Hurricaine Florence:Unspoken Danger

Officials Work To Shut Down At-Risk Nuclear Power Plants In Path of Hurricane Florence
Two at-risk nuclear power plants – one with same Fukushima plant design – are in the center of Hurricane Florence’s path of destruction when it makes landfall The storm is predicted to directly pass over the Brunswick Nuclear Plant – about 30 miles south of Wilmington – and the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, farther inland in North Carolina when it makes landfall...

Obama Announcement Drives Up Japanese Nuclear Reactor Makers
2/17/10 DailyFinance:
In Japan shares of Toshiba Corp. surged 6.3% after President Obama told an audience he endorsed nuclear power and earmarked $8.3 billion for the construction of two nuclear power plants. If approved, the contract would go to Southern Co. and its partners, which would build reactors designed by Westinghouse -- that helped build the first nuclear power plants in America. According to The New York Times, there are now 104 nuclear reactors in the U.S., but a new plant has not been constructed since 1973. Japan, a country with extremely limited local energy resources, operates 55 nuclear reactors, has two more under construction, and even more in the planning stages....

Nuclear Inspections Allegedly Faked at Southern's Power Plant
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday it’s fining Southern Co.for faking inspections at the same nuclear power plant in Georgia where it’s been trying for years to build new reactors...Southern is building two reactors in eastern Georgia, the first new American nuclear project to be approved in three decades, but has seen cost estimates double to more than $25 billion.

Why Southern Company Just Sold Billions In Prime Assets
The Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 nuclear construction project currently under construction in Georgia is likely to come in about 100 percent over budget at a cost approximating $25 billion for the two unit station. That the cost is wildly uncompetitive in today’s power markets is fortunately for SO not at issue. Southern's Georgia Power subsidiary is a monopoly. But regulators even in traditionally supportive Georgia have indicated that excessive nuclear construction costs will not be borne solely by utility customers.

Six nuclear power plants in Hurricane Florence's path, officials say>
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Meet Air Force Pilots Flying Into Hurricane Florence
September 13, 2018 2:16 PM
 Members of the flight crew stand in front of U.S. Air Force Reserve "Hurricane Hunter" WC-130J aircraft exhibition during its Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour, in Panama City, Panama, April 26, 2018.
A video of the U.S. Air Force Reserve's "Hurricane Hunters" flying through the center of Hurricane Florence went viral.
”Our mission is instead of flying into a war zone, we're flying into a natural disaster zone.” ...Between Florence and storms in the Gulf of Mexico and Hawaii, the daredevil crews who fly planes into the heart of extreme weather to record meteorological data have had a busy week...The Hurricane Hunters began in 1947 when an Air Corp pilot flew through the eye of a hurricane on a dare and realized it could be a useful way of measuring storms. The crews have evolved since then to become an essential part of how the U.S. tracks and analyzes hurricanes.

...Another concern is potential danger from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in north-central Japan. An emergency evacuation has been ordered for those within three kilometers of the facility. While all Japanese nuclear facilities across the country have reportedly shut down automatically, and at this time there seems to be no danger, the government declared a nuclear safety emergency as a precaution. The United States has mobilized additional military support to assist the Japanese government effort... The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan changed course to bring helicopter and other support in case of a Japanese government request for assistance. Likewise, three U.S. Navy warships already in Asia are readying in anticipation of humanitarian assistance.

FUKUSHIMA: Nuclear renaissance threatened

GE the largest U.S.-based reactor builder, focused on the situation at the Fukushima reactor, weren’t available to comment on the outlook for the industry, Michael Tetuan, a spokesman for the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company, said in an e-mailed message. “In general, our business is going very well, but the situation in Japan is troubling,” said Vaughn Gilbert, a spokesman for Toshiba Corp. (6502)’s Westinghouse nuclear unit... Damaged Japanese Daiichi reactor, designed by General Electric Co. (GE) is similar to units running in the U.S....Preliminary construction has begun on new reactors in Georgia and South Carolina, where state regulators allow companies to recover the cost of reactors as they are built ...

