May 10, 2015 9:45 am -


A large explosion has rocked the Indian Point nuclear plant in upstate New York, the facility’s management reported. Entergy Corporation, the company running the plant, said the affected parts of the facility were “safely shut down” and in “safe and stable condition” after a transformer failure on Saturday. An Entergy spokesman told Reuters news agency that…


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9 responses to Explosion Rocks New York Nuclear Power Plant

  1. Buford2k11 May 10th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Yeah, Nuclear energy is a fading idea, until and unless there are new developments in the safety of this industry…Fukushima is a glowing example of this failure…This is very similar to the Big Oil’s lack of the same effort in cleaning up the messes they make on OUR behalf…Nuclear power is dangerous and permanent without the safeguards we need to be developed and implemented…this is not a partisan issue…

    • StoneyCurtisll May 10th, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Chernobyl and Fukushima…’glowing’ examples of why we all deed to go green..

    • Kara Connor May 10th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Sounded like a transformer problem, which is not unique to nuclear power stations and poses no radiation danger, if that’s what it is.

  2. FatRat May 10th, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Three things came to mind.

    1) Terrorism.
    2) Horrible accident or minor accident.
    3) screw the limit.

    • Guy Lauten May 10th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Huh, what I think of when I read this is that someone skipped the transformer’s regular maintenance schedule. These things need their coolant lines cleaned and when they don’t get it they can lose all coolant flow and blow up. Maintenance on these ancient beasts is one of the biggest problems with these old reactor emplacements. It is my guess that the transformer was either too old to continue in service and it was deemed too expensive to replace it at this time, or someone got lazy and didn’t do the clean-out correctly. Either way, the whole place is about as reliable as this one transformer. And just up the road from NYC…

  3. StoneyCurtisll May 10th, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    wind and solar power..
    No need to fear a catastrophic melt down..
    No worries about radioactivity..
    No harmful carbon emissions..
    Every day I see theses massive columns being hauled on the highway, (3 part support towers for wing generators)
    And the blades on railroad cars, (takes two cars to carry one blade)..
    This is the future..
    I was recentlty in Iowa, and saw wind generators by the hundreds.. (it was a beautiful site)
    Iowa creates 25% of their energy consumption from wind Farms…
    In backwards ass Kansas, (Koch brother owned) they are trying to put a massive tax on wind generated energy..
    It makes no sense to me, (but I’m not heavily invested int he oil industry) like the Koch bros.

  4. Paula May 10th, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Light water reactors are inherently unsafe. They require external energy to keep the reactors from overheating. If power is lost like Fukushima and Chernobyl they will melt down and even the containment vessel will be breached. 95% of a light water reactors fuel rods becomes radioactive waste. Uranium is more scarce than gold it is so costly that the price of nuclear energy is not competitive with alternate types, when the tax payer subsidized costs are included in the total cost per KW.

    The alternatives are wind, solar, coal, natural gas and Liquid Floride Thorium Reactors. LFTR. LFTR uses cheap and abundant thorium. 99.5% of the Thorium is converted to energy with less than 1% left over as radioactive waste. LFTR is inherently safe. If external power is lost the plug at the bottom of the reaction vessel melts and the liquid floride flows out of the reactor vessel and the reactor automatically shuts down. Absolutely no power is required to shut down a LFTR. LFTR is a fast breeder reaction, protons are easily emitted in a cascading effect that enables the nuclear reaction to propagate and continue. The concept was proven during the 50’s but was not chosen because light water reactors were already being used in Submarines and they also produced material that could be used in nuclear war-heads.

    It is a shame that LFTR has not been used as a safe, cheap and abundant source of electricity. The can be scaled to the needs of the community or the job requirements. They are portable and eliminate the need for long, expensive, unsightly, power robbing high voltage lines and towers.

  5. William May 10th, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Relax. It’s just a little case of nuclear flatulence. As explained here in great scientific detail by the really smart Japanese nuclear industry. We have nothing to worry about.

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  6. Warman1138 May 11th, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Just think of all of the money we’ll save on lighting if we can glow in the dark.