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calendar   Friday - September 21, 2012

Oh Noes!!!!

3 Mile Island Nuke Reactor Works Exactly As It Should

Shuts Down Instantly When Minor Pump Fails

No Radiation, No Leakage

THIS IS NEWS

This Is How It Has Worked Every Day For 33 Years




Enviro-wienies at CNN:

(CNN)—The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant shut down unexpectedly Thursday when a reactor coolant pump failed, federal regulators said.

“This appears to be a fairly straightforward shutdown,” said Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “Every indication we’re getting is the reactor safety systems are performing the way they are designed.”

The Unit 1 reactor shut off automatically about 2:20 p.m., the plant’s owner, Exelon Corporation, reported. There is no danger to the public, but the release of steam in the process created “a loud noise heard by nearby residents,” the company said.

Sheehan said one of the four reactor coolant pumps appears to have stopped working. Though three others remain, the system shuts down when an anomaly is detected, he said.

Thursday marked the second time in a month that the reactor has been shut down, following an August 22 leak in a heating system used to pressurize water. The unit was replaced, inspectors found no signs of a problem in two other units and the reactor returned to service on September 5, according NRC records.

The 825-megawatt pressurized water reactor at Three Mile Island, about 10 miles outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has been in service since 1974 and can power about 800,000 homes. There was no loss of electrical service after Thursday’s shutdown, Exelon said.

The Unit 2 reactor has been shut down since a partial meltdown in 1979. There were no injuries and little release of radiation from that incident, which remains the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history.

And not a single new reactor built since then. Not one. Regardless that Unit 2 worked perfectly even when things went wrong, and regardless that the safety steps and system redundancy has increased orders of magnitude since then. But let’s live in fear forever and forgo the one and only alternate energy solution that actually works, because the WORST NUCLEAR ACCIDENT IN US HISTORY was a fucking joke that killed, hurt, wounded, or sickened exactly NOBODY.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/21/2012 at 08:19 AM   
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