Japan, the Persian Gulf and Energy
March 15, 2011
...Japan is the world’s third-largest economy, a bit behind China now. It is also the third-largest industrial economy, behind only the United States and China...For Japan, a country that went to war with the United States over energy in 1941 and was devastated as a result, this was no small thing. Japan had a safety net. The destruction of a series of nuclear reactors not only creates energy shortages and fear of radiation; it also drives home the profound and very real vulnerability underlying all of Japan’s success. Japan does not control the source of its oil, it does not control the sea lanes over which coal and other minerals travel, and it cannot be certain that its nuclear reactors will not suddenly be destroyed. To the extent that economics and politics are psychological, this is a huge blow. Japan lives in constant danger, both from nature and from geopolitics. What the earthquake drove home was just how profound and how dangerous Japan’s world is....
It is difficult to imagine another industrial economy as inherently insecure as Japan’s. Japan’s problem is that its enormous industrial plant is built in a country almost totally devoid of mineral resources. It must import virtually all of the metals and energy that it uses to manufacture industrial products. It maintains stockpiles, but should those stockpiles be depleted and no new imports arrive, Japan stops being an industrial power.
There are multiple sources for many of the metals Japan imports, so if supplies stop flowing from one place it can get them from other places. The geography of oil is more limited. In order to access the amount of oil Japan needs, the only place to get it is the Persian Gulf. The geography of the Persian Gulf is extraordinary. It is a narrow body of water opening into a narrow channel through the Strait of Hormuz. Any diminution of the flow from any source in the region, let alone the complete closure of the Strait of Hormuz, would have profound implications for the global economy. For Japan it could mean being unable to secure the amount of oil needed at any price. The movement of tankers, the limits on port facilities and long-term contracts that commit oil to other places could make it impossible for Japan to physically secure the oil it needs to run its industrial plant. On an extended basis, this would draw down reserves and constrain Japan’s economy dramatically...

US, Japan to Create Partnership to Rebuild After Disaster
Announcement made Sunday by US Secretary of State Clinton's on her visit to Tokyo
As a series of perceptible aftershocks continued to rattle Tokyo, Clinton met Sunday with Japan's foreign minister, had tea with the emperor and empress, then held talks with Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki...Japan and the United States agreed to create a public-private partnershiP to help rebuild communities devastated by last month's magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami. U.S. And Japanese businesses, public officials and civil society NGOs will cooperate to speed the recovery of the region hit hardest by Japan's worst-ever natural disaster in modern times. Matsumoto told the U.S. secretary of state the assistance Washington has provided, including American military forces 20,000 personnel and nearly 200 aircraft and vessels stationed in Japan for relief activities in Japan is greatly appreciated. The U.S. Government also sent experts from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Energy Department to help Japan deal with the emergency at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Japan has faced criticism at home and abroad for delayed and opaque information about what has been happening at the damaged facility. The foreign minister pledged that the Japanese government would be more forthcoming about the unresolved nuclear crisis, saying "...we would like to disclose the information about the situation, as we should, to the international community." Prime Minister Kan, already on shaky political ground before the March 11 earthquake, is facing increasing calls to step down because of a perceived lack of leadership in response to the nuclear disaster.

Florence Begins Assault on Carolina Outer Banks, Landfall Looms
North Carolina is the largest tobacco grower and ranks second among U.S. states in hog inventory and producing broiler chickens. CoBank ACB, an agricultural lender, estimates damage to North Carolina farming could hit $1 billion before the storm slows.
Along with agriculture, the Carolinas stand as an important regional hub for banking, technology, manufacturing and transportation, accounting for about 4 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, according to a Bloomberg U.S. economic analysis. The path may affect more than 4,000 manufacturing and distribution facilities, potentially hurting sectors including auto-parts and packaged foods, according to Bloomberg Supply Chain data.

Evacuations ordered for four military bases as Florence approaches
More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas  ahead of the storm...Federal officials warned millions in Florence’s sights could be without electricity for weeks, if high winds down power lines and massive rainfall floods equipment. There are 16 nuclear reactors in the region, and crews at the one closest to where landfall is forecast readied the station at Brunswick for a shutdown, officials for the operator, Duke Electric said...
The Navy commander of the Mid-Atlantic region authorized an emergency evacuation order for personnel who live in the low-lying area under mandatory evacuation, and corrections officials said they had evacuated a prison in that area. The mayor of the District of Columbia joined Maryland’s governor in declaring an emergency in the nation’s capital.
From the Outer Banks to Wilmington to Raleigh, people in North Carolina are boarding up or moving out as the arrival of Hurricane Florence looms. (Zoeann Murphy, Jorge Ribas, Whitney Shefte, Lee Powell/The Washington Post)
President Trump has approved emergency disaster declarations for the Carolinas and Virginia “We’re as ready as anybody has ever been,” he said after a briefing with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William “Brock” Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday he was being updated every day on the status of the hurricane and plans for the next 24 and 48 hours. He also is receiving reports throughout the day about preparations involving the military.

Officials prep toxic waste sites, nuclear power plants ahead of Hurricane Florence
, AccuWeather staff writer
September 13, 2018, 2:32:47 AM EDT
Several nuclear power reactors in North and South Carolina and Virginia started prep for Hurricane Florence on Tuesday. There are 16 nuclear reactors in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the states expected to suffer the most damage from Florence.
Duke Energy, which runs reactors at six sites, said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.
To prepare for the storm, nuclear operators check on backup diesel generators to make sure they have enough fuel, conduct site walk downs and secure any loose equipment that could become a projectile in the wind, Roger Hannah, spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Region 2 office in Atlanta, said to Reuters Tuesday.
Disposal sites for coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity, may also cause potential health risks if hit with torrential rainfall. The ash contains potentially harmful amounts of mercury, arsenic and lead, which poses risks to public health and the environment if spilled into drinking water supplies.
Duke owns 31 coal ash basins in North Carolina, containing a total of about 111 million tons of coal ash, according to state estimates as of August 2017.
Duke is moving staff and equipment toward North Carolina’s coast to monitor the coal ash disposal sites. After the storm, staff are prepared to inspect the sites by foot, boat and drone.
Preparations continue to be made as the Category 4 hurricane moves toward the U.S. East Coast, expected to make landfall Thursday night. More than 1.4 million residents across North and South Carolina have been ordered to evacuate.
“Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned Wednesday morning.

