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Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:28 PM

U.S. Exelon Declares Alert at New Jersey Reactor Due to Storm

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Source: Reuters

U.S. Exelon declares alert at New Jersey reactor due to storm

Oct 29 (Reuters) - U.S. power company Exelon Corp on Monday declared an alert at the 615-MW Oyster Creek nuclear power reactor in New Jersey due to rising ocean water from Hurricane Sandy, a spokesman at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

An alert is the second lowest of the NRC's four emergency classifications.

The NRC spokesman said if the flood waters contined to rise, it could affect the reactor's service water pumps, which are used for shut-down cooling and to cool the spent-fuel pool.

Since the plant was already shut for refueling, the NRC spokesman said the company could use water from the fire hose to cool the spent-fuel pool if necessary.

@DavidShuster: US Nuclear commission declaring an "alert" at Oyster Creek plant (NJ) because water is exceeding intake structure. @takeactionnews #TAN

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/storm-sandy-exelon-oystercreek-idUSS7E8LN00320121030

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Reply U.S. Exelon Declares Alert at New Jersey Reactor Due to Storm (Original post)
Hissyspit Oct 2012 OP
tbennett76 Oct 2012 #1
madokie Oct 2012 #2
SparkyOR Oct 2012 #3
ohheckyeah Oct 2012 #12
aint_no_life_nowhere Oct 2012 #4
lonestarnot Oct 2012 #6
aint_no_life_nowhere Oct 2012 #13
lonestarnot Oct 2012 #19
aint_no_life_nowhere Oct 2012 #21
KamaAina Oct 2012 #5
Lone_Star_Dem Oct 2012 #7
PatrynXX Oct 2012 #8
icymist Oct 2012 #14
wtmusic Oct 2012 #16
Kablooie Oct 2012 #9
PatrynXX Oct 2012 #10
SoapBox Oct 2012 #11
MontanaMiddle Oct 2012 #15
wtmusic Oct 2012 #18
AtheistCrusader Oct 2012 #20
Sunlei Oct 2012 #17
Up2Late Oct 2012 #22
Rhiannon12866 Oct 2012 #23

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:29 PM

1. What is the major risk

 

we are looking at?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:32 PM

2. Lets hope they keep this under control

All we need right now is a runaway nuke plant.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:33 PM

3. Maybe you could plug the intake with Christie's fat ass!

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Response to SparkyOR (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:11 AM

12. How old are you? 10?

What a tacky thing to say.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:47 PM

4. Sean Hannity keeping his fingers crossed and praying for a meltdown

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:55 PM

6. Why would you say something like that?

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:13 AM

13. You would question whether Hannity would love to squawk about any potential controversy

and not give a flying fuck how many people die if he can try to bash Obama, whether it's something that could be prevented or not? I for one think he's king of the asses. I remember how quickly and relentlessly Hannity jumped on the BP oil spill to blame Obama, calling it gross negligence and malfeasance by the government for not stopping it right away.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #13)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:46 AM

19. Sorry, I misread your post.

For some reason I thought your post read Sean Penn. Even checked you for an edit. Eyes or brain going off on their own.

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #19)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:52 AM

21. OK - for a moment I thought I was losing my grip on reality

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:54 PM

5. How do you say "Fukushima" in English?

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:55 PM

7. Let's hope it's not Oyster Creek. NT

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

8. that'd be what corners did the Gov let them get away with..

Do'h. knew he should have been running around more..

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:15 AM

14. I believe the English translation is:

We're f#cked!

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:21 AM

16. More people died from coal smoke in Ohio today

than have died from radiation at Fukushima in the last year and a half.

But that's perspective for ya.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:01 AM

9. An NRC Alert is:

Alert - If an alert is declared, events are in process or have occurred which involve an actual or potential substantial degradation in the level of safety of the plant. Any releases of radioactive material from the plant are expected to be limited to a small fraction of the Environmental Protection Agency

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:04 AM

10. yeah and now that we need Fema...

which is connected to homeland security how does that work out for Willard and his anti Fema crap. Oh crap....

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:10 AM

11. Yikes.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:16 AM

15. What is our 'Fukushima' scenario plan?

We never take into account our own possible worst case scenarios and always assume it will only happen elsewhere.

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Response to MontanaMiddle (Reply #15)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:31 AM

18. There is no "worst case scenario".

If there were, we'd be excluding the possibility of something worse than that. An enormous amount of thought is given to weighting the odds of certain occurrences, and creating contingencies to deal with them:

"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."

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/nuclear-plants-sandys-path-brace-storm/story?id=17590194#.UI9Wp4Vc6xo

Ironically, anti-nuclear activists are succeeding enormously at making things more dangerous by:

1) Forcing countries like Germany to rely on burning coal, creating the climate in which megastorms breed
2) Preventing construction of nuclear waste repositories where highly-radioactive nuclear waste could be stored. There is spent nuclear fuel at Oyster Creek which should have been shipped to Nevada ten years ago.

Public ignorance on nuclear issues is astounding.

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Response to MontanaMiddle (Reply #15)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:48 AM

20. What the fuck are you talking about.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:24 AM

17. In future they should plan for a 20 foot storm surge

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 01:19 AM

22. Oh that's not good, but we could have lucked out with this one, it's currently "Off-line"

Whatever that means.

Oyster Creek Generator Offline for Refueling Maintenance

Planned exercise began at midnight

October 22, 2012

The power generator at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station is currently offline as employees perform a planned refueling outage.

Oyster Creek spokeswoman Suzanne D'Ambrosio said the generator was removed from service at midnight in order to complete maintenance and replace nearly one-third of the reactor's fuel.

“During the outage, we'll work as a team to refuel, maintain and upgrade our facility for continued safe and efficient operations through 2019,” said site Vice President Mike Massaro. “Our skilled and highly trained supplemental workers share our commitment to safety and environmental stewardship.”

The testing, maintenance and modifications being conducted can only be performed when Oyster Creek is not generating electricity, D'Ambrosio said in a release.

Oyster Creek is employing more than 1,000 additional workers to complete the maintenance.

http://barnegat-manahawkin.patch.com/articles/oyster-creek-generator-offline-for-refueling-maintenance

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 03:22 AM

23. Locking, sorry, this is a duplicate. Please continue discussion and post updates here:

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