As I told you this morning, Unit 2 at the Millstone nuclear power plant in Connecticut had to be shut down yesterday because the water used to cool the reactor exceeded the operational temperature set out in Millstone’s license. What I didn’t know then was that the NRC had tried to help Millstone get around the requirement. As an NBC affiliate in Connecticut reported today:
The federal agency issued an emergency license amendment last week, allowing Millstone, a subsidiary of Dominion, to use an average temperature of several readings. Even with the revised method of calculating water temperature, the water was too hot for the plant’s operations.