Pilgrim Nuclear Plant

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Legend
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During the recent storm the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant lost offsite power and had to shut down and go on back up Emergency Diesel Generators to control the reactors.  This plant is the same vintage as Fukushima unit 1.  A diesel generator shutdown would cause a Fukushima type disaster.  This is how close we are to wiping out Boston.

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miksilvr
Say it aint so! SOB. No

Say it aint so!

SOB.

No Nukes!

smilingcat
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And how much diesel fuel do

And how much diesel fuel do they have in case of emergency??

Last I heard was they only have enough for 12 hours maybe 24 hours at most. The good smart planners think they can get regular power back up within that timeframe.

Well tell that to people of Katrina, Sandy, Andrew and few others. 24 hours turned out to be about a week for some and even longer for others.

If you don't believe me go read the emergency/disaster manuals/requirements/rules and reg.

Explaining to the residents:  that all of the equipment are wroking fine. It's just that it ran out of fuel for the backup power. Hey you know it worked pretty darn well and worked as planned but something are just bit out of our control. Weather being one of them. Call it act of GOD. Sorry about that!!

CCBayWatch
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Sandy and now this latest

Sandy and now this latest winter storm are stark reminders of the serious consequences we face from climate change and aging nuclear power plants. A recent study found warming sea surface temperatures in our oceans means North Atlantic storms will become larger and more intense. This may be the new normal. Given the fact that nuclear power plants are often located in coastal areas, like Pilgrim, makes them particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events, storm surges, marine debris that can clog intake structures, sea level rise and prolonged power outages. These risks can disrupt cooling systems and lead to overheating, fires and/or radiation releases. They are inherently unsafe because of their locations.

doh1304
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Actually nuclear power plants

Actually nuclear power plants are located near population centers, which just happen to mostly be near coasts (There are 15 plants within 50 miles of Chicago)