Feds dispatch more inspectors to nuclear reactors impacted by Sandy — 2 different plants in New Jersey likely to be shut down as eye of hurricane threatens

Published: October 29th, 2012 at 6:59 pm ET



Additional inspectors are being sent to nuclear power plants in five states as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast. […]

In New Jersey, extra inspectors equipped with satellite phones are being sent to Oyster Creek in Lacey Township, and Salem and Hope Creek in Hancocks Bridge. In Pennsylvania, Three Mile Island in Middletown, Peach Bottom in Delta and Susquehanna in Salem Township will get reinforcements. Indian Point in Buchanan, N.Y., Millstone in Waterford, Conn., and Calvert Cliffs in Lusby, Md., will also get extra inspectors.


PSEG Salem and Hope Creek reactors likely to shut

Reactors in Pennsylvania and Maryland could shut

NHC Forecast

[…] The nuclear reactors in Sandy’s current path include […] Salem and […] Hope Creek plants in New Jersey, which were likely to bear the brunt of the storm

[… Then] crossing near Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in Maryland, Peach Bottom, Three Mile Island and Limerick in Pennsylvania, and Susquehanna in Pennsylvania. […]

Watch the latest radar loop here

Published: October 29th, 2012 at 6:59 pm ET


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42 comments to Feds dispatch more inspectors to nuclear reactors impacted by Sandy — 2 different plants in New Jersey likely to be shut down as eye of hurricane threatens

  • thuddds

    Brilliant. How are they going to access the plants? Reports arealready in that roads are flooded. Give 'em a rubber raft, a smack on the ass, and wish 'em luck?

  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    Does anybody know about the operational state of Salem and Hope creek?
    Are the plants operating or in maintenance like Oyster creek?
    If they were operating, have they been shut down due weather conditions recently?

    At Oyster creek probably nothing serious will happen due to maintenance shutdown 🙁
    But a station blackout and some nice meltdown in Salem and Hope creek would be very useful for the anti-nuclear movement 🙂

  • lam335 lam335

    "… extra inspectors equipped with satellite phones are being sent to Oyster Creek in Lacey Township, and Salem and Hope Creek …"

    It's really reassuring to know they'll have numerous satellite phones on hand. Why not send some people equipped with something that could keep a spent fuel pool cool in the event of an extended loss of power?

    • durando durando

      There isn't any equipment for that…..

      • lam335 lam335

        Well maybe they should have thought about that before they created these things. What use will the satellite phones be if there is no equipment they can call in to help if things start going badly?

  • arclight arclight

    i am hearing that 5 people are reported dead on australian radio (web)

    i will transcibe what im hearing..

    massive flooding but the wind has subsided in new york.. people are coming out and not listening to mayor bloomberg.. water still moving inland.. the flood came along at 2100 hrs.. water was reported about a foot deep…

    300,000 evacuated from around the hudson river.. most others are in place.. there are elctricity outages..

    other report

    emergency services and some people .. winds have died down .. water coming from the tide ..

    she is on the 8th floor and her power would be shut down.. wind reasonably strong.. waiting for water to recede.. will be some time before vehicles in lower manhatton. ..

    some shops are still open
    from an australian on holiday..

    another aussie in new york..
    wind was bad about an hour ago but has receded.. he can see people out and about.. damage has been enourmous.. only way to get around is the all terrain vehicles.. expects no power for three or four days..
    on the coast of delaware..

    classification to post tropical storm.. no eye left.. it is a mid latitude storm.. still a severe storm expect wind and rain..
    water levels are 12 feet above normal in low lying areas.. peak winds were 80 miles an hour.. Baltimore to new york 60 milllion people effected.. talks of the collision of arctic front..

    meteorologist from the washington post

    all this just live on radio

    stay safe

    peace light and love to all!

