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U.S. Nuclear Reactors

Reactor:
Hope Creek
Location:

Salem, New Jersey
Local population: 71,595 (10-mile radius)

Type:

Boiling Water Reactor

Status:

Operating
Licensed to operate from 07/25/86-04/11/46

Owner:

PSEG Nuclear

Safety Issues:

Elevated Spent Fuel Pool, Flooding Hazard, Groundwater Leaks Reported


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Related Links & Documents

05/17/2009   Fission Stories #13 explains how a broken air line caused some control rods to insert into the reactor core, reducing the reactor’s power level and water level inside the reactor vessel which caused all the control rods to fully insert.

06/08/2005   UCS explained an event where steam leaking from a cracked pipe weld caused the reactor to be shut down.  Download the pdf

01/28/2005   UCS asked the NRC if recent management changes at the plant had conformed with changes made in 2004 to guard against retaliation against workers raising safety concerns.  Download the pdf

01/08/2005   UCS updated its explanation of an October 2004 event where a steam pipe broke causing the reactor to be shut down.  Download the pdf

10/13/2004   UCS explained an event where a steam pipe broke causing the reactor to be shut down.  See additional info

02/02/2004   UCS commended the NRC for taking steps to address apparent safety culture problems at the Hope Creek and Salem nuclear plants.  Download the pdf

07/08/1995   Fission Stories #33 describes how good intentions degraded cooling of the water inside the reactor vessel, leading to its heatup to unauthorized levels. 

08/30/1989   Fission Stories #13 explains how a broken air line caused some control rods to insert into the reactor core, reducing the reactor’s power level and water level inside the reactor vessel which caused all the control rods to fully insert.