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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:06 PM

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.


Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2012/11/15/2520136/cracks-found-at-nuclear-power.html

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