Nuclear Plants in Sandy’s Path Brace for Storm
From ABC News
By Randy Kreider
The federal government is sending extra inspectors to nine different nuclear power plants in the path of Hurricane Sandy, including Three Mile Island and New York’s Indian Point, to make sure the plants are prepared.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the extra inspectors will make sure “plant operators are making the proper preparations.” All plants already have two inspectors on site equipped with satellite phones.
In addition to Indian Point, which is north of New York City, and Three Mile Island, the Pennsylvania plant famous for a partial meltdown in 1979, the facilities include the Salem, Hope Creek and Oyster Creek nuclear plants in southern New Jersey; Peach Bottom and Susquehanna in Pennsylvania, Calvert Cliffs in Maryland and Millstone in Connecticut.
“Nuclear power plant procedures require that the facilities be shut down prior to any projected hurricane-force winds on-site,” said the NRC.
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