Jelly Fish Shuts Down Nuclear Power Plant
My Republican friends tell me EPA is an absolute nuisance, and in this economic downturn we must do away with it. When I tell them, absent regulatory bodies the industries are likely to pollute like there is no tomorrow, they say: nonsense, market takes care of itself. If I point them to global warming, or, other such environmental issues that are threatening our very existence, they say, we are too small to defend ourselves on our own, when the nature goes against us in such a massive way, we can only count on the mercy of God.
It appears that after all my conservative friends are right, when human beings would not listen to their good sense of judgment, and would rather surrender to their greed, God sends his army.
Just take the case of a nuclear power plant in Scotland that was forced to close after jellyfish fouled its water filters, and clogged the cooling system. The purpose of the filters is to block out seaweed and other debris from seawater, used for cooling water through heat exchangers in the plant. The jellyfish are too slimy and they adhere to the filters, and water cannot flow throw them.
The staff at the Torness plant near Dunbar tried their best; however, until they manually cleaned the filters, the plant could not go back on operation.
Nuclear power generation is a dangerous business, since the spent fuel rods, which are highly radioactive, are usually stored above ground in the generating plant itself. In the USA we are still looking for a site where the nuclear waste can be stored, however, the experts cannot agree about a venue. The risk of the radioactive leakage is paramount, and final words about their potential threat have not been spoken yet. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station disaster is still fresh in the mind of not only Japanese but people everywhere. Regardless, except Germany no other country has publicly declared any intent of moving away from nuclear industry!
Nonetheless, all is not lost, this incident of God sending out jelly fish as a warning for nuclear plants in Great Britain is not the only one of its kind. About a month ago, jellyfish invaded a cooling pipe at a Japanese nuclear plant and forced load reduction; and similar things happened in other Japanese plants as well.
Obviously, my rightwing friends are right—God is doing His part—we just need to sit tight and watch jelly fish doing their bid!