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NRC Inspecting Oyster Creek Response to Sandy

Report expected on water level increases during superstorm

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) began an inspection today of the Oyster Creek Generating Station in Lacey in response to issues related to Hurricane Sandy.

Three inspectors are reviewing activities related to water level increases at the plant's water intake structure during the storm and will expand on reviews made during and after the storm by the NRC's resident inspectors assigned to Oyster Creek.

“Because the reactor was out of service at the time of the storm for a previously scheduled refueling and maintenance outage, plant operators did not have to contend with the possibility of a reactor shutdown as Sandy passed through the area. There were no immediate safety concerns,” Region I Administrator Bill Dean said.

“Nevertheless, there are certain observations involving procedures and on-site activities that surfaced during the event warranting a closer look. This Special Inspection will focus on those areas to gain a better understanding of how the intake water level information was monitored and communicated during the event.”

An "Unusual Event" (the lowest of four levels of emergency classification) was declared Oct. 29 when water levels topped 4.5 feet above mean sea level. An alert was then declared at 8:45 p.m. when water was 6 feet above mean sea level at the plant's water intake structure. Early Oct. 30, the water level had declined enough to eliminate the need for emergency classifications.

The inspection report is expected within 45 days of its completion.

wookfish November 13, 2012 at 05:52 PM
surprise,surprise
Bestmommc November 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM
glad your enjoying your electricity
bayway mike November 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM
WOW!! Kinda makes you think about what happened after the tsunami in Japan last year..Could ANYTHING like that have happened here..Does anyone have a Geiger Counter??
letsallgetalong November 14, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Really Bayway mike...The waves in Japan averaged 60' with some achieving the height of 100'. There were waves that hit 26' 1/2 mile inland. If anything like that happened here we would have by far greater issues.
Bestmommc November 14, 2012 at 02:36 AM
ure comparing hurricane sandy to the tsunami that hit Japan? seriously?
denise November 16, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Bullcrap, they had a month's notice prior to the storm. There is no excuse for putting everyone in danger! Blaming it on scheduled maintenance is outrageous!
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According to NRC water was 6 inches away from the cooling pump motors: 10/29/2012 11:27 pm The intake water level was read as 4 inches above the base of the service water pumps. The ABN-32, revision 19 value for tripping the service water (SW) pumps was 6 inches below the pumps’ motors (33 inches above the SW pump base). 10/30/12 12:11 am Combustion Turbine #2 (station blackout power source) was aligned to B 4160 Bus. 12:18 am The intake reached its maximum level. (5 inches above the base of the service water pumps, 7.4 feet) http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/blogs/oyster.pdf

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