[ABC] Nuclear Plants in Sandy’s Path Brace for Storm

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The federal government will provide “enhanced oversight” for nine different nuclear power plants in the path of Hurricane Sandy, including Three Mile Island and New York’s Indian Point.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said each plant is overseen by at least two NRC resident inspectors and the agency will have additional inspectors ready to be sent in response to the storm. The NRC is also monitoring the plants from its Incident Response Center in Pennsylvania and its Operations Center at its headquarters in Maryland.

In addition to Indian Point, which is north of New York City, and Three Mile Island, the Pennsylvania plant famous for a partial meltdown in 1979, the facilities receiving the “enhanced oversight” include the Salem, Hope Creek and Oyster Creek nuclear plants in southern New Jersey; Peach Bottom and Susquehanna in Pennsylvania, Calvert Cliffs in Maryland and Millstone in Connecticut.

“Nuclear power plant procedures require that the facilities be shut down prior to any projected hurricane-force winds on-site,” said the NRC.

The agency noted that the plants have emergency diesel generators are available if off-site power is lost during the storm.

“Also, all plants have flood protection above the predicted storm surge,” said the NRC, “and key components and systems are housed in watertight buildings capable of withstanding hurricane-force winds and flooding.”

The Oyster Creek and Salem plants are close to where Sandy is expected to make landfall in Delaware and New Jersey late Monday, but their reactors have already been shut down for maintenance, as has the Susquehanna plant in Pennsylvania.

Jim Steets, the communications director for Entergy, which runs Indian Point, said that while they could experience flooding “greater than historically experienced,” the plant is “still positioned well above that.” Steets said that if conditions change and the storm takes a more threatening turn “such that we need to shut down the plant, we’ll do that.”

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant released radioactivity in March 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami there were followed by a meltdown.




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I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


October 2012