More Nuclear Plants Affected: NY’s Indian Point reactor shut down — Storm causes condenser problem at Pennsylvania plant

Published: October 30th, 2012 at 5:51 am ET


Reuters, 2:53a ET:

[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.

AP, 4:26a ET:

New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant partly shut down as superstorm Sandy hit […] One of the units at Indian Point, a plant about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down around 10:45 p.m. because of external electrical grid issues said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant. The company said there was no risk to employees or the public […]

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Published: October 30th, 2012 at 5:51 am ET


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59 comments to More Nuclear Plants Affected: NY’s Indian Point reactor shut down — Storm causes condenser problem at Pennsylvania plant

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    RADITION ALERT: 95 cpm at Massachusetts Radiation Network right now, with 7 US stations above 50 cpm. 100 cpm considerel Alert Level.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      We kicked out our nuke plants here long ago and Portland and most Oregon cities are declared No Nuke zones, but, sadly, we do have Hanford nearby in Washington State, the leaking storage facility holding all the spent fuel and materials from all the military nuke bomb testing and various materials. It's oozing out of the containment vessels and making its way underground to the Columbia River. Scientists are working on it. Just a few more years and it will have reached the shore. It's been raining so hard here for days until today that anything from Fukushima will easily be on the ground, so we may have readings even without a nuke plant nearby.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    At 6:11 AM NRC shows these plants online and operating at full power:
    Indian Point 2. 100
    Indian Point 3 100
    Limerick 1 100
    Limerick 2 100

    • richard richard

      this blog says 'Unit3 safely shut down @10:45 EDT due to external electric grid issues'

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Nine Mile Point Unit 1 is currently in Hot Shutdown, with reactor water level and pressure maintained within normal bands. Decay heat is being removed via steam to the main condenser using bypass valves. Both Reserve Station Transformers are in service and being supplied by their normal power sources. Both Emergency Diesel Generators are operable and in standby.

      Decay heat being removed via steam..aka venting radiation into the environment..

      • a female faust a female faust

        as i understand it, the presence of condensers implies the at least theoretical prevention of direct venting into the environment. the steam is condensed into water ("A"), and the heat is exchanged, or transferred to, environmentally sourced water ("B"). A, now cool, is thus recycled in the cooling system; B, now hot, should be a source of thermal pollution only, and not nuclear.

        in theory.

        as i understand it.

  • Chelsea Chelsea

    13 ft. waves are being reported offshore in Port Clinton, Ohio (on Lake Erie). Power outages are also being reported in the lakeside counties. See Davis-Besse NPP. :-/

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Sandy causing 32 mph winds in South Bend at 6:15 AM. Power just went out briefly. Waves on Lake Michigan today will be 20' high! Eye of the storm currently over Newport, PA. The eye is still clearly defined. When Sandy came on land, rain clouds filled in the back side of the storm. I notice that the transition of Sandy from a tropical storm into a winter storm is just about complete. Snow stretches from Canada to North Carolina. Lots more snow now than there was last evening.

    Oklahoma City radiation monitoring station is back online, running at 72 cpm on Radiation Network! Welcome back, OKC! MA station is now at 75 cpm. Minneapolis and Detroit now above 60 cpm.

  • richard richard

    'One unit at the Salem plant in Hancocks Bridge, N.J., near the Delaware River, was shut down Tuesday because four of its six circulating water pumps were no longer available, according to PSEG Nuclear. The pumps are used to condense steam on the non-nuclear side of the plant. Another Salem unit has been offline since Oct. 14 for refueling'

    Is this another one, makes three with question marks ?

    by the way, did you see the flash floods in ocean city, new jersey and the neighbourhood fires in Queens.
    (see cnn at this time).

    • jec jec

      We are in most of this weather..saw the radiation elevation in MA, wonder if from the atmospheric steam dump from Salem???

  • arclight arclight

    IAEA team tours Indian nuclear plant after radiation leak
    “ A report by India’s auditor-general has found serious problems with safety regulations within India’s nuclear facilities. Australia has just agreed to supply uranium to India.”

