Reuters: Just 6 more inches of water could submerge NJ nuclear plant’s pump to cool spent fuel pool — 25 hours to boiling without more coolant — New footage of flooding nearby (VIDEO)

Published: October 30th, 2012 at 1:29 am ET


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Title: U.S. nuclear plant declares alert after Sandy storm surge: NRC
Source: Reuters
Author: Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Ed Davies
Date: Oct 30, 2012 12:57am EDT

[…] water levels at the plant rose by more than 6.5 feet, potentially affecting the pumps that circulate water through the plant, an NRC spokesman said.

[…] a further rise to 7 feet could submerge the service water pump motor that is used to cool the water in the spent fuel pool.

The spokesman said the company could use water from a fire hose to cool the pool if necessary. The used uranium rods in the pool could cause the water to boil within 25 hours without additional coolant; in an extreme scenario the rods could overheat, risking the eventual release of radiation. […]

New video of area around Oyster Creek nuclear plant here

Published: October 30th, 2012 at 1:29 am ET


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29 comments to Reuters: Just 6 more inches of water could submerge NJ nuclear plant’s pump to cool spent fuel pool — 25 hours to boiling without more coolant — New footage of flooding nearby (VIDEO)

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    "[…] a further rise to 7 feet could submerge the service water pump motor that is used to cool the water in the spent fuel pool."

    VicFromOregon, I hear you loud and clear!!!


  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Admin, thank you for your tireless work to spread the news. You're doing an excellent job, and I hope you and yours are safe.
    Thanks again.

    • ENENews

      B&B, Majia, Jebus, NoNukes that's very kind. My family is from the area so I've been pretty preoccupied with Sandy. Hope everyone is safe.

      • arclight arclight

        I've been pretty preoccupied with Sandy..

        doin a great job admin..
        and the enewsers
        need to catch up now
        peace light and love, hope all is well

      • Sickputer

        Take care Admin. I wish your family safe passage during these storm days and cleanup. Accidents after the storm passes are also a problem especially with damaged trees and downed electrical wires.

        I worked as an electrical storm trooper six weeks cleanup after Hurricane Alicia in 1983 in Houston. The last neighborhoods took that long to rebuild the distribution system. We lost two workers in the aftermath of working 14-hour days. Cold was not an issue in September, but heat was a big issue. Many very hot days with no air conditioning.



  • Yes, thank you Enenews admin…

    night all….

  • Jebus Jebus

    Yes! Thank You Admin…

    Now here's the bottom line of what the issue of these ageing nuclear plants is all about and the reason the info is hidden from view…

    Forex: USD/JPY dips as US nuclear plant goes on alert (San Francisco) – USD/JPY has just fallen around 20 pips ahead of the widely anticipated, tentative Bank of Japan (BOJ) decision expected shortly.

    The drop is likely in reaction to reports that a nuclear plant in New Jersey is now on alert as flooding reaches record levels, now turning investors quite risk averse

    Keep the heat on enenewsers, till ALL the investors turn away!

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Thanks, Admin! Best wishes for safety for all. Did everyone all see this? Constellation shuts Nine Mile One nuclear reactor (photo)

    Oct 30, 2012 09:23 Moscow Time

    Constellation Nuclear Energy Group's 630-MW Nine Mile One nuclear power reactor in upstate New York shut on Monday due to a problem putting power onto the grid, a spokesman at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.
    SCRIBA, NY – On October 29 at 9 p.m., Nine Mile Point Unit 1 experienced an automatic reactor shutdown.

    The shutdown was caused by an electrical grid disturbance that caused the unit’s output breakers to open. When the unit’s electrical output breakers open, there is nowhere to “push” or transmit the power and the unit is appropriately designed to shut down under these conditions.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    As "Frankenstorm" Sandy hits, questions about Canadian nuclear power plant safety
    Jenny Uechi Posted: Oct 29th, 2012 "You can shut off the fission reaction, which is the chain reaction that involves splitting uranium atoms – that, they can stop within two seconds – but what they cannot stop is radioactivity […] and there's no way to shut off the radioactivity, so at the moment of shut down, you still have seven per cent of full power heat being generated," he explained.

