And what of nuclear reactors after a superstorm?

by Jim Riccio

October 30, 2012

Salem Nuclear Generating Station near Hancocks Bridge on the eastern shore of Delaware Bay

© Greenpeace / Robert Meyers

[caption id="attachment_11832" align="alignleft" width="600" caption="Salem Nuclear Generating Station, New Jersey"][/caption] Several nuclear reactors in New Jersey and New York shutdown as Hurricane Sandy slams into East Coast. The morning after Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern seaboard several nuclear reactors in New Jersey and New York are now shutdown and information on their status is sparse if available at all. Greenpeace has been able to paste together the following from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissions licensee event reports. But as of 11:30 AM there has been no information provided to press or the public by the agency since 9 pm last night. And what has been provided is now outdated and inaccurate. New Jersey: Salem 1 reactor was manually shut down from 100 percent power when it lost circulation in part of the plant due to storm complications caused by high water levels and hurricane debris. Salem 2 reactor was already shut down as was Oyster Creek also in N.J. Oyster Creek declared an unusual event and then an alert due to high water levels at the reactor. New York: Indian Point 3 located just 24 miles north of Manhattan was knocked of line due a disturbance to the electric grid providing power to the plant. But Indian Point 2 is still operating at 100 percent power. Nine Mile Point 1 in upstate New York near Oswego automatically shut down when it could not feed its electricity to the grid. Nine Mile Point 2 lost offsite power due to high winds and emergency diesel generators are providing power to the plant. Pennsylvania: Both Limerick nuclear reactors near Philadelphia have reduced powersignificantly to 48 and 27 percent respectively.
Jim Riccio

By Jim Riccio

Jim Riccio has been Greenpeace’s Nuclear Policy Analyst since 2001 and has over two decades of nuclear activist experience. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe, and has appeared on ABC News, NBC News, Al Jazeera, CNN, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

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