Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'Socks and selfies deep': Canadians slam Rolling Stone's Justin Trudeau-tribute

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Panda-monium! French zoo awaiting rare panda birth

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Can Facebook keep growing its earnings?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Qatar 'financing and supporting terrorism', Egypt FM says

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French Riviera's raging fires

Read more

THE DEBATE

Poland Judicial Reforms: EU keeping door open to sanctions on Warsaw

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Libyan PM: 'We need UN's support to hold vote'

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Dubai: Taking a dip into the Emirates' underwater world

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Valerian', 'A Violent Life' and 'Belle de Jour'

Read more

Americas

Nuclear plants shut down as Sandy slams US

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-10-30

A nuclear power plant in New Jersey and the Indian Point nuclear facility in New York were shut down early Tuesday in the aftermath of "super storm" Sandy. But US officials said the plants were “stable” and posed no risk to the public.

Two US nuclear power plants were shut down early Tuesday in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, but the plant operators stressed there were no risks to the public.

New Jersey's main power company PSEG Nuclear shut down its Salem 1 unit on the Delaware river, saying most of its water circulation pumps had been rendered unusable "due to weather impacts".

PSEG said it manually shut down the 1,175 MW unit, but said there were "no issues" in the shutdown and the facility was "currently stable."

The Salem 2 unit was already offline for maintenance when the storm hit, and PSEG said another nearby nuclear unit, Hope Creek, remains operating at full power.

In New York, power generator Entergy shut down a unit of its Indian Point nuclear facility "due to external electrical grid issues."

Another unit remained at full power, and Entergy said on Twitter that there was "no risk" to the public or company employees.

Late Monday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it was monitoring all plants in the US northeast as Sandy pushed up water levels in rivers and bays, which are crucial for cooling operations at the facilities.

The Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey, which was in a regularly scheduled outage when the storm hit, set off an alert when floodwaters exceeded a threshold set for its water intake facilities.

(AFP)

Date created : 2012-10-30

  • USA

    LIVE: Superstorm Sandy wreaks havoc in US Northeast

    Read more

  • USA

    Will Sandy change the game for Obama and Romney?

    Read more

  • USA

    In pictures: Superstorm Sandy batters US East Coast

    Read more

COMMENT(S)