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[...] an interruption [was] caused by a large tree falling onto a transmission line.
Tennessee Valley Authority spokeswoman Gail Rymer says automatic shutdown procedures began at the Watts Bar plant when the electrical fault was detected on Friday afternoon.
Rymer says a homeowner cut down the tree that fell onto a 500 kilovolt transmission line close to the plant [...]
Originally posted by JBA2848
reply to post by aboutface
Nuclear power plants are not allowed to run on there own energy. It is a safety measure put in place to keep a power plant from being a run away bomb I guess. So the guy probably is on the same power grid the plant runs on. The three days would be having to go through a long shut down process a check of systems then a restart process.edit on 3-7-2013 by JBA2848 because: (no reason given)
It's a good question.
Originally posted by aboutface
Exactly my problem with the story. I'm still having trouble understanding how this could happen if it was a transmission line.
Grid problems are usually carefully analyzed and studied.
The first reactor the Chicago Pile had control rods held up with rope and the term scram was Safety Control Rod Axe Man
If something went wrong there was a guy that would run up with a axe and cut the rope.