Seaweed causes shut down of multiple nuclear reactors

Published: May 28th, 2013 at 11:33 am ET
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BBC News, May 28, 2013: A nuclear power reactor at Torness remains closed after seaweed threatened to clog its systems although a second has reopened. The plant’s owner EDF Energy took both reactors offline at Torness on Friday to prevent seaweed from entering the facility’s cooling system. [...] In 2011 both reactors were closed after a swarm of jellyfish near the station.

Scotsman: WWF Scotland said that nuclear power had “once again proven itself unreliable”. Director Lang Banks said: “We should all be thankful that Scotland has grown its renewable energy capacity enough to be able to deal with Torness nuclear power station going offline without warning. “As we tap into ever more of our huge renewable resource, we look forward to the day Scotland can switch off nuclear power for good.”

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