Thursday's shutdown at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island was the second in as many months. Government regulators and plant officials say it poses no threat to public health or safety. Operator Exelon Generation Co. says no detectable levels of radiation escaped.
The failure of a coolant pump tripped a computerized system that shuts downs the reactor. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says once the reactor has cooled, plant workers can access the containment building and troubleshoot.
The plant also automatically shut down Aug. 22 while operators were manually shutting it down for repairs.
Of course they immediately stated that there is no danger of a leak.
You might not even blink twice after reading this article (the incident, which I might add, got way more air time in Canada and the UK vs the US), unless you happen to be keeping up to date on the US nuclear power situation lately.
If you have been keeping an eye on this topic, you might be scratching your head and wondering where they (the US powers that be) plan on getting their energy from in the near future.
The main stream media seems to be glossing over the nuclear power issue, or more importantly, glossing over the fact that more and more American nuclear reactors are being shut down almost monthly. Dutchsinse put out an article back in August that applauded the fact that the PTB are shutting down reactors:
"The USA is revoking NEW nuclear reactors, and cancelling permits for plants when the come up for review — until the “nuclear waste problem is solved”...
Japan and Germany did the same thing this past year…. shut down the nuclear plants when they come up for review.
I started a petition to have the plants shut down when they come up for review… started that petition at the whitehouse a few months ago…. got a few thousand signatures ….
Move forward to today.. August 9, 2012 — they announce ALL nuclear plants (new ones not being built.. current plants being shut )"
Little news article have come out in the US media with news of shut downs and problems for a while now.
-In July, 4 east coast reactors were shut down: http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/07/18/utilities-usa-heatwave-idINL2E8II52W20120718
-In August, 5 reactors were shut down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD5Vl_o31eo and HERE
-The huge San Onofre reactor in California was shut down last winter and has quietly slipped from the news and never been re-opened.
- In April the Diablo reactor was shut down because of tiny "jelly fish" (I kid you not)
Personally I would like to know what exactly is being done with all the worn out and defective nuclear facilities. There are quite a few articles that talk about power plants closing, but none that I can find that outline what steps are being taken to insure that these defunct plants are being closed in a truly safe manner.
Along with the closing down of so many nuclear reactors, coal plants are being shut down all over the US (don't get me wrong: I applaud this for the sake of our health and our environment) (don't be fooled: there is no such thing as "Clean Coal")
Natural Gas? There are still huge debates and arguments about the pipelines. Right now, the US imports the vast majority of it's natural gas from Canada (although one might ask why it is that they import AND export natural gas from/to Canada?)
Oil? Not many new oil fields being opened in the US right now, and they are still importing a huge amount.
The US Government has done everything in it's power to insure that green energy is tied up in so much red tape that the "green energy" products on the market in the US for Solar and Wind power are such pathetic, lowest quality, poorly designed products that they are literally a joke. Don't be fooled by the "green initiatives" and the bellowing voices from the Whitehouse that are telling you that they support green energy- that is a blatant lie. There are exceptional green energy systems available on the world market, but you'll never see them in the US because they don't WANT green energy.
...the outright banning of the Keshe Foundation technologies is just the latest in a long line of American blackballing of REAL green energy.
Which leads me to the question: Where has all the power gone?
Where does the American Government expect to get the power to light up the USA?
I don't know, but I find it convenient that as more and more power sources disappear, more and more wars in the Middle East are started.
Edited 09/21/2012- 6pm
An Anonymous reader left this excellent summary of nuclear reactor events from last month, and I felt that the information was important for everyone to read: