Hurricane Forces Three US Reactors Shut

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WASHINGTON — A US nuclear plant exited “alert” status early Wednesday after the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy receded, removing the flooding threat to the plant from surging waters.

The 43-year-old Oyster Creek reactor in Lacey Township, New Jersey, the country’s oldest nuclear power plant which is operated by power company Exelon, had been shut down for maintenance ahead of the huge storm on Monday.

But an alert situation — the second lowest of four emergency classifications — was declared as the storm knocked out the 636-megawatt plant’s main power supply, forcing it to rely on generators, and surging waters caused by the storm threatened to top the banks of canals used to supply cooling water.

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