Duke Energy officials describe the flaw as a small depression in a welding seam. They say the public was never in danger. Critics aren’t so sure. “The industry has had this problem for a number of years and they haven’t been able to figure out how to prevent it from…
Since 1998, NC WARN has worked with the Union of Concerned Scientists and other groups to warn that nuclear plants are highly vulnerable to acts of malice. Since 9-11, the industry has continued to place more emphasis on cost-cutting and creating a public relations image of security rather than on actual improvements.
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As 9/11 anniversary approaches, the industry still wags the NRC.
It’s too early to know the impact of Japan’s emergency on public health and the industry. But new projects worldwide likely will be delayed as the events at Fukushima are analyzed, and changes are debated in plant design, regulation and emergency planning.
NC WARN’s director Jim Warren debates Duke Energy’s nuclear policy director Steve Nesbit on Charlotte’s public radio station.
Progress Energy sends out safety information manuals annually to everyone living within ten miles of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant, but critics say if something goes wrong at the plant, not nearly enough thought has gone into keeping people safe.
The unfolding nuclear plant crisis in Japan could pose significant problems for Duke Energy’s effort to build a new reactor near Gaffney, SC.
Threats to the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant have people asking could a major disaster happen here?
*See Note to Editor & UCS Indictment of NRC