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Given that Small Animals Have REPEATEDLY Shut Down Nuclear Plants, Should We Really Be Running These Things?

from Washingtons Blog:

Animals Have Repeatedly Shut Down Nuclear Plants

Rats have repeatedly shut down the Fukushima nuclear plant’s cooling systems.

But that’s not the first time that animals have foiled nuclear plants.

Dave Lochbaum – nuclear engineer with the Union of Concerned Scientists (interview here and here) – reported last year:

On December 29, 2012, a pelican started an emergency diesel generator for the Unit 2 reactor at the Surry nuclear plant in Virginia. The pelican contacted an overheard power cable causing a short that de-energized one of the connections between the plant and its offsite electrical power grid. One of the emergency diesel generators automatically started in response to indications that electrical voltage inside the plant were decreasing. Both reactors at Surry were operating at 100 percent power at the time and continued operating throughout the power disruption.

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