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Thx for the great update, arclight. Here's mine – Just under 50 people died in the Caribbean and there is still one person missing from the HMS Bounty that went down. There are also reports of high water lapping near the roof gutters on parts of the islands just off NYC. The Battery Park itself had 11 foot surges over the sea wall, but, the flooding hadn't yet reached last year's Hurricane Irene's levels. The big issue of Battery Park flooding, of course, would be the flooding of parts of Manhattan and the Subway. I really hope the Occupiers got to somewhere dryer. They were camped not too far from there. And, there is such a large underground city below the Subway, too, filled with the homeless, so i hope the flooding doesn't go beyond the park. No word if the deer made it out of the surf just south of New Jersey along the coast earlier as a man, intending to help, kept scaring it back into the high surf.

    • amberlight amberlight

      arclight, I don't know where the five casualties you mention occurred, but when Sandy was barreling through the Caribbean it left a swath of death. Current toll = 69 and expected to rise. Mostly in Haiti, where there are people I love. They are in a safe house, but all over Port-au-Prince people are still living under tarps. Even a minor hurricane poses a risk for them and once again fears of cholera are rising.

      I hope nobody else dies as a result of this storm, but I swear if I hear any whining about people being inconvenienced by power outages or not being able to get to the store for their Diet Coke I'm going to scream! In some parts of Port-au-Prince you count yourself lucky if you have more than three hours of electricity a day, and that's the norm when there is no inclement weather. When you hear the jingle of—no, not the Good Humor man—the water truck, you take your containers out to get them filled with safe potable water.

      Please, fellow Americans, do what you can to keep you and your loved ones safe, but be grateful if a flooded street or a fallen tree is the worst of your ordeal!

  • Mack Mack

    Scroll down to

    "A History of Weather-related Near Misses"

    in this article called "Frankenstorms and the Fukushima Factor"

    to read about close calls with weather-and-nuclear plant meltdowns:


    It's worth reading.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Thx Mack, i appreciate all that CommondDreams.org does! Good link. Had Sandy not gained in speed and arrived 3 hours early, it would have matched the full high tide and been a very different scenario. 3 hours, a few degrees change in onshore temperature ahead of the snow storm, which may have prevented Sandy from colliding with a more extreme cold front and gaining energy. The mid Atlantic is unseasonally warm at the moment, and a lot of water and vapor and energy got collected, so while the winds will be lower with Sandy cooling down more gradually, the rains will still be massive. It's what we keep saying here about NPP's. We holler about all the near misses that have taken place or could take place and the disasters that did take place and most people think we are exaggerating our concerns. It seems that everyone is claiming that everyone else is over exaggerating…Climate change theory advocates are exaggerating. Anti-nuke activists are exaggerating. Anti oil and coal protestors are exaggerating. Overpopulation is an exaggeration. The media is either over or under exaggerating depending upon the topic. The sinkhole watchers are exaggerating. Maybe we all are. Or, maybe we just live in interesting times.

  • Weeping Lulu Weeping Lulu

    If you look at middle of page under news and speeches you will see that:

    http://www.cnn.com for live coverage.

  • 6feetunder 6feetunder

    That apparently was a transformer at 14th and FDR going boom.

  • Mack Mack

    Update: 5 million people without electricity

  • Jebus Jebus

    NRC Alert!

    Was on my local news a moment ago.

    NRC site says it has been retracted.

    What was the alert? Low SFP cooling water at Clinton in Illinois!


  • Sickputer


    SP: No need to shout you little asses…yes we know the election is next week. 😉

    Can't have a US meltdown on Obama's time card… Wait until he's a lame duck.

    • Jebus Jebus

      Yeah funny, saw that, but this one hasn't and it isn't even listed…

      Nation's oldest nuclear plant on alert

      The nation's oldest nuclear power plant, already out of service for scheduled refueling, was put on alert late Monday after waters from Superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level.

      High water levels at Oyster Creek, which generates enough electricity to power 600,000 homes a year, prompted safety officials to declare an "unusual event" around 7 p.m. About two hours later, the situation was upgraded to an "alert," the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system.


