"Nuclear Reactors Await Hurricane Sandy"

"Among the various immobile pieces of infrastructure in the path of the East Coast hurricane are around 20 nuclear reactors, from Calvert Cliffs in southern Maryland to Pilgrim in Plymouth, Mass., and Vermont Yankee, just north of the Massachusetts line in Vernon, Vt. But the industry and regulatory officials say that this is an anticipated challenge."

"At the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's mid-Atlantic office in King of Prussia, Pa., Diane Screnci, a spokeswoman, said that reactors in the region have undertaken routine preparations. 'They all have severe weather procedures,'' she said. 'They've gone through their procedures, making sure they have appropriate staff able to be on site, and that anything that's outside is fastened down.''

'They're all designed to withstand the natural phenomena, including hurricanes and what comes with hurricanes — high winds, high water, that kind of thing,' she said.  "

Matthew L. Wald reports for the New York Times' Green blog October 28, 2012.

Source: Green/NYT, 10/29/2012