Friday a reactor tripped off, and NRC got around to telling us about it today: Millstone 3, 3.2 miles WSW of New London, Connecticut, about half way between Boston and New York. I hear a few people live around there. That’s its second downtime in six months. Why is nuclear considered reliable baseload? Distributed solar power wouldn’t all be down at once, and wouldn’t risk irradiating millions of people.
Here’s Event Number 49260:
Power Reactor Event Number: 49260 Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [ ] 
RX Type:  GE-3, CE, W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHEL CICCONE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/09/2013
Notification Time: 22:27 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2013
Event Time: 21:19 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/09/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) – RPS ACTUATION – CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) – VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
MEL GRAY (R1DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode 3 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby
Millstone 3 was already down from April 14th through May 17th:
Next door, Millstone 2 was down for two weeks last August due to heat. Will it do that again this August?
PS: Owed to Erica Gray.