  • Jebus Jebus

    On twitter 20 min ago…


    Looking for confirmation!!

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Oh great ..biggest storm in a long time is beating on the oldest nuclear plant in the country. Good luck, they'll need it.

  • Yes, big thanks to Admin and safety for him and his family.

  • omniversling


  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    If the Obama Administration did not care about "4" rounds of heavy fallout from three melt-downs, & one fire, explosion & the partial release from #4 fuel pool when it went dry & they hit it was salt water. What makes you think they will do any thing drastic on this one?

    Oh, I guess its on Obama's door step, & not on our 50,000 soldiers & their families in Japan, & my family in California & Nevada.

    Check out the latest Administration coverup of "4" Emergency Nuclear Fallout Events" that Obama thought you did not deserve to know

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Admin, i hope all your family and friends there are safe. Thanks for keeping this going thru the storm.

    One more time – a big shout out to Arnie Gundersen at for calling it on the fuel pumps..He has called, written, travelled, knocked on doors, made podcasts, anything to try and get the industry to understand that flooding to these pumps is the overlooked detail at Fukushima. Maybe they will reconsider after this. They sound calm, cool and collected for the camera, but, i betcha the plant workers needed a change of fresh shorts after they opened the pump room door.

    • lam335 lam335

      re: AG–And he also called it on Oyster Creek being of particular concern.

      • lam335 lam335

        Oyster Creak, one of the world's oldest Fukushima-style reactors.

        Too bad the NRC/industry have so shamelessly dragged their feet about implementing any changes based on lessons learned from Fukushima.

  • lam335 lam335

    "The NRC spokesman said the company could use water from a fire suppression system to cool the pool if necessary."

    Not very reassuring…

    "[Exelon spokesman] … said he did not know whether the service water system was operational at the moment."

    Plausible denial? How much do you want to bet it's already not working.

    • Sickputer

      After 60 years things remain unchanged. Fighting nuclear fires or preventing nuclear rods from igniting still relies on firemen with lots of buckets of water.

      And we saw at Fukushima what happens when the disaster has multiple issues preventing the firemen from doing their fire suppression duty. At Chernobyl the firemen fought and dozens died horrible radiation deaths. Perhaps it was a noble exercise in futility in those early days, but maybe not because million dollar concrete water pumps weren't available in the 1986 Soviet Union.

      Those high dollar injection pumps also weren't in position at Fukushima NPP either (flown in several days later). Nor was there a close source of ready fresh water. So firemen laid hoses, brought in smaller riot control water cannons (what irony) and dribbled ocean water on the fierce multi-unit nuclear fires at Daiichi. Three or four units blew up despite their efforts.

      2011 Japanese firemen had better radiation monitors than the clueless Russian firemen and the Tepco bosses didn't use an all out suicide assault by their workers. They knew when the immediate area was life-threatening and pulled back to save their lives.

      The ineffectual puppet-string Japanese government was unable and unwilling to commit big numbers of military personnel to run the suicide duties. If they had done so in the first six months they might have saved their country and the world from millions of future radiation deaths.

  • Thanks admin for all the work you do to keep this site up and running!!
    I visit daily multiple times to read the latest …
    May your family and all families stay safe during these times of severe weather ..
    Go enenewsers!!
    keep up the great work!!
    No nukes …

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    It looks like they got the extra inches at Oyster Creek…high tide on the way… 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.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Thanks NoNukes. Nervewrecking.
      I can't wrap my mind around the fact that the decision "fuel pool meltdown yes/no" depends on some INCHES of water.

      That's pathetic.

      • NoNukes NoNukes

        Yes, I completely agree, BreadAndButter, it is pathetic. The pumps at Oyster Creek don't work on a good day. Do you believe that better pumps could have been developed in that last few decades, for a nuclear neighbor to Atlantic City, Philadelphia, New York City? I do.

  • irhologram

    I think enenews is one of THE most important blogs, and I believe you have and are framing public discourse to tackle world changing issues in a reckless time. I think the "media" are watching this site and I truly believe your coordination efforts are making a difference. A heartfelt thank you. Be safe! Love to you and yours!

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Admin…Please let us know how your family fares through this. I send blessings, good thoughts and wishes.