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Alabama Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Due to Storms Ferocity

April 30, 2011

I wrote a piece on March 16th that has received thousands of hits about how the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan was essentially a power failure. I wrote that we could see a similar situation here in the U.S. if we had a severe weather event, solar event, natural disaster, or man-made disaster. Nuclear power plants produce power, BUT they depend on external power to keep them running properly: to keep their reactors cool, fuel rods cool, and their spent fuel rods cool.

Wednesday’s extreme weather events across the southeastern United States, with close to 200 tornadoes touching down in several states, resulted in wiping whole towns off the map.

Times Free Press reports: TVA safely shut down its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama with emergency backup power this week, but power outages across the Tennessee Valley still left the utility without enough emergency sirens to warn nearby residents of potential safety problems at both Browns Ferry in Alabama and the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant near Soddy-Daisy.

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