Warm seawater forces Conn. nuclear plant shutdown

Aug 14th, 2012 | By | Category: General

Connecticut’s nuclear power plant shut one of two units on Sunday because seawater used to cool down the plant is too warm.

Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station has occasionally shut for maintenance or other issues, but in its 37-year history it has never gone down due to excessively warm water, spokesman Ken Holt said on Monday.

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One Comment to “Warm seawater forces Conn. nuclear plant shutdown”

  1. James Aach says:

    It should be noted that this is not a problem restricted to nuclear plants – the typical fossil-fuel plant also relies on a source of “cool” water as part of its power cycle. Nuclear plants tend to be bigger than fossil units and also run with greater safety margins, so they may be the first affected by higher temperatures, or at least it is more notceable when they are affected.

    James Aach. Author of “Rad Decision” the insider novel of nuclear power.

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