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Facility & Company Information => Region III (Mid West) => Duane Arnold => Topic started by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 07:44

Title: Duane Arnold
Post by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 07:44
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Title: Duane Arnold
Post by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 09:25
Talk About: Duane Arnold
Title: Duane Arnold Contracts
Post by: Rennhack on Dec 04, 2002, 05:32
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Title: Re: Talk About: Duane Arnold
Post by: kpayne on Feb 08, 2003, 02:34
I see the nuclear plant from my house across a corn field. There isn't any smoke (steam?) coming from the site today.  How come?  
Title: Re: Talk About: Duane Arnold
Post by: Nuclear NASCAR on Feb 08, 2003, 05:16
I don't know why they're shut down but the NRC site shows them at 0% power. http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/reactor-status/ps.html
Title: Re: Talk About: Duane Arnold
Post by: JJordan on Feb 08, 2003, 05:26
One of the best run facilities I've ever had the pleasure of working! Big disadvantage of being a house tech, never getting to return to some of the sites that you enjoyed! :'(
JJ
Title: Re: Talk About: Duane Arnold
Post by: OriginalRemball on Mar 27, 2003, 10:58
One of the best Boilers you could ever work at.  House people always treated me great and you can eat some of the best steaks ever in the area.
Title: Re: Talk About: Duane Arnold
Post by: ExposedOne on Jun 09, 2003, 08:00
This place is stuck in the 80's.  Yes the house folks are great but the nuclear workers virtually tell the RP's what they are wearing and for how long.  The utility has lost any control they have over the union workers
Title: Re: Talk About: Duane Arnold
Post by: Shrekster on Jun 12, 2003, 03:03
RPM not technically savvy and run by NMC--- big negative.
Title: Re: Talk About: Duane Arnold
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Jun 12, 2003, 11:18
Liked the people and the area, BUT they were WAY understaffed last outage...
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: ratpack on Mar 20, 2004, 02:05
Voluntary seperation packages have been handed out for the second time in 15 months.  These have mainly targeted the bargining unit.  Duane Arnold is not the only NMC site that will have to deal with this problem.  Just a word of warning if looking to work for NMC run site.  If number is not reached they will follow the terms of the contract (you can figure that out).
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: allforthenukie on Apr 28, 2005, 11:55
What's happening at Duane Arnold? Been hearing rumors this morning. So what's the real deal over there?
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: evil-leprachaun on May 01, 2005, 06:15
I heard that some articles were found inside one of the systems. The word sabotage was mentioned and the NPS, maintenance Contractor, was run off site.

Can anyone confirm?

 ???
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: kwicslvr on May 03, 2005, 03:43
Any word on the sale of the plant?
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Cathy on May 03, 2005, 04:47
Just left there and I think that it is still up in the air. No one I talked to there seemed to know more than they were being sold. I do believe that most will be happy to part ways with NMC.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: HydroDave63 on Jul 06, 2005, 08:14
From the NRC website:

Headquarters Daily Report
REGION III
 
REGION III
Duane Arnold Energy Center Purchase by Florida Power & Light (FPL) Group
Licensee/Facility:

NUCLEAR MANAGEMENT CO., LLC
Duane Arnold
PALO, Iowa
Dockets: 05000331
[1] GE-4
License No:  Notification:

MR Number: 3-2005-0014
Date: 07/04/2005

Licensee informed Res.Ins 

Discussion:
The Florida Power & Light (FPL) Group will publicly announce an agreement for FPL Energy, the FPL Group's wholesale energy generating subsidiary, to purchase Alliant Energy's 70 percent majority interest in the Duane Arnold Energy Center. Additionally the FPL Group will retain all non-bargaining unit employees at Duane Arnold with comparable wages and benefit for 18 months following the close of the sale, and honor all labor agreements for the bargaining unit employees. The closure of the sale is expected to occur in early 2006.

