Salem Unit 1 shutdown
By Peter Macarthur Bookmark and Share

Updated Friday, April 22, 2011 - 11:00am
The Salem Unit 1 nuclear power plant had to be shutdown Thursday afternoon.

Neil Sheehan with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it wasn't due to something that happened inside the plant, but outside the plant, in the Delaware River.

He says it's a condition they've dealt with before at the facility called 'grassing.'

Sheehan says Salem has worked to prevent grassing but it still happens seasonally. (to my knowledge nothing was done to prevent grassing)

He says if Salem has another two unplanned shutdowns in its next 7 thousand hours of operation, it would warrant additional monitoring from the NRC.
NRC should finally demand to stop this "once-through" cooling system at Salem.
PSEG Nuclear waits to hear whether Salem plants which kill billions of fish per year can continue to operate as is

Why Are So Many Fish Killed by the Salem Plant? Every day the Salem plant draws in 3.024 billion gallons of water from the Estuary. This is enough water to flood all of South Jersey, below Trenton one foot deep in a year (1104 billion gallons a year, operating at 70 percent capacity). The water is used for "once-through" cooling of the nuclear reactors and is discharged as heated water. Fish eggs, larvae, and juvenile fish are sucked onto or into the water intakes. This huge volume of water is habitat for many species of fish, making death inevitable for a certain percentage. If cooling towers were installed, fish impingement and entrainment would drop drastically since 95% less water would be needed for "closed-cycle" cooling.
California Regulators have adopted a policy requiring costal power plants- the state's two nuclear plants to phase out the use of once-through cooling.The policy allows plants to choose between implementing a closed-cycle cooling system, such as a cooling tower.......
It just does not get better, PSGE should face the fact and bite the bullet and build a cooling tower.