Jellyfish Force Closure of British Nuclear Power Plant

by Owen James Burke

British power plant Torness was shut down in Scotland on Tuesday after large numbers of jellyfish were found to be clogging cooling water filters. The shutdown was just cautionary, and the plant operator assures that there was never any public danger.

Still, the cleanup could take weeks. The plant relies on two Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors, which use seawater as a backup. Despite a screen that was installed to prevent sea life from entering the plant’s cooling system, tons of jellyfish still managed their way in.

Where did the jellyfish come from? Temperatures along Scotland’s coast have been quite normal, but higher temperatures in other parts of the North Sea may be the cause, as warm waters are usually responsible for triggering such heavy blooms, say officials.

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*via upi and bbc*

 

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