WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has initiated a “special inspection” at an atomic power plant in New Jersey that was threatened by Hurricane Sandy late last month, following concerns from watchdog groups that the storm highlighted vulnerabilities that could terrorists could also exploit.
The inspection of the Oyster Creek facility in Lacey Township, N.J., began on Tuesday, according to an NRC statement. Three NRC officials are reviewing the circumstances that prompted the plant to declare an emergency “alert” during the storm. The alert was related to high water levels that threatened to submerge a water pump motor used to cool water in the plant’s spent fuel pool.
In the statement on Tuesday, the commission insisted that there were “no actual impacts” or “immediate s