Cracks found at nuclear power plant north of Columbia [View all]
Source: The State
COLUMBIA, SC — Utility engineers are working to seal cracks at a Fairfield County atomic power plant before the fractures widen and make the plant more vulnerable to a nuclear accident.
The SCE&G plant doesn’t present any current threat to the public, but cracks in the reactor head at the nuclear plant are a concern that must be addressed, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Without repairs, the small cracks could widen and allow water that keeps the reactor cool to escape. In a nuclear plant, it is important to keep cool water circulating through the reactor to avoid a meltdown of atomic fuel and possible release of radiation.
Instead of sealing cracks in the aging reactor head, SCE&G should install a new head, as some other power plants have done, Columbia anti-nuclear activist Tom Clements said.