    “But environmental watchdogs have expressed concerns about safety in India, where small-scale industrial accidents due to negligence or poor maintenance are commonplace and regulatory bodies are often understaffed and underfunded”2

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Daily Times -pakistan

    South Korea -Nuclear Power Plant Reactor in Gyeongju Shuts Down
    “Until this accident, the Wolseong No. 1 reactor has recorded 51 malfunctions over 30 years due to flaws in machinery and components, including radiation leaks, coolant leaks, and reactor shutdowns……”

    Nuclear Power Plant Reactor in Gyeongju Shuts Down

    OCT 30, 2012

    Thailand -Plodprasob wants a new nuclear reactor – but the people say no!
    “In the end, Thailand’s nuclear ambitions were for now pushed to 2026 after heavy criticism in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. “We hope that until then Thailand will not go the nuclear route,”

    • richard richard

      Not just the Indian safety that comes into question.

      The Indian government's thuggery of citizens protesting in their nation is deplorable. Why my country should supply uranium to such criminals is beyond me. Oh, I see, it's the money. And the greased palms.

      I've also read rumours Indians are trying to buy into property and mining groups of Australia. A backdoor approach to getting direct access to uranium and most likely sidestepping Australian standards and protocols (for the pittance they are worth).

      Don't let me start on what how insidiously global the indian nuke industry may be.

  • arclight arclight

    Hitachi agrees UK nuclear purchase -FT
    October 29, 2012 9:07 pm

    Hitachi agrees UK nuclear purchase

    Time to move away from nuclear power -Korea

    Posted on : Oct.29,2012 14:03 KST
    The Hankyoreh

    Uljin Nuclear reactor 2 was shut down early on Oct. 28 due to a technical problem. This was the thirteenth nuclear power plant failure this year, and the third this month. Back on Oct. 2, there were two shutdowns in one day, at Shinkori reactor 1 and Yeonggwang reactor 5. Despite the rash of technical issues, the authorities keep telling everyone that there’s nothing to worry about. It’s deeply troubling to wonder just how long we’re going to have to keep hearing these “reassurances.” Even a very small problem could lead to a major disaster if the response is poorly executed.

    Russia Hopes To Go Nuclear In The UK -but spends $3.2 billion dollars on nuclear arms- Ploughsjares

    On October 17, Russia successfully launched a newly designed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), with President Putin on hand to personally oversee the event.

    and theres more

    looks like the press are quickly pushing out these stories while people are distracted! imo

  • arclight arclight

    this is more geographically appropriate

    US Navy awards $17.5 million contract to GDEB for nuclear submarines -New London

    meanwhile in china there seems to be a growing lobby pulling away from nuclear.. hope my american cousins follow suit.. timing might be good?

    Breaking China-Legislative body proposes nuclear power plant shift
    By Helen Ku / Staff reporter, with CNA

    Tue, Oct 30, 2012 –

    Taipai Times

    The legislature’s Economics Committee yesterday passed a non-binding resolution demanding that state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) transform the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in Gongliao District (貢寮), New Taipei City (新北市), into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant.

    and this one too!

    Palisades nuclear plant safety drills held Monday, Tuesday
    WSBT-TV Report
    11:42 a.m. EDT, October 29, 2012

    After being labeled one of the worst-performing nuclear power plants in the country, a southwest Michigan plant is taking steps Monday morning to better prepare people in case of an emergency.
    The Palisades nuclear plant is in Covert, Van Buren County.

    Monday morning’s drill was scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and another is planned for Tuesday

  • arclight arclight

    this is due to elcectricity shut down or censorship

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    this is a central resource for all nuclear blogs…

    we might have been shut down??

    anyone able to contact the webmaster??

    looks like the pentagon is still working ok? 🙁

    • jec jec

      If in NYC power for most areas. And for a lot of other areas..7 M without power. Could be the site is down due to that..unless its been down previous to the storm…

      • arclight arclight

        thanks for the feedback jec

        you might like to know that yesterday nuclear-news had 30 feed sites

        today it suddenly stopped and the stats are now showing only seven feeds..

        so unless the web has copletely crashed.. something else is up..

        i am very suspicious .. the other feed links stopped at 24.00 hrs GMT .. stopped dead.. not registering even 1 hit??? thats about 70 percent of the web?? sounds like homeland security are doing more than sitting on there asses.. might be wrong.. see if admin wants to analyse his/her/its stats too!?

        i am aware of subtle kettling for activist sites but its a tough nut to proove!


