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Sandy “appears to have shifted” islands near NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant — Surge smashed through homes close by — Feds begin special inspection at facility

Title: NRC BEGINS SPECIAL INSPECTION AT OYSTER CREEK NUCLEAR PLANT TO REVIEW ISSUES AT SITE DURING HURRICANE SANDY Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Date: Nov. 13, 2012

[...] As water rose in the plant’s water intake structure on Oct. 29, operators declared an “Unusual Event” [...] at 6:55 p.m. when the level topped 4.5 feet . . . → Read More: Sandy “appears to have shifted” islands near NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant — Surge smashed through homes close by — Feds begin special inspection at facility

NRC Report: New York nuclear plant entered emergency plan because it couldn’t extinguish fire — FEMA, DHS were notified — Fukushima-type reactor

Follow-up to: Fire at New York nuclear plant burns for hours — Outside firefighters called in to help — Reactor goes into shutdown

Title: Current Event Notification Report Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Date: Nov. 13, 2012 h/t timemachine2020

Facility: FITZPATRICK Region: 1 State: NY Notification Date: 11/11/2012 Notification Time: 06:08 [ET] Event Time: 03:55 . . . → Read More: NRC Report: New York nuclear plant entered emergency plan because it couldn’t extinguish fire — FEMA, DHS were notified — Fukushima-type reactor

Newspaper: FEMA tells residents to stop giving out supplies after Hurricane Sandy — “Latest word from FEMA to Island: Stop”

Readers living near a nuclear facility may find this news of interest, as it appears FEMA would play a major role in the response to a large-scale nuclear incident.

Title: Latest word from FEMA to Island: Stop Source: Shelter Island Reporter Author: Julie Lane Date: Nov. 12, 2012

Televised and published pictures plus . . . → Read More: Newspaper: FEMA tells residents to stop giving out supplies after Hurricane Sandy — “Latest word from FEMA to Island: Stop”

Fire at New York nuclear plant burns for hours — Outside firefighters called in to help — Reactor goes into shutdown

>>>UPDATE HERE: NRC Report: New York nuclear plant entered emergency plan because it couldn’t extinguish fire — FEMA, DHS were notified — Fukushima-type reactor <<<

Title: FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Oswego County shuts down during fire Source: The Post-Standard Author: Tim Knauss Date: Nov 11, 2012 updated Nov 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Update: The . . . → Read More: Fire at New York nuclear plant burns for hours — Outside firefighters called in to help — Reactor goes into shutdown

Gundersen: Cracks found in reactor at NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant (AUDIO)

Fairewinds Podcast, Nov. 11, 2012:

Starts at 11:30 in

Host Kevin Hurley: The NRC is reporting that the NRC has a cracked reactor head. [...]

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: We probably won’t hear for months about how deep the crack was. [...]

A company announced on the web [...] “help make . . . → Read More: Gundersen: Cracks found in reactor at NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant (AUDIO)

Time: Conditions at 3 US reactors from Hurricane Sandy were similar to what caused Fukushima disaster

Title: Nuclear Power and Natural Disasters: Lessons from Fukushima and SandySource: TIME.comAuthor: Lucy BirminghamDate: Nov. 07, 2012

Superstorm Sandy’s unexpected wrath makes a powerful case for revisiting Fukushima and the dangers to nuclear energy from natural disasters. As Sandy made landfall on Atlantic City, Oyster Creek nuclear power plant nearby was fortunately on a . . . → Read More: Time: Conditions at 3 US reactors from Hurricane Sandy were similar to what caused Fukushima disaster

Update: Emergency shutdown after water level inside NY reactor dropped — NRC: Cause unknown; Recovery procedures in effect

Title: Event Notification Report Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Date: Nov. 5, 2012

AUTOMATIC SCRAM ON LOW REACTOR WATER LEVEL

“On November 3, 2012 at 0823 EDT, Nine Mile Point Unit 1 experienced an automatic reactor scram on low reactor water level. All control rods fully inserted and all plant systems responded per design following . . . → Read More: Update: Emergency shutdown after water level inside NY reactor dropped — NRC: Cause unknown; Recovery procedures in effect

TV: Problem during reactor restart process at New York nuclear plant damaged by Sandy

Title: Nuclear industry studies Sandy’s impact on several reactors Source: YNN (Syracuse) Author: Candace Hopkins Date: 11/05/2012 08:38 PM

As Sandy barreled towards the northeast last week, staff at several nuclear plants were on high alert.

