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Posted on 10/29/2012 9:14:06 PM PDT by Kartographer
The nation's oldest nuclear power plant, already out of service for scheduled refueling, was put on alert late Monday after waters from Superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level. Conditions were still safe at and around Oyster Creek, a plant in Lacey Township, N.J., and at all other U.S. nuclear plants, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees plant safety. No plants that had been up and running before the storm were planning to shut down.
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God I hope not.
What’s to prevent a Fukushima in the United States? If it starts to melt down is there any way to stop it? Dou you suppose the politicians even care?
Another atomophobe thread.
It just wouldn’t be FR be without atomophobe threads.
I’m guessing you missed this part: “already out of service for scheduled refueling,”
It’s powered down and non-critical at the moment. No Fukushima possible.
Fukishima accident was made dangerous because the emergency power systems were not protected from the effects of the tsunami.
In the US, the emergency diesel systems will survive the effects of hurricanes, storm surges, etc. Add to the fact that any operating reactors are shutdown and put into “standby” condition before hurricane force winds hit...and the Oyster Creek plant already had the reactor shutdown for planned maintenance.
There are proper ways of managing risks. And if you want complete and absolute safety with zero risk - then shutdown cars, airplanes, trains, etc. ..because they pose more danger to people than nuclear power reactors.
Salem - New Jersey
"Salem Unit 1 was operating at 100% reactor power when a loss of 4 condenser circulators required a manual reactor trip in accordance with station procedures. The cause of the 4 circulators being removed from service was due to a combination of high river level and detritus from Hurricane Sandy's transit. "All control rods inserted. A subsequent loss of the 2 remaining circulators required transition of decay heat removal from condenser steam dumps to the 11-14 MS10s (atmospheric steam dump).
NINE MILE POINT - New York
"On October 29, 2012 at 2100 EDT, Nine Mile Point Unit 2 experienced an automatic initiation of the Division 1 Emergency Diesel Generator due to a loss of line 5. Line 5 is one of the 115KV offsite power sources. Line 5 was lost due to a lightening arrestor falling onto electrical components in the Scriba switchyard during high winds. "During the electrical transient, Nine Mile Point Unit 2 also experienced a feedwater level control lockup, requiring manual control. No Emergency Core Cooling Systems actuated and feedwater level control was returned to automatic. Nine Mile Point Unit 2 remained at 100% power during the loss of line 5.
PEACH BOTTOM - Pennsylvania
"Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Control Room was notified of a loss of greater than 25% of sirens after severe storms in the area associated with Hurricane Sandy. Thirty-one (31) of 97 Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) sirens are currently unavailable in Lancaster, York, Cecil and Harford Counties. Actions are currently being taken to restore unavailable sirens."
INDIAN POINT - New York
"On October 29, 2012, at 2241EDT, the Reactor Protection System automatically actuated at 100% reactor power due to a direct electrical trip to the Unit 3 Main Turbine Generator. The generator trip resulted in a turbine/reactor trip. All control rods fully inserted on the reactor trip. All plant equipment responded normally to the unit trip. This is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). The plant is stable in Mode 3 at this time.
NINE MILE POINT - New York
On October 29, 2012 at 2100 EDT, Nine Mile Point Unit 1 experienced an automatic reactor scram due to a generator load reject. The cause of the load reject is currently under investigation. All control rods fully inserted and all plant systems responded per design following the scram.
OYSTER CREEK - New Jersey
At 1855 EDT on 10/29/2012, the licensee declared a Notice of Unusual Event (NOUE) per criteria HU4 for high water level in the station intake structure of greater than 4.5 feet. At the time of the notification, water level in the intake structure was approximate 4.8 feet and slowly rising. The cause of the increased water level was due to storm surge associated with Hurricane Sandy. No other station impacts were reported at the time. The licensee continues to monitor the intake levels and ocean tides.
And that is just what they are telling us about.