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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:16 AM

Power reduction at Limerick nuke plant was due to less demand, not damage from Sandy

Source: The Mercury (Pottstown PA)

LIMERICK — Hurricane Sandy’s only immediate impact on the region’s nuclear power plant was a sudden decrease in the need for power due to outages, causing the plant to decrease power.

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Other plants shut down for storm-related reasons.

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According to NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan, “Limerick Unit 1 decreased power to about 50 percent, Limerick Unit 2 to about 25 percent due to reduced electrical demand on the grid. This is due to the widespread power outages resulting from the storm.”

He noted that the power outages in just New Jersey alone are as high as 2.5 million, thus illustrating the lower power demands.

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Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20121030/NEWS01/121039918/power-reduction-at-limerick-nuke-plant-was-due-to-less-demand-not-damage-from-sandy#full_story

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:23 AM

1. There once was a nuke plant named Mike

Who didn't want it's power to spike
So he turned it down
Saw faces turn to frown
And then sped away on a trike!










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Who had a very large...

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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:31 AM

2. Reactors should be shut down before a storm like this

If there's a serious accident during a storm like this, people won't be able to evacuate and emergency workers won't be able to get in. That's a completely avoidable disaster. There's enough generation capacity for peak load during the summer when air conditioners are running at full blast, so the electricity from nuclear isn't needed at all.

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Response to bananas (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:00 PM

3. Exactly

I'd like to see the results of a study of how dirty or clean, whichever, nuclear power is, going from the drawing board to completion of its cycle life taking in the mining of the ore and the refining of the fuel compared to a NG plant. I know there is no comparison between coal and nukes. Producing the fuel for a nuclear plant is a dirty process in itself, takes a lot of energy too.

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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 02:55 PM

5. It makes no difference. It literally takes years to fully shut down a nuke plant.

They can shut down their electrical output in seconds, but that stuff stays hot enough to melt for months.

No matter whether they're generating electricity or not, a crew needs to be there keeping the pumps running anyway, so they might as well keep the lights on.

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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:42 PM

4. I live and work minutes from that plant. The reduction was SOP.

Our power never went out.

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