NRC: Spent fuel pool cooling lost at NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant during Hurricane Sandy

GE Note:  I have it from a very, very close & reliable source that this accident was mentioned on local Ocean County / Lacey Township NJ OEM and police dispatch radio frequencies, but that it was kept very quiet… Ocean County OEM, Sheriff and local municipalities were deliberately NOT putting it over the radios, but were instead instructing each other to call on cells phones and land lines.

credit: Chicago Tribune

… On October 29, 2012, Oyster Creek declared a Notice of Unusual Event followed by an Alert due to high water levels in the intake structure. Elevated intake structure water levels are of concern as excessive levels can flood certain plant components and render normal cooling systems inoperable. No safety systems were adversely affected by the high intake level. The site also experienced a loss of offsite power. Both emergency diesel generators started as designed and supplied power to the emergency electrical busses. Shutdown cooling and spent fuel pool cooling were temporarily lost but subsequently restored, after the busses were reenergized. At 9:59 a.m. EDT on October 30, the licensee restored one line of off-site power via a start-up transformer. Oyster Creek terminated the Alert at 3:52 a.m. EDT on October 31 when water level dropped below 4.5 ft and off-site power was fully restored…via NRC

5 thoughts on “NRC: Spent fuel pool cooling lost at NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant during Hurricane Sandy

  1. mike and brandy 11/03/2012 / 10:23 AM

    not sure what this all means. was there a higher ‘risk’ of mealt down?


    • The Grey Enigma 11/03/2012 / 10:33 AM

      There was a higher risk of explosion of stored nuclear (waste) fuel rods that are archived in “temporary” storage pools there, and this risk was not communicated to the public even though (I know) the local authorities were warned of a potential nuclear issue and the possible need for evacuation.


  2. mike and brandy 11/03/2012 / 11:09 AM

    wow. media trying to shield obama from his ‘katrina’ again. this would have been much worse. thx for the heads up.


  3. Fay Moore 11/03/2012 / 4:36 PM

    How fortunate for us all that the situation was brought under control! It would have been Fukushima meets Jersey Shore–not the kind of reality show I want to see.


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