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Tuesday
Oct302012

ALERT: Emergency Declared At Oyster Creek Nuke Plant

This could get ugly in a hurry.  Oyster Creek is the same design, but even older than Fukushima, and acccording to Reuters, just 6 more inches of water will completely submerge the cooling pump.

Nation's oldest nuclear plant on alert

(Reuters) - Exelon Corp declared an "alert" at its New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant due to a record storm surge, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said, warning that a further water rise could force the country's oldest working plant to use emergency water supplies to cool spent uranium fuel rods.

The alert came after water levels at the plant rose by more than 6.5 feet, potentially affecting the pumps that circulate water through the plant, an NRC spokesman said late on Monday.  A further rise to 7 feet could submerge the service water pump motor that is used to cool the water in the spent fuel pool.

From National Geographic:

In the wake of Fukushima, the U.S. nuclear industry has pledged to bring additional backup equipment such as generators, pumps, hoses, and batteries to keep plants operating in case of loss of power or water, but that deployment is still under way.  Some critics have raised concerns about the safety of spent fuel at Oyster Creek and other nuclear plants, noting that the cooling pools where it is stored are not required to have backup power.  Spent fuel rods are still radioactive and continue to generate significant heat for decades.  Without cooling, the pools would boil away, leaving the fuel vulnerable to damage and to causing a radioactive release.  Exelon says it has "numerous, redundant backup cooling systems."

However, as discussed below by nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen, there is NO backup diesel generator for the spent fuel pool at Oyster Creek.

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Massive New Jersey flooding near Oyster Bay:

Water continues to rise in area near New Jersey nuclear plant under flood emergency, as you can see in this report from a hotel lobby in Seaside Heights.

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Don't skip this.  Arne Gunderson discusses Oyster Creek:

Interview runs 5 minutes.  Gunderson on Democracy Now yesterday:

"There is NO backup generator for the spent fuel pool at Oyster Creek."

"The biggest problem, as I see it right now, is the Oyster Creek plant.  Oyster Creek is the same design, but even older than Fukushima Daiichi unit 1.  It’s in a refueling outage.  That means that all the nuclear fuel is not in the nuclear reactor, but it’s over in the spent fuel pool.  And in that condition, there’s no backup power for the spent fuel pools.  So, if Oyster Creek were to lose its offsite power — and, frankly, that’s really likely — there would be no way cool that nuclear fuel that’s in the fuel pool until they get the power reestablished.  The most important lesson we can take out of the Fukushima Daiichi incident, especially with Hurricane Sandy, is that we can’t expect to cool these fueling pools."

 

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Photos: One of America’s ‘Most Extensively Contaminated Water Bodies’ Is Flooding

http://observer.com/2012/10/gowanus-canal-flooding/

This could get ugly.

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Gangs Plan Hurricane Looting Spree Via Twitter

http://www.infowars.com/gangs-plan-hurricane-looting-spree-via-twitter/
Oct 30, 2012 at 6:34 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Oct 30, 2012 at 6:35 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
NYU Langone Medical Center Evacuated

About 215 patients are being transferred out of NYU's Langone Medical Center after their backup generator failed in the midst of a power outage

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NYU-Langone-Medical-Center-Power-Outage-Sandy-Storm-Flooding-176363461.html
Oct 30, 2012 at 6:35 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
National Weather Service Enhanced Radar Image Loop

Dover Air Force Base, DE Radar

http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/radar.php?rid=DOX&product=N0S&overlay=11101111&loop=yes
Oct 30, 2012 at 6:36 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Oct 30, 2012 at 6:49 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Update from Reuters at 3 am:

Fire suppression system may need to be used to cool spent rods if further water rise-NRC

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/storm-sandy-exelon-oystercreek-idUSL3E8LU1S120121030
Oct 30, 2012 at 7:08 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
[Exelon spokesman David Tillman] said another Exelon reactor at the Limerick facility in Pennsylvania was reduced to 91 percent power after Sandy caused a problem with the condenser.

http://enenews.com/more-nuclear-plants-affected-nys-indian-point-reactor-shut-down-storm-causes-problem-with-condenser-at-pennsylvania-plant
Oct 30, 2012 at 7:08 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
New York's Indian Point nuclear power plant partly shut down as superstorm Sandy hit

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57542293/nj-nuclear-plant-on-alert-from-rising-waters/
Oct 30, 2012 at 7:09 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Crap, no doubt another cost savings.
Oct 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Fuel Pool Crisis Narrowly Averted at Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/storm-sandy-exelon-oystercreek-idUSL3E8LU1S120121030
Oct 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
In the wake of Fukushima, the U.S. nuclear industry has pledged to bring additional backup equipment such as generators, pumps, hoses, and batteries to keep plants operating in case of loss of power or water, but that deployment is still under way.
Jct: Efforts to organize the funding are still underway! Har har har. Gundersen says it could al be buried in 3 years but humanity hasn't figured out how to use the poker chips to pay for the clean-up yet. Har har har. At least it's closer to home. Hey, look at the silver lining. If an American fuel dump explodes, they won't be able to bring war onto anybody else ever again!
Oct 30, 2012 at 6:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterKingofthePaupers

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