VIDEO: Democracy Now on Hurricane Sandy and US Nuclear Plants

  • Posted on: 31 October 2012
  • By: Connor Gibson

Nuclear Power Plants from Virginia to Vermont Could Be Impacted from Massive Hurricane Sandy

Check out Democracy Now's clip on how U.S. nuclear power plants along the east coast are threatened by extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy, which are made more likely to occur and intensified by global climate change.


And what of nuclear reactors after a superstorm?

  • Posted on: 31 October 2012
  • By: Connor Gibson

Written by Jim Riccio, crossposted from Greenpeace blogs.

Several nuclear reactors in New Jersey and New York shutdown as Hurricane Sandy slams into East Coast.

The morning after Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern seaboard several nuclear reactors in New Jersey and New York are now shutdown and information on their status is sparse if available at all.

Greenpeace has been able to paste together the following from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensee event reports. But as of 11:30 AM there has been no information provided to press or the public by the agency since 9 pm last night. And what has been provided is now outdated and inaccurate.

New Jersey:

  • Salem 1 reactor was manually shutdown from 100 percent power when it lost circulation in part of the plant due to storm complications caused by high water levels and hurricane debris.
  • Salem 2 reactor was already shutdown as was Oyster creek also in NJ. Oyster creek declared an unusual event and then an alert due to high water levels at the reactor.

New York:

  • Indian Point 3 located just 24 miles north of Manhattan was knocked of line due a disturbance to the electric grid providing power to the plant. But Indian Point 2 is still operating at 100 percent power.
  • Nine Mile Point 1 in upstate New York near Oswego automatically shut down when it could not feed its electricity to the grid. Nine Mile Point 2 lost offsite power due to high winds and emergency diesel generators are providing power to the plant.


  • Both Limerick nuclear reactors near Philadelphia have reduced power significantly to 48 and 27 percent respectively.

Salem Nuclear Generating Station, New Jersey