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A perfect target for terrorists – nuclear reactor’s cooling ponds

The Department of Homeland Security has marked Shearon Harris as one of the most vulnerable terrorist targets in the nation.

Nuclear Waste Pools in North Carolina .In Top 25 Censored Stories for 2010 Project Censored, Organic Consumers Association January 3, 2010 One of the most lethal patches of ground in North America is located in the backwoods of North Carolina, where Shearon Harris nuclear plant is housed and owned by Progress Energy. The plant contains the largest radioactive waste storage pools in the country.

It is not just a nuclear-power-generating station, but also a repository for highly radioactive spent fuel rods from two other nuclear plants. The spent fuel rods are transported by rail and stored in four densely packed pools filled with circulating cold water to keep the waste from heating. The Department of Homeland Security has marked Shearon Harris as one of the most vulnerable terrorist targets in the nation.
The threat exists, however, without the speculation of terrorist attack. Should the cooling system malfunction, the resulting fire would be virtually unquenchable and could trigger a nuclear meltdown, putting more than two hundred million residents of this rapidly growing section of North Carolina in extreme peril. A recent study by Brookhaven Labs estimates that a pool fire could cause 140,000 cancers, contaminate thousands of square miles of land, and cause over $500 billion in off-site property damage.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has estimated that there is a 1:100 chance of pool fire happening under the best of scenarios. And the dossier on the Shearon Harris plant is far from the best. In 1999 the plant experienced four emergency shutdowns. A few months later, in April 2000, the plant’s safety monitoring system, designed to provide early warning of a serious emergency, failed. And it wasn’t the first time. Indeed, the emergency warning system at Shearon Harris has failed fifteen times since the plant opened in 1987…..

Nuclear Waste Pools in North Carolina

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January 3, 2010 - Posted by | safety, USA | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. we not in need for nuclear technology get afterthat nuclear bomb facing us and coming ofsprings – NO for nuclear technology

    Comment by adelhakim | March 20, 2011 | Reply


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