30 Jun '11, 1pm

Jellyfish clog the pipes at a nuclear power plant in Scotland, forcing it to shut down: via @goodcleantech

Jellyfish clog the pipes at a nuclear power plant in Scotland, forcing it to shut down: via @goodcleantech

A swarm of jellyfish has shut down a nuclear reactor in Scotland. The Torness nuclear power station uses sea water to help cool the reactors, but found an unusually high number of jellyfish clogging up the filters, forcing a shutdown that could last until next week. While it's unknown why the jellyfish gathered in such large numbers around the reactors, officials told the BBC that there was never any danger to the public. "There are no radiological aspects associated with this event and there has been no impact to the environment," a spokesperson explained. It's not an entirely new phenomenon, however, as jellyfish have been known to swarm nuclear plants in Japan, disrupting operations.

Full article: http://www.goodcleantech.com/2011/06/jellyfish_force_shut...

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