US Nuclear Plant Without Power After Being Hit By Tornado

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The Intel Hub
By Alex Thomas
April 18th,

Widespread tornadoes have has hit states from North Carolina to Oklahoma and cut out power at a nuclear power plant in Virgina.

The tornadoes wrecked havoc in North Carolina, killing 22 people and causing FEMA to send over two thousand workers to the area.

According to Dominion Virginia Power, the two nuclear reactors in Virgina shut down automatically due to power being cut to the plant. U.S. officials and Dominion Virgina Power have claimed that no radiation was released.

“Dominion Virginia Power said the two reactors shut down automatically when a tornado cut off power to the plant. A backup diesel generator kicked in to cool the fuel. The regulator said no radiation was released and staff were working to restore electricity to the plant,” The Guardian reported on Monday.

This situation was quickly labeled an “unusual event,” the lowest of the emergency classification levels. An unusual event is defined as a condition at a commercial nuclear power plant that could potentially compromise normal safety levels.

While officials most likely have this condition under control, one has to wonder due to the record of the NRC and the fact that all radiation releases worldwide have been covered up to a certain extent.

This fact was outlined beautifully in a round table discussion that included Arnie Gundersen, Duane Peterson (president of VPIRG & coordinator for the campaign to retire Vermont Yankee nuclear plant), investigative reporter Harvey Wasserman and Paul Gallay. (executive director of Riverkeeper)

From this discussion and easily obtained research three clear cut examples of corruption can be seen.(Outlined By Washington’s Blog)

  • The NRC is wholly captive to industry
  • The NRC has never turned down the request of a nuclear power plant to be relicensed in the United States. Re-licensing is solely a paper process; there is no safety review.

It is clear that the American citizens cannot 100% trust the NRC or the companies involved with operating nuclear power plants throughout America due to the fact that both the government and private companies benefit from downplaying each and every disaster.

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