13 Sep '18, 3am

Union of Concerned Scientists: Hurricane Florence On Track to Hit East Coast Nuclear Plants.

WASHINGTON (September 12, 2018)—At least two nuclear power plants may be in harm’s way when Hurricane Florence hits the East Coast later this week: Brunswick near Wilmington, North Carolina, and Surry near Williamsburg, Virginia. Both are vulnerable to hurricane-force winds and flooding, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), but just how vulnerable is difficult to say. There is not a clear picture of either plant’s vulnerabilities because the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has withheld key flood protection preparedness reports it required in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, where flooding caused three reactor core meltdowns. However, both Brunswick and Surry have had potentially serious problems that their owners may or may not have fixed. Brunswick owner Duke Energy reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in November 2012 that there were...

Full article: https://www.ucsusa.org/press/2018/hurricane-florence-trac...

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