A broken cooling water pump at Fermi 2 yesterday plus
60% lost safety data today.
Airflow and quality problems at Kewaunee and Three Mile Island.
Drugs at Saint Lucie in Florida
and alcohol at Nine Mile Point 1 in New York and
at Braidwood in Illinois.
And four workers injured at Callaway in Missouri.
Apparently nuke employees can get terminated for off-site
recreational drug use, but not for fires or broken equipment.
If you think of nuclear reactors as something far away,
or as much safer than Fukushima,
you’re in for a surprise.
The most notorious reactors are the ones not yet built,
units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle near Augusta and their
famous financial boondoggle.
But others are closer, older, and more numerous than you may know.
Here’s a map by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
That map’s not clickable, so here’s a table,
selected from an
by distance from Valdosta:
Distance from Valdosta
Hatch 1 & 2*
11 miles N of Baxley, GA
Farley 1 & 2
18 miles SE of Dothan, AL
Crystal River 3
80 miles N of Tampa, FL
Vogtle 1 & 2
26 miles SE of Augusta, GA
26 miles NW of Columbia, SC
Saint Lucie 1 & 2
10 miles SE of Ft. Pierce, FL
30 miles W of Greenville, SC
26 miles NW of Florence, SC
Sequoya 1 & 2
16 miles NE of Chattanooga, TN
Catawba 1 & 2
18 miles S of Charlotte, NC
McGuire 1 & 2
17 miles N of Charlotte, NC
Browns Ferry 1,2,3*
32 miles W of Huntsville, AL
Turkey Point 3 & 4
20 miles S of Miami, FL
Brunswick 1 & 2*
40 miles S of Wilmington, NC
25 miles W of New Orleans, LA
Shearon Harris 1
20 miles SW of Raleigh, NC
* GE Mark I;
Duke: Duke Energy Power Company, LLC;
Entergy: Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.;
FPL: Florida Power & Light Co.;
PGN: Progress Energy;
SCEG: South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.;
SNOC: Southern Nuclear Operating Company;
TVA: Tennessee Valley Authority