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Regulators warn of flood risk at SC nuclear plant The Associated Press, Oct. 5, 2012  CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Federal regulators say the danger of flooding at Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station in South Carolina  is higher than previously thought.

The Charlotte Observer  reported ( the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission  has notified the Charlotte-based utility about
the risks.

The report says estimates of flooding have increased substantially if
the 385-foot high Jocassee Dam failed upstream from the three reactors
near Seneca, S.C.

The report warns such flooding could leave the station blacked out.
The NRC removed large parts of the report from the public version in
order to protect infrastructure that could become a security target.

Duke says Oconee is safe and the utility has taken steps to reduce flood risks.

The NRC began a formal study of the safety implications of dam failure
on nuclear plants in March.

October 5, 2012 - Posted by | safety, USA

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