Now 5 Nuke Plants with Problems from Sandy: New Jersey’s Salem reactor shuts down as water pumps “not available” — Trouble with both units at New York’s 9 Mile Point — Also Oyster Creek, Indian Point, Limerick

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
By Paul Martin

By ENENews
October 30th, 2012

ABC:

[...] Salem Nuclear Power Plant on Delaware Bay in southern New Jersey, was manually shut down just after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning “when four of the station’s six circulating water pumps were no longer available due to weather impacts from Hurricane Sandy,” according to plant co-owner PSEG Nuclear. “No issues were encountered during the Salem Unit 1 shutdown,” said PSEG Nuclear, “and the plant is currently stable. In addition to the operating crews onsite, Salem has designated response teams available.”

At the Nine Mile Point plant near Oswego, New York, in what operators say “is likely a storm-related event,” unit 1 shut down automatically around 9 p.m. Monday because of an electrical fault, while unit 2 experienced a power loss from an incoming power line because of the same fault. An emergency diesel generator started automatically to supply power to unit 2. The NRC said that the operators are still evaluating the cause of the event. “All plant safety systems responded as designed and the shutdown was safely carried out,” said the NRC. [...]

Syracuse.com:

[...] Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station [...] shut down safely at 9 p.m. and remains off line this morning, said Jill Lyon, speaking for plant owner Constellation Energy Nuclear Group. A “lightning mast” owned by National Grid fell onto a high-voltage connector that handles electrical output from the Unit 1 generator and provides backup power from the grid to the Unit 2 plant, Lyon said. [...]

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