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

Published: October 30th, 2012 at 11:35 pm ET


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, the Alert – the second lowest of four levels of emergency classification used by the NRC – remains in effect as plant operators wait for the water intake levels to drop to pre-designated thresholds. The water level rose due to a combination of a rising tide, wind direction and storm surge. Oyster Creek was shut down for a refueling and maintenance outage prior to the storm and the reactor remains out of service. Water levels are beginning to subside to more normal levels, but the plant remains in an Alert status until there is enough confidence levels will remain at more normal levels. Offsite power at the plant is in the process of being restored. […]

Watch nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen discuss the alert at Oyster Creek here

Published: October 30th, 2012 at 11:35 pm ET


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

  • ephemerexfleur ephemerexfleur

    "more normal levels".
    not once, but twice in a sentence.

    sensing impending bad news as the vague statements by the NRC pile up.

    • Auntie Nuke

      Could we stop parroting that "second lowest" of four levels wording? It's Level 2 on a 4-level scale, meaning halfway to "kiss your ass goodbye." It's nukespeak spin to make us think it's not as bad as it is.

  • "…until there is enough confidence…"
    Now there's the 'key' part of that sentence.

    Let's just wait, until then, everything's 'normal'. 😉

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    "Offsite power at the plant is in the process of being restored. […]"
    Oh that's good /sarc

    I hate how they want everyone to think that a "shut down" reactor poses no risk. Not a word about required cooling etc.
    It makes me want to call / write everytime. I'd be busy fulltime.

    • Max1 Max1

      A coworker of mine just HAD to tell me that, "Thank goodness they shut down at least five NPP's…"

      Once I began, once again, explain to her HOW the stored fuel requires cooling and that even that process is sketchy because of clogged vents and lack of generators she feigned ignorance, "Well I don't know about that. All I know is what they (sic) report."

      I nodded and went on my way only parting with, "Correct. You only know what they want you to know. Too bad they don't cover the basic science behind nuclear… Because then, you might just know more than what they want you to know."

      • Karnage

        Haha typical American response. Blame the news. I am glad my wife doesn't question my rants anymore. When i made her walk around the yard with me and we were getting 120 CPM spikes, then she started to listen. I live in OKC, and I tried to setup a station here, but after being ignored just have been reading for months.

        My avg dose here is from 30-90 CPM.

        • PurpleRain PurpleRain

          Wish I could afford a geiger-counter. Is that a higher background then normal? I had read somewhere that 20 was near-normal background. Is that right? My daughter is getting annoyed with my rants and since I keep sharing stuff on Facebook, I suspect that many of my fb friends are annoyed too, but that's all that I feel able to do to at least help get the word out and spread some information to other people — who otherwise would not listen or even be exposed to any truth. They are all waiting for the news media to "validate"

          • Karnage

            Background is around 10-30 cpm. I myself also used to post on FB telling everyone about it, but no one listens. I have hammered it into peoples heads here at work, and I feel confident now in knowing what will happen. When I saw the hurricane I thought about power straight up. Being a vet I have seen people fight for food before, and no one understands what its like.

            I have a good friend in cali that supports the effort as well, but besides him, no one wants to know the truth. It is almost like a massive brainwash. If its not an app or a sport they don't care. Instead of following up on the truth, they wait to be told what to do. Just like pets.

            I am glad that you continue your informational fight towards this situation. All I can say is to prepare for yourself and your close family. If all of us ranters on here are correct, which we are sadly, then there is nothing we can do for people. Just push them articles out, and eventually it will stick.

            It is your duty as a father/man to know your surroundings and how to protect loved ones. They will all be looking to you for solutions, and you will either be ready, or fail miserably to provide.

            I have been on this site since Mar 2011, and I've been emotionally and mentally challenged by this failed society for almost 2 years now.

            Just hang in there, you are not alone.

          • I neglected the need to get a geiger, but once I got one…I was thinking, "what the heck was I thinking".

            Rain in Hawaii was and is safe, for now. No need to avoid the rain unless a big event.

            I bought another and sent to Japan, in areas it showed safe for now.

            Real background is probably 3 to 8, clean background in Hawaii is now 20 to 25. Background on mainland is 20 to 60.

            And this isn't background, it is just what you can't get away from.

        • Thats alot of dose, not good for over a couple years. good luck!

  • Max1 Max1

    Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant Declares Emergency in Face of Superstorm Sandy Tidal Surge

    We get an update from Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president who has coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the country, about safety conditions at Oyster Creek and Indian Point nuclear power plants. He says Oyster Creek was close to where the center of the storm crossed into New Jersey, and was forced to declare an emergency when the storm’s tidal surge came within six inches of flooding water pumps that cool its reactor. Gundersen says many of the plants have old designs that need to be re-evaluated, and could shut down in the coming days as electrical grids see power outages. [includes rush transcript]

  • sonnen.blum.239 sonnen.blum.239

    the main stream media (MSM) has said little to nothing about the NNP threats here in this superstorm. My son and his GF live in the middle of NJ and they also think I am nuts when I send them links to warnings about the ancient and decaying and leaking already before the storm NPPs of the Northeast. There are serious issues of which I am not bright enough to intelligently discuss about these aging plants, and then to have the intakes breached or clogged with salt water compounds any safety problems already present. The grid itself is ancient, needs to be replaced with safe alternatives that do not include fossil fuels or nuclear. Solar may have failed in this storm, and the winds though plentiful, may have ripped down a substantial windfarm. But there would not be the dangers after the storm which petroluem, coal, and nuclear powered plants present, flooding and fire and lack of cooling not withstanding. "Oh how I love the smell of petroleum in the morning" and it is floating on top of all that flood water. If a NPP goes into emergency mode and fails catastrophically, we will never hear about it until it is too late. It is always profits before people. With the grid not able to withstand this storm (and it failed, didn't it?) imagine the rhetoric about the need for more and better power? NNP is unfeasible economically and morally. Nuclear kills. BTW background in St Louis MO has been 20-40 inside and out, unless raining 5xhigher; granite countertops hit 40-50.