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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Closes Five U.S. nuclear plants for fear of Sandy


The nuclear plant Oyster Creek operated by Exelon Corp , remains on alert status, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of the United States (CRN). It is the third time this year that the alert is issued, which is the second lowest in four levels. The alarm was issued after the water levels in the building 2 meters increase, potentially affecting the pumps that circulate the liquid through the installation. Further progress could plunge the water motor pumps service water used to cool the fuel pool , potentially forcing to use emergency water reserves to inhibit fire system installation and prevent the rods used uranium fuel overheat. "Right now there is no imminent threat of leakage . No protective actions on the ground, "said Craig Fugate, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The incident at Oyster Creek, located on the coast of New Jersey , came when Sandy landfall as a major Atlantic storm in history, with winds up to 129 kilometers per hour, the greatest test for the preparation of the sector from the disaster of Fukushima, in Japan, a year and half ago. The Energy Department reported that two additional reactors had to reduce production due to weather and flood waters in that state. In a statement, said the Salem 1 reactor located in Hancocks Bridge, on the RiverDelaware , was arrested when four of its six water circulation pumps stopped working, as the company announced Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG). The Energy Department also confirmed that the Indian Point Unit 3 reactor , located about 50 miles north of New York on the Hudson River, had also been shut down for the night of Monday to Tuesday. There is no "risk to the public" or employees, had reported via his Twitter account Entergy, which operates the plant, before adding that he hoped a return to normal "in the coming days." Over 8 million households were still without power Tuesday morning in 18 states of the northeastern United States and in the capital, Washington, in the wake of the storm Sandy.

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