More than a Dozen Nuclear Plants Near Hurricane Sandy’s Path Brace for Impact

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Bloomberg reports:

“Because of the size of [Hurricane Sandy], we could see an impact to coastal and inland plants,” Neil Sheehan, a spokesman based in Philadelphia for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said by phone today. “We will station inspectors at the sites if we know they could be directly impacted.”


The NRC met earlier today to discuss the necessary precautions to take for the storm, Sheehan said. Plants must begin to shut if wind speeds exceed certain limits, he said.


As of 2 p.m. New York time, Sandy had winds of 75 miles (121 kilometers) per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was about 430 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, moving north at 7 mph.


The current Hurricane Center track calls for the system to come ashore just south of Delaware Bay on Oct. 30.

Reuters provides a list:

The following lists the nuclear reactors and utilities in Sandy’s potential path.

Plant More than a Dozen Nuclear Plants Near Hurricane Sandys Path Brace for Impact

While we don’t foresee any problems, the risk of nuclear accident in the U.S. is actually much greater than it was in Japan before Fukushima.

For example, fuel pools in the United States store an average of ten times more radioactive fuel than stored at Fukushima, and have virtually no safety features.

Let’s review the list and look at examples of problems experienced by the nuclear plants in Hurricane Sandy’s path:

  • Salem has been riddled with problems with security, turbines problems and  other issues.
  • Hope Creek has suffered security problems, has the same design as the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1, has “some of the same issues with above-ground storage of spent fuel rods as Fukushima” and “was designed to withstand certain major weather events but we need to look at the potential impacts of more extreme events, especially … sea level rise and flooding”
  • Limerick has suffered electrical and other issues
  • Oyster Creek has been plagued with electrical and other problems
  • Millstone’s vulnerability is shown by the fact that it was shut down due to warm seawater

It’s not surprising that there have been problems at all of these nuclear plants. After all, the U.S. has 23 reactors which are virtually identical to Fukushima. The archaic uranium reactor designs developed more than 40 years ago are only good for making bombs.

Most American nuclear reactors are old. They are aging poorly, and are in very real danger of melting down. And yet the NRC is relaxing safety standards at the old plants. And see this.

Indeed, while many of the plants are already past the service life that the engineers built them for, the NRC is considering extending licenses another 80 years, which former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority and now senior adviser with Friends of the Earth’s nuclear campaign David Freeman calls “committing suicide”.


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Sun, 10/28/2012 - 15:25 | 2925643 Arttrader
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What's up with the dot matrix style print-out?


Sun, 10/28/2012 - 14:37 | 2925560 JamesBond
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New treatment system could see discharges into Pacific as storage space rapidly runs out No. 1 radioactive water tanks maxed



A new treatment system will be used to ensure safety before discharge (Japan Times Online)

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 13:05 | 2925418 Piranhanoia
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Mr. Washington brings us the facts.  You might just save your life.

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 05:17 | 2924956 SilverFish
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- If you like Buffalo Wings

- If you hate Buffalo Wings

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 03:37 | 2924916 dexter_morgan
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Don't sweat it George, Frank Marshall Davis, Jr. is still in office so it'll be all better.

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 02:31 | 2924890 pfairley
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Since when are any US nukes so vulnerable? Isn't there something more constructive to fret about?


Sun, 10/28/2012 - 02:09 | 2924878 PLove
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Jeebus, hurricanes in the East, earthquakes in the West,

What next?! 

Maybe we call off the elections.



Sun, 10/28/2012 - 01:56 | 2924870 Bear
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GW ... not a peep about Benghazi ... are you waiting to gather more facts?

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 10:49 | 2925141 kaiserhoff
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What would George do with facts?

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 23:06 | 2924788 Mises knows best
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Perhaps we could ask the Chinese for some help on the Weather Modification Science front.


