Southport, North Carolina
Local population: 38,123 (10-mile radius)
Boiling Water Reactor
Licensed to operate from 12/27/74-12/27/34
Elevated Spent Fuel Pool, Fire Protection Problems, Groundwater Leaks Reported, Near Misses, Year Plus Outages
11/15/2011 Fission Stories #80 described how workers unsuccessfully attempted to restart the reactor prior to properly security the head on top of the reactor vessel.
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.
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
04/21/1992 Fission Stories #47 covers the shutdown of both reactors for a long time as workers rectified improperly installed supports for the emergency diesel generator building.
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