  • arclight arclight

    and if anything happens? how will you know?
    this is just MAD.. the military industrial complex

    USA cuts the budget for The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)

    Occupy the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) WTF??? WHY ARE WE CUTTING THE DNDO BUDGET BY 40%??? Shouldn’t we be INCREASING the detection of radiation in our country b/c there’s an ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan and the prevailing winds are in OUR direction?? It rains down in OUR crops, contaminates OUR food supply, and gets in OUR air and water!! Would someone please explain that to the people in charge!!! Never mind the fact that many of our own 104 aging nuclear power plants also leak and when they do the leaking is invisible. Shouldn’t we be spending MORE on monitoring all of this instead of cutting the budget by 40%?? In the middle of an ongoing nuclear disaster it seems really stupid to be slashing the radiation monitoring budget.
    The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) is a jointly staffed agency within the Department of Homeland Security. …….implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats

    @admin hope you dont mind me filling the gaps with nuc-news stuff -just doubling up.. being efficient.. hope it adds to the blog but will keep to your rule of 2 only in future..
    stay safe

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      THey are also trying to reduce or eliminate all emergency evacuation zones around nuclear power plants.

      COmbine these two and what does it spell?

      Another FukU.

      Move back to Fuku, all is normal, it is safe… and the 'experts' saying this to the public, KNOW that this is highly contaminated.

      Why even evacuate in case of an accident? Why even report it?

    • +1

      We have the technology.
      We just don't use it properly… for some reason.
      IGNORance perhaps?

      Why not outfit every hospital, police station and academic institution with detectors, most already have them, then tie them into a central 'real time' database.

      • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

        I agree and have often thought why don't we deputize the fire departments across the country as our radiation network? They have permanent locations, they have staff with time to maintain or monitor equipment and they will be involved in helping people if there is a nuclear incident especially due to the additional emergency management training many departments have had with funding from homeland security.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Hi Arc, someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the "post two (2) URL links" rule applies to links to one's own blog or news articles.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        In other words, if you're reading one article here, you can only post two URL links pointing to your own related articles or blog, per one article here.

  • arclight arclight

    Adage to admin
    All USA’s nuclear plants can NOT withstand hurricane and flooding? -enenews

    peace light and love to you and yours…

    • arclight arclight

      errr, how are you on copyright? 😉

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Yes, isn't their use of the Enenews logo a bit problematic? Seems a bit liberal in their re-posting of Enenews article headlines. Unless Admin has approved.

        • arclight arclight

          lol hi hotaters

          if you notice the poster found at the bottom you will see an arclight2011/// yup im moonlighting 😉 in australia whilst posting in the usa and living in the uk

          enough to make yer dizzy

          so i posted that article to encourage the aussies to get there asses over to enenews for the facts.. up to date.. and that is why i asked admin about the post limit that i always adhere to strictly.. unless i become excited.. and admin tolerates this .. so far.. but i cant push it..

          i am helping out chritinA who hates nuclear a smuch as i do.. 🙂

          happy days! but not for the pro nukes hopefully..

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    They CAN withstand hurricanes, floods and solar storms… just bring out MORE duct tape and baling wire.. and repeat after me. yes, they can, yes, they can.

    Now click your heels twice.



    These puny humans with their huge egos think that they can win against Nature…

    Kind of like Don Quixote, riding his mule and trying to slay windmills.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    UPDATE 3-Sandy slows US nuclear plants, oldest declares alert

    Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:14am EDT Tuesday, an NRC spokesman said the levels reached a peak of 7.4 feet — apparently above the threshold. As of 6:10 a.m. EDT waters were at 6.5 feet, with the next high tide at 11:45 a.m. He said the company had moved a portable pump to the water intake structure as a precaution, but has not needed to use it.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Did they make it through? If they did, it was pure LUCK, and the fact that this was a PUNY storm (Cat 1).

    Imagine if this had been a Cat 5 with 20 foot storm surge…

    They would not stand a chance, just like FukU had not a prayer when things really got going.

