume this setup was also used recently at one of the Duke plants for a similar job without issue.  They have also used these cranes for most SGRP's that I am aware of without incident with the exception of I thought I head something about a SG being dropped outside the equipment hatch at Salem (I think).

Point being these people are very experienced with heavy lifts so I would expect some type of equipment failure is associated.

certainly a tragedy

sf
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: chemist on May 03, 2013, 11:04
Is this the appropriate place to ask a question? Hope so!

I'm currently working toward my BS in Chemistry (eventually MS...just taking a while to get there) because ANO is where I want to work. Is this the right degree path? The advisors at UALR weren't very helpful, kinda looked at me like I was mad when I explained what I wanted.

Obviously, potential employment is a ways down the road, I just want to make sure I'm at least headed the right way.

Thanks so much!!
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: HeavyD on Jul 22, 2013, 03:26
http://enformable.com/2013/07/wrongful-death-suit-filed-in-wake-of-fatal-accident-at-arkansas-nuclear-one/ (http://enformable.com/2013/07/wrongful-death-suit-filed-in-wake-of-fatal-accident-at-arkansas-nuclear-one/)

Seems like a point-by-point on how not to accomplish a major evolution.  Bottom line appears to be that this tragedy was 100% avoidable, which is probably what the vast majority of us had already decided on our own.

OSHA still conducting their investigation.
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Redleader on Jul 23, 2013, 06:52
Chemist, I have been in the industry for 30 years and I can tell you a MS in Chemistry will wasted money. What I would do is after the BS I would look for something in Management
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: radmax on Aug 10, 2013, 09:25
Hey ANO, come out and show these guys some love... if you haven't heard, 2 Marine Veteran's walking across America from Camp Pendleton, CA to the Marine Barracks in D.C. to promote the Wounded Warrior Project... pushing thru Clarksville on their way towards you... :)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wounded-Walk/275213155947441?ref=stream

http://m.rivervalleyleader.com/multimedia/youtube_40b6610c-012e-11e3-b06f-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=jqm
Title: Re: ANO (Arkansas Nuclear One)
Post by: Lorrie Henson on Jun 23, 2017, 04:48
How are things at ANO?  Jim hasn't been there for 10 years.  We have sold our house and moving to Arkansas for family reasons... just wondering if pursuing jobs at ANO would be doable at this time.  Thanks for any advise/help.