Interview with Nuclear Engineer Chris Harris
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, that’s a Fukushima event. So they had two to go.
What that means is, it means you staff up your emergency centers. People had to be brought in during a hurricane to take command of the emergency centers.
I just wanted you to realize what this means, people had to be put in harm’s way and in danger getting to a site, a facility where they could take command.
And that actually happened. Could you imagine if they couldn’t make it there and people didn’t realize who was in the chain of command, who was in really control? A lot of confusion can happen about that.
Published: November 3rd, 2012 at 12:08 am ET
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