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Jellyfish shut down Swedish nuclear reactor for three days

October 02, 2013, 17:46 UTC+3
Sea animals posed no threat to the nuclear power plant
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"Oceans" movie still. ITAR-TASS/ Filmpoisk.ru

"Oceans" movie still. ITAR-TASS/ Filmpoisk.ru

STOCKHOLM, October 2 (Itar-Tass) – One of the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) units of the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant was shut down three days ago and restarted on Wednesday. The plant’s press service reported that reactor shutdown did not undermine security of the power plant, adding that the overwhelming number of jellyfish in the water did somewhat damage parts of the reactor which are responsible for seawater filtration. While the plant has to clean filters each year due to marine animal activity, this year the number of jellyfish was particularly high, the spokesperson concluded.

The Oskarshamn nuclear power plant is one of the most powerful nuclear plants in Sweden. 

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