Nuclear power plant in Missouri prepared for natural disaster

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Posted on March 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 16 at 12:09 PM

 

(KMOV)-- In the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan, nuclear power plants in other parts of the world are scrambling to secure their sites.
 
The closest plant to St. Louis is the Callaway Nuclear Plant near Fulton, which is about 2 hours from downtown St. Louis.
 
If the New Madrid Fault triggered a major earthquake near here, Ameren Missouri says they have a plan in place to avoid disaster.
 
In fact, officials are confident when they say what is happening in Japan will not happen here. Because we only live a few hundred miles from the New Madrid Fault, though, Missourians should take note of the disaster.
 
In Japan right now, crews are using sea water to cool reactors. The massive amount of water needed for the cooling system at Callaway comes from the Missouri River just a few miles away.
 
Ameren says they have taken extra precautions to avoid the problems an earthquake could cause.
 
“We have backup emergency diesel generators to supply emergency power, we have backup cooling water sources for emergency cooling water, and multiple ways we can safely shut the plant down in the event of natural disaster,” Rick Eastman of Ameren Missouri said.
 
The Callaway Plant also has equipment to detect movement of the earth. Ameren will automatically shut the plant down if an earthquake is detected.

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