Southport, North Carolina
Local population: 38,123 (10-mile radius)
Boiling Water Reactor
Licensed to operate from 11/12/76-09/08/36
Elevated Spent Fuel Pool, Fire Protection Problems, Groundwater Leaks Reported, Year Plus Outages
Related Links & Documents
06/06/2010Fission Stories #37 describes how unfamiliarity with new computer systems prevented workers at the plant from calling in responders in a timely manner after an emergency was declared.
12/10/2007 UCS complimented NRC Region II for a safety problem identified by its special inspection team that prompted Unit 1 to shut down on September 9, 2007, for repairs. Download the pdf
09/18/2006 UCS documented the factors leading to the year-plus reactor outage that began in April 1992 in this case study for our Walking a Nuclear Tightrope report. See details | Download the pdf
07/15/2005 UCS explained an event where the reactor automatically shut down due to an electrical short but one of the safety systems – the reactor core isolation cooling system – failed to function. Download the pdf
04/1981Fission Stories #115 reported how workers removed blue mussels, barnacles, and tubeworms that had been partially blocking the flow from the plant’s cooling systems.