Though nuclear power plants in the US are designed to be extremely safe, we know from our series on EMP and CME events (Extremely Important Aspect About Nuclear Reactors And EMP-CME Events) that they do have a fail point. Let’s hope we don’t have to test how safe they are in a hurricane.
[From ‘Alert’ Declared At New Jersey Nuclear Power Plant – Business Insider – ]
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared an ‘Alert’ action level for a nuclear power plant in Oyster Creek, New Jersey. Here’s the full release from the NRC (emphasis ours): The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is continuing to monitor impacts from Hurricane Sandy on nuclear power plants in the Northeastern United States, including an Alert declared at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey. The plant, currently in a regularly scheduled outage, declared the Alert at approximately 8:45 p.m. EDT due to water exceeding certain high water level criteria in the plants water intake structure. An Alert is the second lowest of four NRC action levels. The Alert was preceded by an Unusual Event, declared at approximately 7 p.m. EDT when the water level first reached a minimum high water level criteria. Water level is rising in the intake structure due to a combination of a rising tide, wind direction and storm surge. It is anticipated water levels will begin to abate within the next several hours.