Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Jersey Nuclear plant on alert as Superstorm Sandy threatens cooling system of spent uranium fuel rods

If cooling ceased, the pool would take 25 hours to reach boiling point.

The spokesman said the company could use water from a fire hose to cool the pool if necessary. The used uranium rods in the pool could cause the water to boil without additional coolant: in an extreme scenario the rods could overheat, risking the eventual release of radiation.