Regional Action: Information Only.
Accession Numbers:
Accession No Accession Date
ML051860173 07/05/2005

Contacts:
Name Office Abbrev Phone No E-Mail
BAKER, RANDAL D R3 (319) 851-5111 RDB@nrc.gov
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: sofar on Jul 07, 2005, 11:12
I heard from an insider that when the announcement was made everyone clapped and cheered. I'd say they're definately glad to be getting out of the NMC  :)
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: dawnlee on Jul 27, 2005, 10:40
I live right by the plant..I heard during the outage that alot of those working were fired and they had to rehire to finish .  Not sure how true that is, I heard it at the local tavern( Brogans)
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Cathy on Jul 27, 2005, 04:58
They walked the pipefitters offsite. They brought in WSI to finish the outage. I heard lots of rumors as to why, so I am not sure what the reason really was.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: hubronis on Jan 19, 2006, 01:23
I am an ex Navy nuc in iowa trying to get my foot in the door.  I am 17 creds away from BS in Nuc Tech and Iwork as a project manager now.  Any suggestions other than NMC site?  I know it is hard to get your foot in the door, but I am qualified and like the nuke work. 
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Apr 12, 2006, 08:20
All the bars were downtown Cedar Rapids. Consequently more DUIs per capita than anywhere in the country in 1985.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Apr 14, 2006, 12:25
A good place to work. Lots of things to do in Cedar Rapids.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: arizonie on Aug 22, 2006, 03:38
i was at daec last outage.(last under nmc ownership)

very small hp staff but great house techs and supervisors .(you will keep busy)

john ,clark and denny supported the roadtechs and did things right.

fpl group now owns daec , i don't know how this will effect things.

clean / not too expensive lodging nearby.

payrates at or above avg.

i will consider returning if pay is right.



Title: 1st Outage (Duane Arnold)
Post by: 58er on Dec 08, 2006, 03:33
I may have the chance to work the Duane Arnold outage in February.  From the what I was told by the local union hall, they would be sending guys out starting 15 January.  I have a pretty good idea the criterias that need to be met as far as security and I do not foresee that to be an issue for me personally.  I just wonder how long the union workers are there for? Until the outage work is complete? 30 days?  Do I need to make arangements now for a place to stay? I was also told they would be working 6'10s in the beginning and up to 7'12 once the outage work begins.  Any info would be great
Title: Re: 1st Outage (Duane Arnold)
Post by: Roll Tide on Dec 08, 2006, 03:50
Welcome to Nukeworker!

I have worked for the parent company, but not for that site. The schedule varies quite a bit by trade. What's yours?
Title: Re: 1st Outage (Duane Arnold)
Post by: 58er on Dec 08, 2006, 03:52
Electrician
Title: Re: 1st Outage (Duane Arnold)
Post by: Roll Tide on Dec 08, 2006, 04:46
I would guesstimate working 40 hours the first week (GET/RCAT). If you come in with the first wave, you could work a week of 5 or 6 10s. After that, it will likely be 7-10's or 7-12's (which requires a waiver of the 72 hour in 7 day limit).

I haven't worked as an electrician, but that should be close.
Title: who has the HP contract at Duane Arnold
Post by: Florida Boy on Dec 27, 2006, 09:38
Who has the HP contract at Duane Arnold and how do you reach them.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold Contracts
Post by: retired nuke on Dec 28, 2006, 04:41
A quick check of the websites for the 2 major HP contract companies will tell you the answer.  ;)
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Lorrie Henson on Jan 19, 2007, 09:29
Hey there cinci....

Whomever you contact, tell them you are working at the plant, the will give you a discount.  We are paying $60 a night at the Hawthorne.  Last outage, we stayed at Baymont Inn for about $48 a night, but they don't have the full kitchens, only a fridge and microwave.  Since we travel with 2 babies now, we couldn't go that route.  The Residence Inn by Marriot gave me a quote of $60 also, and I believe they also have the full kitchens, but they are a totally smoke-free hotel, so that didn't work for us, but it may for you.  Those are the only ones that I have first-hand knowledge about.  But I'm sure if you call any of them and tell them that you are working at the plant, they will give you a good discount, especially if you will be there long term.  Ask them for a weekly rate and also a monthly rate.  Sometimes they will give you an even bigger discount if they know you are staying more than 30 days.

Hope this helps!!