Sat, 10/27/2012 - 20:57 | 2924659 Never One Roach
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Finally, we can have our very own Glow in the Dark Chesapeake rockfish and crabs.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 20:21 | 2924620 dexter_morgan
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meh, a nuclear event like this seems more worrisome

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 13:00 | 2925406 Transformer
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We definitely need to do something about those war-mongering Iranians.  They have a long history of military domination and aggressiveness.  They have military bases all over the ME and are trying to establish bases worldwide that would threaten our entire planet with nuclear armegeddon.  We gotta do something about Iran.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 16:20 | 2924262 The Heart
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A new sociology class subject being taught in most universities now.:

The Gentleman's Guide To Forum Spies (spooks, feds, etc.)



Sat, 10/27/2012 - 15:12 | 2924145 Hannibal
Sat, 10/27/2012 - 09:59 | 2923703 monad
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More insane fantasies from Green Wang. You know Wang, the Obama campaign pays good money for material far more absurd than this. You should jump on that ship before it sinks.

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Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:12 | 2923711 GMadScientist
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You misspelled Mongoloid.

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 12:58 | 2925412 Piranhanoia
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and quotes a disney ride's animated dummies.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 11:29 | 2927831 monad
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Uncle Walt was smarter than you'll ever be. So it is with conquered people. 

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 13:19 | 2923935 monad
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Licking up all the Government Worker kooloid, are we? Be afraid, be very afraid. And misinformed. It makes you more managable.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 09:32 | 2923679 CPL
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I would be more concerned about all that BP oil being blown on shore.  Nuclear disasters being particularily awful, the icing on the cake is the oil slick crawling up the coast.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 20:55 | 2924657 Angus McHugepenis
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That slick is not oil. It's Dick Cheney being towed behind a Haliburton tug boat as they take him for a swim. The other 50 rusted, leaking boats are his security teams. Those boats were formerly active fishing boats until BP "nuked" the Gulf.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 09:29 | 2923677 shovelhead
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Why can't we have fun disasters, like rye ergot mold poisoning that trips out everyone on naturally produced LSD.

I personally would mind a few hallucinations if I could see that snarky minister down the road have a personal encounter with Satan.

With my luck it would be the fat old ladies that would tear off their clothes to have rampant sex with male strangers rather than the hot young babes.

Oh well, guess I'll have to settle for glow-in-the-dark testicles.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 09:29 | 2923675 steelrules
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Sandy makes me want to watch the movie "Perfect Storm".

90 ft. waves breaking on the deck of the super carrier USS Kittyhawk.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 08:24 | 2923643 news printer
Sat, 10/27/2012 - 06:26 | 2923587 Frastric
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Do radioactive mutant zombies vote? That is the question.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 09:01 | 2923660 old naughty
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They do not need to vote for they already knew the stupid-we-don't-foresee-problem crowd is doomed, just as their masters planned, radioactive food for them.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 04:10 | 2923545 nah
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fucking insanity


insanity fucking

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:18 | 2923713 GMadScientist
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i, gin, ky, cunt fans!


Sat, 10/27/2012 - 01:25 | 2923473 q99x2
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Ya. When Rome started to fall apart a lot of people buried themselves in books and writing. Not really a good time to go out and campaign for saving the whales. I think the earth itself is going to go wacko due to a center of gravity shift which will cause it to change the physical axis that it revolves around. Like an ice sheet out of Antarctica cracks off at the same time the Arctic loses the weight of its ice cover. God damn volcanoes forming under the Salton Sea. Even beyond reproach Orange County smells like crap these days. Some nuke fallout on NYC from an act of God wouldn't be too out of place. Almost like the stories in the Old Testament.

Nothing to Hope for except Hope itself.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 00:53 | 2923449 knukles
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Jesus.... the whole bloody world is getting really prickly, short, irritable restless and discontent over the smallest aggravations, differences and grievances anymore...

Like society itself is coming unglued... certainly no veneer, no veil of civility left about anymore....

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:19 | 2923714 GMadScientist
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It's the grieving process. Next they'll fight over frayed hand-towels and refuse to speak to each other for a year.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 01:42 | 2923481 Dre4dwolf
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Honestly I like society better this way, better than having mindless zombies walking about with bleached teeth and fake smiles.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 04:34 | 2923554 Ham-bone
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c''s college footballl saturday, enjoy

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 23:30 | 2923377 NoDebt
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Guys, they said they would station extra inspectors, so everything is cool.

