Super hurricane Sandy threats 9 nuclear power plants in U.S

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Super hurricane Sandy threats 9 nuclear power plants in U.S

The U.S. government is to add supervisors to nine nuclear power plants in areas where the super typhoon Sandy came over to make sure that the storm will not cause a problem in these plants.

Super hurricane Sandy threats 9 nuclear power plants in U.S
The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, one of nine nuclear power plants will be hit by the super typhoon Sandy

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said, before each nuclear power plant has two supervisors. They are equipped with satellite phones to communicate with NRC anywhere, anytime. The new supervisor that NRC will ensure that the management apparatus of the nuclear power plant was prepared for the storm in a serious, comprehensive and reasonable, AP reported.

Three Mile Island, the name of the nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, is one of nine nuclear power plants will be hit by super typhoon strength Sandy. In 1979, the melting phenomenon occurs in the barrel part of the No. 2 reactor of the Three Mile Island plant caused radioactive material seeped into the ground. This is one of the civil nuclear accident the most serious in the United States.

"Process safety for nuclear power plants specified plants to be shut down before the storm struck the plant," the NRC said.

NRC noted that the nine nuclear power plants are diesel generators in order in case the storm caused power outages.

"All critical equipment and systems are located in enclosed buildings able to withstand typhoons and flooding," the NRC said.

Super typhoon Sandy move with high speed and pouring rain, wind down the city in the northeastern United States on 29/10. The school closed in the northeastern United States, the New York Stock Exchange stops working, the AP reported. Several million people in the areas where storms go through forced to stay home rather than the workplace. Bus, train and subway stops working. Over 7,000 flights to and from the eastern United States were canceled. Authorities require hundreds of thousands of people along the coast evacuated, including 375,000 people in New York City.