NRC Provides Additional Information On Salem & Oyster Creek Outages

The NRC has updated their last post about the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. The newest post provides details about the intakes at Oyster Creek. The NRC claims the intakes continued to operate and pull in water during the alert. They did not provide an answer to the time frame of the cooling outage at Oyster Creek. Previous NRC reports cited the cooling went out until it was “reenergized” as part of switching to diesel back up power but they did not provide a time frame.

On Salem the NRC makes this statement about the intake pumps that they were “no longer able to perform their function because of high river levels and debris in the waterway,”

Platts quotes a PSEG OfficialRalph Izzo said during a press teleconference Wednesday morning. One of five pumps has been repaired, and the other four are expected to be repaired Wednesday, Izzo said.”

Repair assumes some sort of damage and they cite it as the pumps, not the intake screens or canals. It is good the NRC is attempting to respond to public concerns though the discrepancies between operator and NRC statements is a bit troubling.

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