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Originally posted by NEWclearMind
reply to post by Vitchilo
There is no "Emergency level 4". There are, however four categories of emergencies:
-site area emergency
The highest level EMERGENCY ACTION LEVEL that flooding will get you is alert. I am looking at the EAL Classification Matrix if you would like to google it, it may be online. I am at work right now, at a nuclear plant. I know what I'm talking about. I love how people love to sensationalize things.
Originally posted by navy_vet_stg3
Watch the FULL STORY before you get all scared, thinking this is going to melt down. The power plant is shut down for refueling! (rolls eyes). Once again, here's the full story.
edit on 15-6-2011 by navy_vet_stg3 because: OP posted the full article, and I skipped right over it.
From the air the nuclear plant looks like it is about to be swallowed up by the Missouri River but on the ground you can see that man is controlling nature, or at least keeping her in check. OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson says, "We're protected far above where this is projected to go." It helps that the facility was built to withstand a 500-year flood event and Hanson says there are feet of protection between the Missouri and the important structures on site. That was before the aqua dams were put in place. Hanson says the plant has plans and procedures in place and practice flood defense. The aqua dams add another layer of protection from flooding. Jeff Hanson says, "Protecting the vital assets we have sandbagged and placed earthen berms around the substations which guarantees the power can get into the plant to keep the plant powered." The facility was taken offline to refuel earlier this year so the containment building has been flooded by OPPD in order to cool the fuel rods. Hanson adds they have a number of backup systems in place to continue to pump clean water through the spent fuel pool and into the reactor containment building so he says there is nothing to fear.