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Brunswick Unit 1

Southport, North Carolina
Local population: 38,123 (10-mile radius)


Boiling Water Reactor


Licensed to operate from 11/12/76-09/08/36


Progress Energy

Safety Issues:

Elevated Spent Fuel Pool, Fire Protection Problems, Groundwater Leaks Reported, Year Plus Outages

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Related Links & Documents

06/06/2010  Fission 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

04/1981   Fission Stories #115 reported how workers removed blue mussels, barnacles, and tubeworms that had been partially blocking the flow from the plant’s cooling systems.