Problems at Five Nuclear Plants – Hurricane Sandy 30 Oct 2012 The nation’s oldest nuclear plant declared an alert and a second plant just 40 miles from New York City was forced to shut down power as five different nuke plants in Hurricane Sandy’s path experienced problems during the storm. Indian Point in Buchanan, New York, on the Hudson River north of New York City, automatically shut power to its unit 3 on Monday night “as a result of an electrical grid disturbance,” according to Entergy, the plant’s operator… Operators also declared an alert at the nation’s oldest nuclear plant, Oyster Creek in Lacey Township, New Jersey, on Monday evening after the center of Sandy made landfall, “due to water exceeding certain high water level criteria in the plant’s water intake structure.” The plant also lost power, which is critical to keep spent fuel rods from overheating, but “the station’s two backup diesel generators activated immediately,” Exelon said.
NJ nuclear plant on alert as state struggles to cope with Sandy’s surge 30 Oct 2012 America’s oldest nuclear power plant is on alert after waters from a colossal storm reached high levels. Oyster Creek in Lacey Township, New Jersey, was already offline for regular maintenance before Sandy, a superstorm downgraded Monday night from a hurricane, slammed the East Coast. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says an “unusual event” was declared around 7 p.m. when water reached a high level. The situation was upgraded less than two hours later to an “alert,” the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system.