Good luck,
Lorrie
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Jan 20, 2007, 10:46
i was at daec last outage.(last under nmc ownership)

very small hp staff but great house techs and supervisors .(you will keep busy)

john ,clark and denny supported the roadtechs and did things right.

fpl group now owns daec , i don't know how this will effect things.

clean / not too expensive lodging nearby.

payrates at or above avg.

i will consider returning if pay is right.




How are things under the new ownership?
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: iamarine on Jan 25, 2007, 05:16
It is too early to tell how we are doing under the new ownership.  Ask again about July/August when FPL will really start pushing their influence out here.  When they bought us, they said they weren't going to make any major changes in how we did things for 18 months.  Those 18 months are up this summer.  So we'll see!  So far, they've thrown us money to build new sidewalks around the plant, built a new Maintenance Facilities building and a new parking lot.  They also just installed new bus-stops (3 inside the protected area and a couple outside the PA).  These are actually smoker huts, but as of yet, we aren't required to smoke only inside the bus-stops but that is coming VERY soon. 

We are a week or so from the start of RFO-20.  Things are really beginning to jump, especially come next week during the final week of ramp-up.  I hope all the contractors who have come, or are coming, enjoy themselves and have a good experience.

iamarine
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Cathy on Feb 03, 2007, 07:26
It was 'bring your dog to work day' at Duane Arnold yesterday.
That would be "bring your local police department drug dog to work day" at Duane Arnold. I have to say that this is the first time I have seen drug dogs in a nuke.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Oly on Feb 03, 2007, 02:06
Must be fallout from the "controlled substance found inside the protected area" that was posted in yesterday's event report.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: ShovelHeadRed on Feb 03, 2007, 11:05
...better check your stash .."spanky"...it wasnt mine, didnt go in the protected area, Thursday.....FP&L did take over last month, might be from one of those "100$ Cheeseburgers" from the Roach Coach at Turkey Point...I have noticed alot of Spanglish being spoken around Cedar Rapids............red
Title: Re: 1st Outage (Duane Arnold)
Post by: Wonderful on Feb 15, 2007, 05:49
Dude, when will  the refueling outage be over?
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: vikingfan on Feb 17, 2007, 12:17
check with the occ they'll tell you when its over !!!!!
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: evil-leprachaun on Feb 23, 2007, 08:28
How's FPL treating you folks down there?

This week brings an FPL entourage to the Beach. They have a four man transition team here since January and they act like the own the facilty allready.   
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: ShovelHeadRed on Feb 23, 2007, 08:51
...they do already own the facility...
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Feb 23, 2007, 09:26
Welcome to FPL!
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: ShovelHeadRed on Feb 24, 2007, 08:54
...1930..02/24/2007...D.A.E.C. all work stopped due to weather....last time I was in the Drywell the sunroof was shut....did I miss something.....
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Feb 25, 2007, 09:29
...1930..02/24/2007...D.A.E.C. all work stopped due to weather....last time I was in the Drywell the sunroof was shut....did I miss something.....
Good weather, bad weather, wind? Have you been out yet? Spanky
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: ShovelHeadRed on Feb 26, 2007, 12:55
..power lines were snapping due to ice....hadda keep that NUKLAR fule kool......am I starting to talk like a certain Pennsylvania RP.....when I quit sayin "Yall"..and start sayin "Youns"...you will know I have been north of Dixie tooo long.....red
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Feb 26, 2007, 09:42
Give me a Rebel yell. You'll be alright.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Wonderful on Mar 16, 2007, 10:42
When will the Duane Arnold unit come back on line? This refueling outage is so long................
Title: Duane Arnold
Post by: Neutron234 on Jan 14, 2008, 01:58
I have been doing some searches on the boards and haven't been able to find any recent info on Duane Arnold.

With that said, I have a few questions regarding operations.

1) How long does it typically take to get into a license class there? RO? Instant SRO?

2) Does FPL's recent acquisition mean that the operating license is going to be extended beyond 2014?

