Another Media Outlet Confirms Salem Intake Pumps Damaged

Local media outlet NewJerseyNewsroom cites additiional information about what transpired at Salem nuclear plant though they do not cite where they obtained this detailed information from.

But just after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, while Sandy’s eye was barreling down on the Jersey Shore, the high waves in the river swamped four of the six massive pumps in a building along the river’s edge which pull in the water through a 40-foot wide conduit jutting into the river. The loss of these pumps caused a chain reaction of events:

  • The loss of river water meant the steam in the secondary loop was no longer being condensed, sending hot steam back into the carefully calibrated system.
  • The added work load, coupled with accumulating junk clogging Salem’s underwater intake pipe, caused the two remaining pumps to fail.
  • With its cooling system compromised, operators stopped the fission process by slamming the boron control rods into the reactor.”
This along with the previous report from Platts that specifically cites a PSEG official both claim pumps were swamped or damaged and two failed between heavy workload and clogging intakes. Previous reports also cite damage to the pump house. claims that Salem is back up and running.  The NRC reactor status page now shows Salem at 100%, as of Sunday night they still had the November 2nd status as the most current information.


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