Nuclear Reactor in Maryland Damaged by Hurricane Irene

29 08 2011

http://inhabitat.com/nuclear-reactor-in-maryland-damaged-by-hurricane-irene/

by Mark Boyer, 08/28/11

Hurricane Irene, nuclear power, nuclear reactor, green energy, nuclear reactors, Maryland, New Jersey, natural disasters, Tropical Storm Irene,

A nuclear reactor in Maryland was damaged by wind and others were taken offline as a precaution after Hurricane Irene blew through the East Coast on Sunday. According to the Guardian, Constellation Energy’s Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Lusby, Maryland went into automatic shutdown on Sunday when a piece of aluminum siding was ripped off a nearby building and damaged a transformer. The damage was declared an “unusual event,” the lowest of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s emergency classifications. A second reactor at the plant was still operating and no power outages were expected.

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