Millstone In Hot Water

August 23rd, 2012 at 12:39 am by under Weather

We covered this story on 22News last week, but I think it’s worth mentioning again.  Last week, the water in a portion of Long Island sound that the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut uses for cooling, warmed to over 75 degrees.  That temperature is too high ( according to it’s licensing regulations) to cool one of Millstone’s nuclear reactors.  So, the reactor shut down.  Another article from the Hartford Courant on this story reports that the average temperature of the  waters around the power plant have risen .67 degrees per decade since 1976.  That’s pretty significnat.   Another article from National Geographic reports on how drought and warm water are affecting the operations of other power stations across the country. 

All of this is concerning because it’s an example of how our changing climate can have a direct impact on our infrastructure and economy.  Less water for cooling could eventually mean less power for all of us.  This is a trend worth tracking.

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