Salem Unit 1 shutdown
Updated Friday, April 22, 2011 - 11:00am
The Salem Unit 1 nuclear power plant had to be shutdown Thursday
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
(to my knowledge nothing was done to prevent
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.
should finally demand to stop this "once-through" cooling system
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
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.......
does not get better, PSGE should face the fact and bite the
bullet and build a cooling tower.