Alert Issued at Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Facility in NJ

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a flood-related alert for the Oyster Creek Plant in Lacey Township. From their press release:

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is continuing to monitor impacts from Hurricane Sandy on nuclear power plants in the Northeastern United States, including an Alert declared at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey. The plant, currently in a regularly scheduled outage, declared the Alert at approximately 8:45 p.m. EDT due to water exceeding certain high water level criteria in the plant's water intake structure.

An Alert is the second lowest of four NRC action levels. The Alert was preceded by an Unusual Event, declared at approximately 7 p.m. EDT when the water level first reached a minimum high water level criteria. Water level is rising in the intake structure due to a combination of a rising tide, wind direction and storm surge. It is anticipated water levels will begin to abate within the next several hours.

Update:

Two additional nuclear facilities  were shut down as a result of Hurricane Sandy last night and this morning.  The steps taken at Oyster Creek, Indian Point, and the Salem plant ensured a safe shut down and they are considered safe according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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