[...]

At Nine Mile, workers prepared the plants for high winds or power outages and extra manpower was . . . → Read More: TV: Problem during reactor restart process at New York nuclear plant damaged by Sandy

Coast Guard: Incredible damage from NY/NJ oil spill; ‘Grab bag’ of contaminants also suspected — ABC: Acrid stench of petroleum in air (VIDEO)

Source: ABC News Date: Nov. 4, 2012

Superstorm Sandy, in all of its might, caused 350,000 gallons of fuel to spill into the Arthur Kill, a canal that separates New Jersey from the Staten Island section of New York. [...]

“As we got closer to the nascence of the spill, could clearly see the . . . → Read More: Coast Guard: Incredible damage from NY/NJ oil spill; ‘Grab bag’ of contaminants also suspected — ABC: Acrid stench of petroleum in air (VIDEO)

Gundersen: Nuclear fuel pool started to heat up at New Jersey plant due to Sandy — They were bringing in fire pumps because of all the problems (AUDIO)

Fairewinds Podcast, Nov. 4, 2012:

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: The NRC is not really telling too, too much […]

There’s something called a PNO out, a preliminary notice of occurrence, and the NRC has said that the normal shutdown cooling and the fuel pool cooling were both lost at Oyster Creek . . . → Read More: Gundersen: Nuclear fuel pool started to heat up at New Jersey plant due to Sandy — They were bringing in fire pumps because of all the problems (AUDIO)

No timeline for restarting New Jersey nuclear reactor after high wave took out 5 of 6 water intake pumps during Sandy

Title: No timeline for full power at New Jersey nuclear reactor Source: Reuters Date: Nov 3, 2012

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc’s provided no timeline for its Salem 1 nuclear plant to fully start-up after it shut down from superstorm Sandy.

PSEG had not yet connected the plant to the regional grid, but “grid . . . → Read More: No timeline for restarting New Jersey nuclear reactor after high wave took out 5 of 6 water intake pumps during Sandy

Nuclear Engineer: NJ’s Oyster Creek plant was two classification levels from a Fukushima event — People had to be brought in during Sandy to take command of emergency center… That actually happened (AUDIO)

Interview with Nuclear Engineer Chris Harris Nutrimedical Report Nov. 1, 2012

Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer: [New Jersey's Oyster Creek nuclear plant] lost power and had to declare the alert, that’s a high one. The next two steps would be a site area emergency and then a general emergency, . . . → Read More: Nuclear Engineer: NJ’s Oyster Creek plant was two classification levels from a Fukushima event — People had to be brought in during Sandy to take command of emergency center… That actually happened (AUDIO)

NRC: Spent fuel pool cooling lost at NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant during Hurricane Sandy

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (h/t Anonymous tip):

On October 29, 2012, Oyster Creek declared a Notice of Unusual Event followed by an Alert due to high water levels in the intake structure. Elevated intake structure water levels are of concern as excessive levels can flood certain plant components and render normal cooling systems inoperable. . . . → Read More: NRC: Spent fuel pool cooling lost at NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant during Hurricane Sandy

Gas fires still burning 10 miles from NJ nuclear plant after Sandy — Official: Devastation to system can’t be seen from the air… It’s beyond imagination (PHOTOS)

Title: New Jersey Natural Gas to snuff gas fires on barrier islands Source: The Star-Ledger Author: Seth Augenstein Date: November 01, 2012 at 2:27 PM

The natural gas fires that have burned for days along the ravaged barrier islands, spanning from Bay Head south to Seaside Park [10 miles north of Oyster Creek Nuclear . . . → Read More: Gas fires still burning 10 miles from NJ nuclear plant after Sandy — Official: Devastation to system can’t be seen from the air… It’s beyond imagination (PHOTOS)

Report: Wave took out 5 of 6 critical pumps that cool reactor at NJ’s Salem nuke plant — Still operating on emergency cooling — NRC yet to inform public — At 100% power when Sandy hit

Title: Salem Nuclear Plant Still Offline, Broken Water Pumps Source: SimplyInfo Date: Nov. 1, 2012 h/t Anonymous tip

