Emergency declared at North Carolina nuclear power plant

Floodwaters limit access. Reactors in hot shutdown mode.

“None of the roads are passable,” NRC spokesman Joey Ledford told the News & Observer. “The plant is safe. The reactors are in hot stand-by mode 3 shutdown.”

Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant – about 30 miles south of Wilmington – declared the state of emergency for an “unusual event”, the lowest required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, after roads surrounding the 1,200-acre complex were impacted by flooding and downed trees.

The plant is stable and poses no threat to public safety, Said Ledford. Floodwaters have not entered the facility or threatened any important equipment. The plant “remains safely shut down.”


Thanks to Vance for this link

12 thoughts on “Emergency declared at North Carolina nuclear power plant”

  1. NO ACCESS BY BOAT OR HELICOPTER? Really? Stuck on stupid or planned? Paddleboards! Jetskis! Zodiacs! INNERTUBES! Ultralites with pontoons! WTF!! Where is reason and common sense? Is EVERYBODY drunk or drugged? WHERE IS THE NEWS?? Even Hollywood missed out on this! If they would get off their arses and DO SOMETHING, instead of DISHING PROPAGANDA 24/7… I just do not know what to think anymore, Robert.

  2. I relate to Vances comments..we seem to have reached the age of peak stupid..or are fast approaching
    with close to 2 weeks prewarning and days since the lines were down and no power would be being drawn down
    why the hell it wasnt powered down sooner is a Q someone might ask with justification.
    especially if the waters continue rising
    no idea how high the plant is, but all to often whats taken to be supersafe etc isnt.

  3. Of course y’all know that they MUST discredit nuclear power: It so obviously presents an
    alternative to their shut-down of energy. If nuclear power were presented as safe just think of all their “emergency provisions” which would be stopped:
    –Agenda 21, which is the specific local enactment of removing human habitation from rural areas. It is being enacted locally all over the world. Haven’t you noticed all those empty stack & pack mega-apt bldgs being built in your town? They’re empty cuz they are awaiting all the people whose homes will be demolished because they are not “0 Carbon” powered.

    Please begin to educate yourself about this. The laws have already been enacted at the local level in California & maybe in your area too. It’s just the full implementation that’s delayed.

    http://osnetdaily.com/2014/03/agenda-21-rockefeller-builds-human-settlement-zones-in-connecticut/ Exc introductory summary.
    Corbett Report interview of Rosa Koire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7T7ulzNG7o

  4. To John the 1st re- hot shut down.
    Nuclear fission produces heat. When a reactor is producing copious heat and the operators want to shut it down they first have to mop up the excess free neutrons liberated by the fission process. Commonly they slide rods of neutron absorbent material into the reactor core. Gradually the thermally hot and high radio-active fuel rods get slowed down by their free neutrons being caught in the control rods but it takes hours for this process to take full effect. There are many daughter products of the nuclear reaction that also have to break down and in so doing, produce heat. The coolant pumps keep removing this radio-active decay heat. It will boil water for several hours. (You will find that Chernobyl and Fukushima were already in hot shut-down mode when their coolant pumps became unable to remove this excess “decay heat”. )
    This American reactor would have been pre-emptively shut down but so long as coolant (water) circulates there is no danger. The liquid water coolant also absorbs free neutrons but should it burst into steam it then has far less neutron absorbing capacity and of course, far less heat carrying capacity so the fission process then runs away in an upward spiral.

  5. Usually when a civilian nuclear power plant is operating it is operating at 100% capacity. Thus the amount of steam that it produces to drive turbine generators to produce electricity is constant. What happens when the demand for electric power decreases is that the “excess” steam is then routed to a “steam dump” which is simply a large condenser which condenses the steam back into water and then the water is passed back into the reactor to start the cycle all over again.

    Given that it can be a time consuming process to both stop a reactor plant down to and then start it back up from a total “cold” shutdown, then I suspect that the reactor is operating at 100% capacity with all the steam produced being diverted to the steam dump. That way when the situation has improved and they can send the electricity they could generate back to the grid all they have to do is reposition the valve that controls the flow of steam to the steam dump to allow the requisite amount of steam to flow to the turbine generators.

  6. Hot shutdown is the designed SAFE shutdown condition for the plant. Reactor is off. Plant is held in standby with reactor coolant pumps most likely running; ready to cool down to cold shutdown (Mode 4) or restart when conditions permit. All US plants have further backup resources due to Fukushima, called FLEX. You can look all this up.

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