3) What is the work enviroment for operations like at D.A. under FPL's ownership. I have found info on this topic previously, but it is almost a year old, so I thought an update would be informative to myself and others that may be curious.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Cathy on Jun 13, 2008, 09:37
I have been following the flooding in Cedar Rapids on the news. It looks like the plant declared an unusual event due to partial loss of response and communications capability.
My heart goes out to the people in Cedar Rapids dealing with the flooding. I hope everyone there stays safe and dry.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: retired nuke on Jun 13, 2008, 01:15
I have been following the flooding in Cedar Rapids on the news. It looks like the plant declared an unusual event due to partial loss of response and communications capability.
My heart goes out to the people in Cedar Rapids dealing with the flooding. I hope everyone there stays safe and dry.
Not all are safe and dry - I know some that have been evacuated, and have heard that one house was on the news with a picture of a boat tied up in the front yard. Many there will need help recovering after the waters go down. It will take all summer to get things stabilized in some parts of town, if not longer. Unlike Katrina, I'm not sure the gov't will be stepping in as much.

If you have some spare money, contact local charities there. If you are off for the summer, maybe a week or two road trip to help cleanup would be rewarding. If you believe in God, prayers would be in order.

Since most of us in commercial nuclear power have been to the plants along the rivers and lakes, we can all probably imagine similar circumstances in our areas. The weather is a funny thing, and can affect many people in many ways.

Never worked at DAEC, but through curious circumstances, I know a few folks there. It's a beautiful area, full of wonderful people. I hope that the area can recover quickly, in the usual midwestern sturdy fashion. They don't call it the heartland for nothin'....
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: nickscott13 on Jun 16, 2008, 01:10
The flood has been a disaster.  DAEC is still running at 100% but they were taking precautions if the water had gotten any higher.  to put it in perspective, 93 was a bad flood for the cedar river, 19.3 ft.  the other day the river in cedar rapids crest at 31.12 ft.  hundreds of homes and businesses in the downtown area have been destroyed.  this was also into if not beyond the 500 year flood plain, which most people in that 500 year flood plain didnt have flood insurance, for its only required in the 100 year flood plain.  i heard a stat today that said something like only 30% of those that lost thier home or business had flood insurance.  the hall for IBEW 204, which is DAEC's union, was completely underwater.  for a while we didnt think we would even have drinking water, but now we are back up to 50% capacity.  its been a terrible couple of days, luckily i live on the north side of cedar rapids by hiawatha and i was not affected.  but for those of you that have worked at DAEC, the entire town of palo was flooded, and I mean every single home and business.  for 3 days, palo was completely shut off from the world, every road leading into town was flooded.  I took some pics to give you guys an idea.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24/nickscott13/NicksPics169.jpg)
the north side of quaker oats in downtown CR.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24/nickscott13/NicksPics170.jpg)
southside of quaker

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24/nickscott13/NicksPics172.jpg)
1st ave SW, this picture is taken from the 380 bridge.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24/nickscott13/NicksPics173.jpg)
SW side

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24/nickscott13/NicksPics178.jpg)
this was taken from edgewood road, just South of the cedar river, we are sandbagging to save the last running well house that pumps water to the treatment plant.  when we got there, we there were only 6 of us.  1/2 hour later there was 30 of us, 1/2 after that, there were 2000!  not to mention we did save the well house.  if that went, CR wouldnt have had any drinking water.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24/nickscott13/NicksPics179.jpg)
another picture of the people sandbagging to save the well house.  it was quite remarkable to see the amount of people come out.  if KCRG had not broadcast that we were in dyer need of help, we would have lost that well house for sure.

As of right now, the water is steadily receeding. they say it should be a week before its back in its banks, and as of right now, it looks like the weather will be cooperating with us.

Nick Scott
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: rabbit on Jun 19, 2008, 09:47
Hey Nick,

Thanks for the pics.  If you know the city, you know the angle from which these pics were taken. 

I've been trying to get a look at my mom's house from the newscasts on the web but was never lucky enough.  She lives in an area that was "hardest hit" by the flooding.  As of tonight, she still hasn't been back in the house and even if she did get to go, it would not be a great thing.  Water filled the first floor of her home.  She is not allowed to enter her home until it has been inspected but she did get to eyeball it from the outside.  The things that you think would wash away didn't, the boat is at the end of the driveway, the back steps are gone, but the front steps remain.  It amazes me that only 4 weeks ago I was there for my son's graduation.  It will be the last time I see the familiar objects from her home.  Furniture and appliances are a loss, knicknacks are damaged, pictures left on the walls (because the water wasn't supposed to get that high) are either lost forever or maybe someone has a copy to give her.  You just never know what to take and what to leave.