We reported last night that the Salem nuclear plant didn’t just suffer water intakes clogged with debris from Hurricane Sandy but a wave also took out 5 of the 6 critical water pumps. These pumps pull . . . → Read More: Report: Wave took out 5 of 6 critical pumps that cool reactor at NJ’s Salem nuke plant — Still operating on emergency cooling — NRC yet to inform public — At 100% power when Sandy hit

Town next to NJ nuclear plant submerged in flood waters — Mayor: It took a tremendous hit (AERIAL PHOTO)

Title: In Barnegat, Waretown ‘Bayfront Took a Tremendous Hit’ Source: NJ Patch Author: Colleen Platt Date: Oct 31, 2012

In Barnegat, Waretown ‘Bayfront Took a Tremendous Hit’ [...]

[Barnegat Township Mayor Al Cirulli] said “the bayfront took a tremendous hit. There is so much debris, we have to wait for the water to recede . . . → Read More: Town next to NJ nuclear plant submerged in flood waters — Mayor: It took a tremendous hit (AERIAL PHOTO)

Incredible devastation seen near NJ nuclear plant in new aerial footage from Air Force (VIDEO)

Air Force 108th Wing:

Aerial view of the New Jersey coastline near Seaside Heights from a 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter following Hurricane Sandy Oct. 30, 2012. U.S. Air Force video by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen.

Red Marker: Oyster Creek nuclear plant; Green Marker: . . . → Read More: Incredible devastation seen near NJ nuclear plant in new aerial footage from Air Force (VIDEO)

ABC 10 miles from NJ nuke plant: We can hear gas lines hissing — Fire dept. says one spark and town could blow (VIDEO)

>>> Follow-up to: Officials: Gas main explosion in NJ town suspected — Flames shooting up from sand, huge fire — 15 miles from nuclear plant — Crews unable to access area (VIDEO) <<<

ABC’s Good Morning America, Oct. 31, 2012

Anchor: Nightline’s Terry Moran is there this morning with the latest on the scene from . . . → Read More: ABC 10 miles from NJ nuke plant: We can hear gas lines hissing — Fire dept. says one spark and town could blow (VIDEO)

Flood waters receeding at NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant, alert ends — Cause of power loss being investigated

Title: Company Ends ‘Alert’ Issued at Oyster Creek During SuperstormSource: Fox BusinessAuthor: Ryan TracyDate: October 31, 2012

Waters have receded at Exelon Corp.’s (EXC) Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey, the company said Wednesday.

[...] The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires the company to issue an alert when flood waters rise to . . . → Read More: Flood waters receeding at NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant, alert ends — Cause of power loss being investigated

Officials: Gas main explosion in NJ town suspected — Flames shooting up from sand, huge fire — 15 miles from nuclear plant — Crews unable to access area (VIDEO)

WABC, Oct. 31, 2012 at 7:05a ET:

A huge fire was burning Wednesday morning in a New Jersey shore town that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

Flames were burning all over the cut-off barrier island of Mantoloking. There was a large cluster of flames and smaller fires spread out from it, with . . . → Read More: Officials: Gas main explosion in NJ town suspected — Flames shooting up from sand, huge fire — 15 miles from nuclear plant — Crews unable to access area (VIDEO)

Special Edition: Exactly what happened at Fukushima is going on at NJ nuclear plant, except now reactor is in refueling -Gundersen (AUDIO)

Special Edition Podcast: After Hurricane Sandy – Questions and Answers About What Happened, Oct. 30, 2012 at 9:00p ET:

Host: [...] What if the reactor were running in that type of situation?

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: That would be worse case scenario.

If Oyster Creek wasn’t in a refueling and . . . → Read More: Special Edition: Exactly what happened at Fukushima is going on at NJ nuclear plant, except now reactor is in refueling -Gundersen (AUDIO)

NRC: Alert still in effect at NJ nuclear plant — High water levels in Oyster Creek’s water intake structure remain

Title: ALERT REMAINS IN EFFECT AT OYSTER CREEK NUCLEAR POWER PLANT Source: U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Date: Oct. 30, 2012 5 p.m.

[...] Heightened coverage will continue at Oyster Creek, a plant in Lacey Township, N.J., still in an “Alert” due to high water levels in its water intake structure. [...]

At Oyster Creek, . . . → Read More: NRC: Alert still in effect at NJ nuclear plant — High water levels in Oyster Creek’s water intake structure remain