    It is just a matter of time. It is purely a matter of when and where the next major nuclear disaster will happen, not IF.

    Scratch out another couple thousand square miles or more of fertile woods and farmland, force millions to move or stay in contaminated areas, just like Chernobyl, FukU, TMI, and more.

    And that is if we are lucky, cause it could cause a global life extinction event, if not handled.. Walk away and any nuclear power plant accident is a GLE event.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Haven't heard a word on CNN or the Weather Channel regarding nuclear facilities. They are worred about power outages. A downed nuke plant will certainly give you a power outage but why mention it?

    The power source that shall not be named "nuclear".
    Unspeakable in elections and during disasters.
    The only word more unspeakable…"radiation".
    Shhhh just don't say these words.
    I think I'm just going to start posting them randomly on their websites.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      @Ea45.. I too have been watching the morning coverage of Sandy. Zero mention of nuke plant issues.. they did mention failed generators at hospital, lots of power outages, blown transformers etc.. but nothing about the status of nuke plants.. which is why I decided to come here to find out what the heck is going on with theses murderous boiling water contraptions.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi you two…Oyster Creek made it to our main online news site here in Germany, on the main page this morning at 8 AM.
        And I heard it several times on radio news throughout the day!

        I SO hope it won't be worse the a (very) close call. I imagine some of OC's / IP's staff reconsidering their career choices right now.

        • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

          wow BnB.. thanks for the info.. Glad Germany will no longer be amongst the "in" crowd, and we might actually be able to get "news" about this industry from German journalists that no longer worry about the gestapo nuke industry retaliating for the truth 🙂

    • Anthony Anthony

      U.S. nuclear plant declares "alert" after Sandy storm surge – NRC
      By Scott DiSavino | Reuters – 8 hours ago

    • Anthony Anthony

      How is this one…CNN, Weather Channel Falsely Report NYSE Flooding During Hurricane Sandy
      The Huffington Post | By Jack Mirkinson
      Posted: 10/29/2012 11:07 pm EDT Updated: 10/30/2012 12:03 am EDT

      • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

        In all fairness, I was watching the Weather Channel, and other reporters were saying they could not confirm, that water was flooding the NYSE.. and very quickly were retracting/correcting that.. so, I kept hearing, there is no water flooding the NYSE, however, there is water in the subway station..

        • Anthony Anthony

          I hear you – i was actually surprised to find that minutes after reading your posts and realized it was on another topic entirely. I guess it accounts for their activity though….

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Sandy is now centered over Fairhope, PA. The NWS should name all severe winter storms, and noreasters, am I right? It seems as if Sandy has continued to press inland through PA this morning. It doesn't seem to have made a predicted turn to the north yet.

    Why was the Bounty out there? Sailing from Florida to somewhere in the north for the winter. But why put out ahead of a hurricane? And if you were out in the ocean, why not put in somewhere before Sandy arrived? Sad that two people died when the ship sank.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The "Force" of truth is very strong today.

    Yes, it is now only a matter of time!

    Weep for the many millions of people soon to be negatively affected by another pending, but yet to be identified Nuclear Core Meltdown!

    If you live near any operating Nuclear Power Plant and/or downwind from the same, move you and your family away and do it very quickly!

    A residential (GE) hot water heater only has a 6 year warranty! The NRC wants to give up to 80 year extensions on existing (hot water heater) Nuclear Power Plants?

    The world has no clue what is coming or about to happen and yes it will be very bad for those that live near or downwind from such Nuclear facilities.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      The problem at Oyster Point is the SFP. It has no cooling, and maybe only some 16 hours or so left before it begins to burn.

  • jec jec

    Nuclear plant, Salem Hurricane issue! From the NRC Event Pages:
    "loss of the 2 remaining circulators required transition of decay heat removal from condenser steam dumps to the 11-14 MS10s (atmospheric steam dump)"— from Salem plant. What do you think..Atmospheric Steam Dump means. Wonder if they will announce the amount of nuclides in the "dump"…

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      lot's of reactors using normal means of releasing pressure via steam.. aka.. Reactors are performing as designed. Let's think about that design..ok?