As if losing her home wasn't enough, she was also out of work.  Her company has just secured a location on the southwest side of town so they can get productive again.  She works in the downtown area and it was flooded also.  It may be months before they move back into their building.  Her bosses have been very caring to all those that were affected by the flooding.  Teams have been established to help with clean-up efforts amongst co-workers.  I must say I am impressed with the level of compassion the company is showing its workers.  I don't know of any bigwig taking the time to track down an employees cell phone number just to find out if that worker needed anything and how they were holding up.  My mom had just that happen last Sunday.

If you want to see some videos of the flooding, you can go to www.kcrg.com for a few.  Most are on Iowa City but there are a couple of CR.  For donations, I can't remember if there was a link on KCRG but at www.corridorrecovery.com there is an area where you can donate if you want.

It is slow going for the recovery, but in time they will be back stronger than ever.  They really do have a sense of community out there.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: nickscott13 on Jun 20, 2008, 07:14
i found this web site that has some spectacular photos of the flood.

http://www.andrealynnphoto.com/CRflood2008/
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Cathy on Jun 20, 2008, 07:38
i found this web site that has some spectacular photos of the flood.

http://www.andrealynnphoto.com/CRflood2008/
Check out photo 66/69, looks like the water got a little close to the plant!
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Jun 21, 2008, 04:17
Great photos of a sad situation. I'm in St Louis now and its not this bad but still a difficult time for some. My prayers to the uprooted families.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: dawnlee on Jun 22, 2008, 10:21
Hello everyone.  This is Dawn Van DOrston (feddern) , DOn Feddern's daughter I live in the town of Palo, there is not a house that didnt have water somewhere in it.  My house had 6 feet of water in it.  I am still in shock and can't beleive this happend.  My brother Bret Feddern has designed a website and it is very informational and there are some pictures of Palo on there.  www.saveiowa.org   check it out.  My house is in his slide show, it's the one with the lawn chair and fishing pole on the roof (we tried to look on the bright side). 

The town of Palo now looks like a bomb has hit it, people are having to gut down to the frame in order to clean it up. 


Thanks to those that have emailed or called.  My family is safe, we are now in the process of figuring out what to do next?  We need to tear down our house and start all over.  It will be a slow process.

Lots of Love to everyone

Dawn
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: NukeNTO on Oct 22, 2008, 05:02
This thread has been dead for a while, but I figured between post flood and being under FPL for a while now someone might have something interesting to post.  Any big changes?
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: nickscott13 on Jul 23, 2010, 01:36
Just a heads up for techs that are coming into town for the fall outage.  Cedar Rapids has now implemented red light cameras as well as speeding cameras.  They will take a picture of your car if you run a red light or are speeding.  They send the ticket to the registered owner.  as of now, there are cameras at these intersections:

- First Avenue East at 10th Street

- Second Avenue and 10th Street SE

- First Avenue and L Street SW

- Second Avenue and Third Street SW

- Second Avenue and Sixth Street SW

- Edgewood Road and 42nd Street NE

- Center Point Road and Collins Road NE

also, there is currently a speed camera on Interstate 380 for the northbound lanes.  It is as the Diagnol drive exit.  They are putting cameras in for southbound lanes at the H Ave exit.  If you do 5 over you wont get a ticket, but anything over that you probably will.  Just wanted to keep some money in your guys pocket!

Nick
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: klsas on Jul 23, 2010, 01:48
Have they got them set to read both front and back? Some of lucky people only have a rear tag. If it is front only, they would have a hard time sending me a ticket. Surely they thought about this when installing the system.

Keith
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: nickscott13 on Aug 16, 2010, 12:54
I know the cameras on the interstate take pics of your rear tag, i am not sure about the red light cameras at stop lights.
Title: Re: Duane Arnold
Post by: NHSparky on Aug 29, 2010, 08:16
I know the cameras on the interstate take pics of your rear tag, i am not sure about the red light cameras at stop lights.

Red lights usually get front/back and driver.