In the "unlikely event" something should go wrong the inspectors will dial up the NRC, which will contact the WH and request help to prevent a bunch of people from being killed or injured.

It worked in Benghazi, it'll work equally well here.  So everyone chill.  It's cool.

Switching gears.... let's say you're one of those "inspectors" and something DOES go wrong.  You make "the call" and you get voice mail.  You try again.  Eventually, somebody calls you back and says "OK, Bill, just stay put.  We'll get some people out there."  Tell me you wouldn't feel like that goat in Jurassic Park tied to the stake, waiting for the T-Rex to come and eat you whole.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 23:30 | 2923375 Walt D.
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Three Mile Island:

Latest score: Harrisburg 0 Chappaquiddick 1

George - what odds are you offering that Hurricaine Sandy evens the score?


Fri, 10/26/2012 - 23:24 | 2923367 Yen Cross
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 The markets are going to " TANK next week"    The "Chair Satan"put , is .toast

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 22:59 | 2923345 muppet_master
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the NRC is RELAXING safety standards???

NOT surprised!! they are taking fast n furious orders from the QEorganizer !! he says "PRINT BABY PRINT"...RUn the nukes til FULL capacity...he says I want them to keep up with the PRINTER !! cause I don't want inflation to destroy my ponzi scheme "rally"

LOL !!!

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 21:16 | 2924682 Dr. Sandi
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Damn. Relaxed safety standards at the NRC is like 'relaxed fit' crotchless panties.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 22:44 | 2923331 lolmao500
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Fri, 10/26/2012 - 22:16 | 2923302 willwork4food
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Wake me if Sandy gets a Cat 3 attitude...

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 22:10 | 2923295 Old Poor Richard
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C'mon, George.  I appreciate Fukushima updates and appreciate exposure of industry and regulator malfeasance. 

But seriously, this is FUD/hype/MSM-like horseshit.  These plants have been "bracing" for hurricanes since they went into service, without a glitch.


Sat, 10/27/2012 - 07:58 | 2923624 lakecity55
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It's ratings week for TV weather!

Let's wait and see how bad this is. The 1938 storm was a bad one, but they did not hype wx forecasts back then.

Prepare, but don't freak.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 21:50 | 2923265 tony bonn
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the only reason for nuclear plants is to keep building nuclear was an interesting but half baked idea soaked in evil.....nuclear plants are simply too eratic and unsafe in the limit to warrant the risks.....and i say this as a former nuclear diehard.....

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 01:10 | 2923461 Walt D.
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"nuclear plants are simply too eratic and unsafe in the limit to warrant the risks"

Where did you get this from?

Don't tell me - you already took advantage of Joe Biden's free colonoscopy?

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 22:43 | 2923327 Louie the Dog
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the only reason for nuclear plants is to keep building nuclear bombs


Really?  How's that work?  Having worked at the Oak Ridge K-25 plant for several years I never came across a whole lot of nuclear bombs.  It was a big place though, maybe I never stumbled across the secret underground bomb making bunker.  

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 23:45 | 2923392 Clashfan
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Congrats, Louie. Yours is one of the stupidest posts I've yet seen on ZH. Are you buds with nmewn?

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 09:36 | 2923684 Louie the Dog
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Thanks for the award.  Why don't we swap stories about our years at K-25.  

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 12:44 | 2923881 nmewn
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Careful there'll be included in the Annual Clashfan Psy-Op of the Year Award contest.

You see, if you don't agree with the sheep herding tactics and hysterical banter common around here you are the object of ridicule & subject to censure (#9-#11 & #15, I think), called a government shill, a denier of "truth" by one of the resident this case Clashfan.

As all other "former truths" fall away, like Mossad suicide pilots, New York skyline holograms, inoperable air to ground communications, voice recognition software, nano-thermite ad nauseum...they become "some other truthers-truth"...not their truth.

Of course, when those "truths" were first put forward they were accepted as fact by "truthers" seeking some description of truth...they just never said there was this black hole of known at the time "truths" to recieve the unviable "truths" they were spewing...very convient for "trutherism"

A remarkable study in mass delusion.

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