      It is not acceptable to life.

      I kept wondering why they didn't shut the reactors down as a safety precaution yesterday.. It occurred, to me, that the industry did not want us to know that they could shut down those plants and there would be no subsequent lack of power.. how much power does a nuke plant take?

      Why isn't it mandatory for nuke plants to have wind and solar backups, as well as generators??

      • A+

        "Why isn't it mandatory for nuke plants to have wind and solar backups, as well as generators??" – Cataclysmic

        One answer: Because that would be another verification of just how idiotic of an idea Nuclear Plants really are!

        "If we have to have backups to backups in order to ATTEMPT to prevent uncontrollable catastrophe, then maybe, just maybe, we shouldn't build them in the first place!!!" – ChasAha

        • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

          lol Chasaha! I thought it might be that similar argument to "if we prepared, people would be scared and not friendly toward nuclear power" as tepco used for their excuse to not prepare properly.. I must suspect that thinking is industry wide..

          • exactly…

            Unfortunately, that 'thought process' is industry wide, politically wide, media wide and academically wide. That's how it seems.

            They try to repeatedly promote safe, clean, cheap.
            When the absolute reality is the opposite. 🙁

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    "Oyster Creek; 36 of 43 emergency warning sirens in the emergency planning zone have failed in the last 24 hours." From comments to the article below,

    Also, I put something about San Onofre in the Petitions Forum please consider sending online letter.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    13 stations on Radiation Network are currently 50 cpm or over. This is IMO unprecedented wide radiation dispersion over the entire US. West coast to east coast, and north to south, I have never seen radiation spike like this over such a wide area. (I was tempted to say that Sandy was stirring up old fallout on the ground with the winds.) But I see right now that Minnesota and Oklahoma and Sacramento are involved, all 50 cpm or above.
    My conclusion is that a new and recent event at Fuku is dropping high amounts of fallout over the entire US. Stations in the 60 cpm range right now include:
    North MN 80
    Detroit 61
    New Jersey 62
    If the human race doesn't "close the loop" to cool the melted nuclear fuel at Fukushima.
    If we continue to allow these reactors to release steam and smoke into the air without containment of any kind. If we allow ground water to become highly contaminated by contact with Coriums1,2,&3 in the mudrock.
    If we allow contaminated ground water to flow directly into the Pacific Ocean without containment of any kind.
    If we fail to devise a cooling loop for these 3 Rogue Nuclear Reactors under Fuku.
    Then the health of all humanity will fail.
    Then the institutions of humanity will fail.
    The economies of humanity will fail.
    And the human race will dwindle and become a mere fossile record footnote in the history of Earth……


    • Mack Mack

      I wonder if npp's are using the storm as an opportunity to dump/vent radiation, hence the higher readings?

      It was theorized this may have been done (in the U.S.) right after Fukushima, too.


    MASSIVE LOOTING HAS BROKEN OUT IN CONEY ISLAND and it is not being mentioned at all on the news here in NYC!! The washington Times is reporting it.

    The Washington Times is reporting Massive looting occurring in Coney Island right now, But so far not one word has been mentioned on the news here in NYC!!

    PICKET: Mass Looting begins in NYC

    By Kerry Picket – The Washington Times

    October 30, 2012, 12:38PM

    Concerns regarding looting in New York started days ago before Hurricane Sandy even hit the lower tip of Manhattan. A report coming in from NY Scanner, a tweeter who monitors New York City's public safety channel, stated that NYPD officers have been dispatched to the 60th precinct to help out with mobs who are looting storefronts:

    NYPD's 60th precinct was unavailable for comment.

    The Gothamist is also reporting that looting occurred in downtown Manhattan at the South Street Seaport and New York State Senator Malcolm Smith told NY1 he saw reports that described looting in Queens.

    The New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Service (NYC-ARECS) is reporting :

    'Chief of Department' of the #NYPD now @ Coney Island with the boys in blue from many precincts trying to stop the looting crowds

    #NYPD escalating mass looter situation to a 'Level One' asking for the Boro Task Force for manpower to come assemble at location

    Police in Coney Island shouting into the radio "mass looting over here." Other precincts helping…