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Warm seawater forces shutdown of Connecticut nuclear power plant

Credit: nrc.gov

A Connecticut nuclear power unit at the Millstone plant has been shut down because water from Long Sound Sound was too warm to provide proper cooling, something which has never happened before.

Regulators changed rules in an attempt to keep the unit operational, something which hardly reassuring. This isn’t a teakettle we’re dealing with but rather a nuclear reactor. Rules shouldn’t be fudged to keep them open but apparently this happens routinely. Feel safer now?

The agency issued an “emergency license amendment” last week, allowing Millstone to use an average temperature of several readings. “It wasn’t enough to prevent us from shutting down.”

The closed unit generates 880 MW and uses water closer to the surface for cooling rather than colder deep water which the other unit, which remains open, uses.

  • Steve G

    This is why we need to shut down all nuclear power plants, coal plants, etc., and switch to magnetic power generation. It requires no external power source to keep it running and is cheaper than nuclear and safer to build. Everybody would have their own mini power plant at their homes and buildings and even in their cars. I wish more people would get the word out about magnetic power generation technology, but everybody’s still stuck on solar, wind, water, bio fuel, etc., with their head stuck in the sand to see that there is a better alternative. If we all had these kinds of magnetic generators, we wouldn’t be spending trillions of dollars every year on energy production and we’d be able to afford things like healthcare and their mortgage payment.

  • Steve G

    This is why we need to shut down all nuclear power plants, coal plants, etc., and switch to magnetic power generation. It requires no external power source to keep it running and is cheaper than nuclear and safer to build. Everybody would have their own mini power plant at their homes and buildings and even in their cars. I wish more people would get the word out about magnetic power generation technology, but everybody’s still stuck on solar, wind, water, bio fuel, etc., with their head stuck in the sand to see that there is a better alternative. If we all had these kinds of magnetic generators, we wouldn’t be spending trillions of dollars every year on energy production and we’d be able to afford things like healthcare and their mortgage payment.

  • Steve G

    We wouldn’t need nuclear power generators if we simply used a different kind of generator that powered itself and output more power than required to keep it running. Very simple to make one.

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