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June 16, 2008

Digital Camera Triggers Nuke Plant Shutdown

In a story that reinforces the adage "life is stranger than fiction," The Journal News reports that a digital camera interfered with critical equipment at New York City's Indian Point nuclear station in March, triggering a premature shutdown.

The camera was being used as part of a normal inspection process and was emitting radio frequencies that interfered with the plant's control system feeding water to the steam generators which make electricity. The interference caused low water levels which led to the plant's premature shutdown, two days earlier than expected. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which is responsible for overseeing nuclear plants in the United States, expressed confidence that this interference could not be deliberately carried out from a distance as part of a malicious act.

Posted by covey22 at June 16, 2008 6:50 PM