(29 Apr 2011)
"An Energy Crisis looms ... It goes from Bad to Worse. It mirrors human behavior"
Over 250 killed as tornadoes ravage US south
"Infrastructure has been absolutely devastated,"
More than a few have lost everything.
Thursday April 28th, 2011
TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) loses all power transmission lines in Alabama and Mississippi, Browns Ferry Nuclear plant forced into emergency shutdown
Wednesday’s storms took out all of TVA’s electric power transmission lines in Mississippi and North Alabama, and forced Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant unto diesel backup power and into emergency and automatic cold shutdown.
It may be weeks before power can be restored to all of the 300,000 customers whose power is supplied by the federal utility.
He said the spent fuel pools also are being cooled by backup diesel power and are safe.
The repairs to the U.S. reactor's transmission lines would possibly take weeks, but the plant itself was undamaged.
The Browns Ferry nuclear power plant is located in Decatur on the banks of the Wheeler Reservoir along the Tennessee River about 170 miles north of the Alabama state capital of Montgomery.
It has three units -- the 1,065-MW Unit 1, the 1,104-MW Unit 2 and the 1,105-MW Unit 3 -- which are of similar design to the Fukushima Daiichi reactors
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is monitoring the plant amid heightened concern about the ability of nuclear plants to withstand natural disasters.
High Radiation Levels At Ohio Nuclear Plant Prompt Special Inspection 04/26/11
CLEVELAND -- High radiation levels recorded at a nuclear reactor in northeast Ohio have prompted a special inspection by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Nuclear Reactor Starts After ShutdownWAYNESBORO, Ga. —BP Texas City refinery restart stalls on power-sources
HOUSTON, April 27 475,000 barrel-per-day Texas City, Texas, refinery was waiting for a stable, redundant power supply on Wednesday before restarting following a Monday power outage, according to sources familiar with refinery operations.
The refinery filed notices with Texas pollution regulators on Tuesday and Wednesday listing Wednesday as the date the restarts would begin, but the refinery continues to wait for the power supply to be stabilized. Sources say there is a build up of hydrocarbons in the air.
The BP refinery, where 15 people were killed and 170 were hurt in an explosion six years ago, was among at least four plants in the city about 35 miles southeast of Houston that halted production.
Defiant Syria vows to keep up protest crackdown
DAMASCUS (AFP) – A defiant Syria vowed to restore "security and stability" despite growing international censure for its violent crushing of dissent, as activists called for more protests on Friday.
The UN Human Rights Council, meanwhile, has called a special session for Friday in Geneva on the crackdown in Syria.
"Friday of Anger, April 29, in solidarity with Daraa," says one notice.
So much to keep in prayer.