Sunday, December 23, 2007

Oyster Creek Kills 5,304 fishes!

(Now how in the heck did they cound such an exact number? RC)

Sunday, December 23, 2007
South Jersey Courier Post

LACEY, NJ - A total of 5,304 fish were killed as a result of the unplanned shutdown of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant earlier this week, a company official confirmed Friday afternoon.

Operators manually shut down Oyster Creek's reactor at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday after one of the three pumps that feed water into the reactor tripped, according to a report on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Web site and an NRC e-mail Wednesday.

A final root cause will likely take several weeks to determine, according to an e-mail from NRC spokesman Neil A. Sheehan. Elaine Makatura, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the determination of whether to impose any fines on the operator would be made after the cause is known.

What killed the fish?
Posted by: vintagedollz
- Power plant discharges warm water to river (used to cool process). When plant shuts down, the warm water flow ceases and river water at discharge pipe returns to ambient which today is ~45F. Fish live in this warm water plume cannot handle the temperture change, go into shock and die. These fish normally would migrate or hibernate in the winter months however due to the warm environment supplied by the plant, remain thru winter.

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