  • Radio VicFromOregon

    And, as reassuring as Exelon's Sudarshan Loyalka is about the generators, let's remember Arnie Gundersen's sage words that in the Mark I BWR design, it is the actual pumps themselves, not the generators flooding or electricity running out, that is the issue. Had TEPCO's generators not flooded or had they been able to be brought back online, the pumps would still not have restarted anyway because the pumps had flooded and the pumps on this model ARE NOT watertight or waterproof. So, while the NRC got the part right about making sure there was fuel available to run the generators in case of a power outage, and placed extra observers at plants to make sure no one was taking short cuts and could push for emergency measures if need be, and i appreciate that very much, they still haven't gotten the most important part about still using pumps that can transport water within pipes, but, that cannot be submerged IN water, i.e., flooded. Though the NRC doesn't grasp it, Sandy's threat to the NPPs was always about water and flooding, not high sustained winds knocking out power.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Hurricane Sandy Threatens $20 Billion in Economic Damage
    “Insured losses may reach $5 billion to $10 billion, or about half of the total, according to estimates today by Eqecat Inc., an Oakland, California-based provider of catastrophic risk models.
    “Sandy, spanning 900 miles, slammed into southern New Jersey at about 8 p.m. New York time and brought a surge in Manhattan exceeding 13 feet (4 meters). U.S. airlines have grounded about 12,500 flights, stranding travelers, and U.S. stock trading is closed through tomorrow in the first back-to-back shutdowns for weather since 1888.
    “’This one has got so many facets to it — you’ve got wind, you’ve got rain, you’ve got snow, you’ve got the full moon, you’ve got the storm surge,”’said Doug Spiron, who is running home-improvement retailer Home Depot Inc. (HD)’s emergency response operations involving 350 employees in Atlanta. “’hen there’s the impact of the sheer size of the storm. This one takes it to another whole level of preparation.’
    High Tide
    “Record tides from the storm combined with hours of pounding wind and rain to flood electrical substations and shut down New York City’s financial district. Consolidated Edison Inc., the city’s utility, killed power to parts of downtown Manhattan, including Wall Street, and Brooklyn, as the storm surge, boosted by high tide, sent saltwater pouring into its underground power network.
    “Before Sandy made landfall, the storm had knocked out power to more than 2.1 million homes and…

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Unconfirmed reports from NJ EMT calling family members about a FIRE @ OYSTER CREEK!!??

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Don't Politicize Sandy – Hurricane No Special Problem for Nukes

    As Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued an alert about rising waters at the . Alarmists may take it as reason to shut all nuclear power in America, but there’s no reason to worry about the safety of nuclear power in the face of natural disasters like this. Just like the flooding last year, just like the earthquakes, it would be surprising if this storm causes real problems such as release of radioactivity.


    ~The Money men are getting edgy…& responding already….& no buddy…we want ALL Nuclear Plants WorldWide SHUTDOWN..exactly for reasons like this. This plant is being shutdown 10 years before its license expires becasue of "the impact that the reactor has on the Forked River, from which it draws cooling water, and on Oyster Creek and Barnegat Bay, into which it discharges hot water. After many years of battle over the issue, the nuclear plant is now slated to be retired at the end of 2019, 10 years before its license expires, in a deal reached two years ago with New Jersey environmental regulators. The deal allows Exelon to continue operating the plant until then without building expensive cooling towers that would help reduce the environmental impact of its water discharges. (Related: "Pictures—Ten Oldest U.S. Nuclear Plants: Post-Japan…

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    This mess is like a slow-motion Fukushima,only thing missing is an earthquake!!! To top matters off, my good laptop took a dump and won't boot up now??!! A black screen accompanied by 7 beeps or I already would be logged into ECHOLINK "Hamming" it up with East Coast Amateur Radio operators local to Oyster Creek myself!! We got 25-30 ft. waves on Lake Michigan here in the already "Windy City??!! Wish I knew what's. "really" up?!!

    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      @Johnny Blade, Beep codes http://kb.iu.edu/data/afzy.html Hope it helps. 🙂

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        @MaidenHeaven; Thank you for the "beep code" info link! This tiny android phone keypad & screen is driving me crazy(er)!@least now I have a general idea of what the PC is needing to be fixed. 🙂 -hope they can"fix" whatever the "Stupor-Storm" does to Oyster Creek & any other NPP @ risk?!! Thanks again! G'nite ALL! 🙂