ZEUS, GREEK GOD OF LIGHTNING, SPEAKS:
MILLSTONE 2 STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
LOSES USE OF 2 OF 4 CRITICAL CIRCULATING WATER PUMPS
ACCORDING TO INITIAL REPORT TO NRC
Millstone Unit 2 remains shut down today after lightning struck the 41-year-old nuclear reactor during a freakish summer storm event on Thursday, August 11.
Operators had to manually shut the nuclear reactor down after noticing the loss of two out of four circulating water pumps, critical to cooling the reactor.
In Dominion’s emergency report to the NRC, the company stated:
“The cause of the circulating water pump trips is currently unknown, but initial indications are that the pumps tripped due to a lightning strike that caused an electrical perturbation.”
“Perturbation” means the act of throwing something into great disorder.
In astronomy, as Zeus would understand, a perturbation occurs when a celestial body deviates from a regular orbit under extraordinary conditions.
Translation: This is serious.
Nevertheless, Dominion waited more than an hour before reporting the trip to the NRC.
Dominion also omitted to state in its notification is customary palaver that no radiation was released to the environment and the public was not endangered by the event.
Any time a nuclear power plant shuts down, it is designed to release “unusual” levels of radioactivity to the air. The recent rains have assured that the burden of radioactivity released by Unit 2 after the lightning strike rained down on the unsuspecting nearby population of families and children.
And that’s serious.