Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie nuclear power plant was forced to shut down for two days in August after jellyfish clogged the plant’s intake pipes.
An FPL spokesman said the public was never in danger.
Problems began Aug. 22, when he plant’s three intake pipes began sucking in a large number of moon jellyfish. Trash rakes and rotating screens that normally prevent debris from getting into storage tanks failed to keep up, allowing dead and dying jellyfish to become clogged.
Besides causing the plant to shut down, the jellyfish killed several tons of protected jewfish (goliath grouper) trapped in the intake canal.
Source: Palm Beach Post