Follow-up to: Emergency Declared at NJ Nuclear Plant from Hurricane Sandy -- Power lost, ocean water rising -- Concern about cooling of reactor and spent fuel pool
Title: U.S. nuclear plant declares alert after Sandy storm surge: NRC
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. [...]
Published: October 30th, 2012 at 1:29 am ET
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