Hurricane Florence threatens to unleash catastrophic inland flooding in Carolinas
Destructive Hurricane Florence to batter the Carolinas for days 
Reports: Officials warn that time is running out to evacuate as perilous Hurricane Florence creeps closer to US
Hurricane Florence could cause an environmental and public health disaster, as heavy rains may overwhelm pits holding toxic waste from power plants, industrial sites or animal-manure lagoons. This toxic waste could wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies.
North Carolina is a major producer of poultry and hogs, and man-made lagoons that hold manure could be at risk of overflowing into fields and nearby waterways....
Florence also threatens to release toxic chemicals from hazardous waste sites the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated as contaminated superfund sites.
The EPA said it is monitoring about nine of these contaminated sites in the hurricane's path. The agency is performing vulnerability assessments of nine superfund sites along the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina, CNN reported .
Following Hurricane Harvey, the EPA reported  in September 2017 that 13 toxic waste sites in Texas were flooded and experienced possible damage due to the storm. These damaged toxic sites raise numerous health safety concerns.
Several nuclear power reactors in North and South Carolina and Virginia started prep for Hurricane Florence on Tuesday. There are 16 nuclear reactors in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the states expected to suffer the most damage from Florence.
Duke Energy that runs reactors at six sites, said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.

See above: Nuclear Inspections Allegedly Faked at Southern's Power Plant
13 hours ago ... NRC Preparing for Hurricane Florence. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission resident inspectors at nuclear plants in the Carolinas and.
SCDNR Drought.
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Form E-mail regarding Emergency Planning Rulemaking PRM-50-104
Jul 16, 2012 ... Florence Windfall []. Sent: Monday . Fukushima and U.S. experience with Hurricane Katrina demonstrate ...
hurricanes tracked w/in 100 nautical miles of Turkey Point.Hurricane Donna and Tropical Storm Florence September 1960 (21.95 inches Dania 4.
hurricane (PMH), probable maximum wind storm (PMWS),or moving squall ...Florence. 1. 985. September 1956. Flossy. 2. 975. September 1960.
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Summary of Historical Hurricane Events in Florida, Atlantic, Gulf ...Florence. 1. 985. September 1956. Flossy. 2. 975. —. September 1960. Donna. 4.
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hurricane (PMH), probable maximum wind storm (PMWS), or moving squall ...Florence. 1. 985.September 1956. Flossy. 2. 975. —. September 1960.
Turkey Point Units 6 & 7 COLA (Final Safety Analysis Report) - Part 2
hurricane (PMH), probable maximum wind storm (PMWS), or moving squall ..Florence. 1. 985. September 1956. Flossy. 2. 975. —. September 1960.
hurricanes tracked within 100 nautical miles of Turkey Point.Hurricane Donna and Tropical Storm Florence September 1960 (21.95 inches at Dania 4.
Turkey Point Units 6 & 7 COLA Rev. 8 - NRC hurricane (PMH), probable max wind storm (PMWS)or moving squall ..Florence. 1. 985.Sept1956. Flossy. 2. 975—. Sept 1960.
FSAR - NRC state hurricane with combination of meteorological parameters will give...Florence. 1. 985. September 1956. Flossy. 2. 975. —. September 1960.
Turkey Point Units 6 & 7 COLA - NRC File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
Jan 10, 2006 ...Hurricane Donna and Tropical Storm Florence September 1960. (21.95 inches Dania 4 WNW, 27.54 inches Miami 12 SSW, 24.4in inches ...Subsection 2.3.2 - NRC
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Jan 10, 2006 ... Hurricane Donna and Tropical Storm Florence Sept 1960. (21.95 inches at Dania 4 WNW, 27.54 inches at Miami 12 SSW, 24.4 in ...
Turkey Point Units 6 & 7 COLA Rev. 8 - NRC
Jan 10, 2006 ... Hurricane Donna and Tropical Storm Florence Sept 1960. (21.95 inches at Dania 4 WNW, 27.54 inches at Miami 12 SSW, 24.4 in i..
Jan 10, 2006 ..Historical Hurricane Tracks Storm Query, 1851 through 2007 (Reference Hurricane Donna and Tropical Storm Florence Septem 1960.
FEMA Region IV Atlanta, Georgia Final Exercise Report H. B. ... Dec 7, 1999 ...4.3.7 54-97-18-A-07 Florence Cty/Recp&Cong Care 3. Hurricane Floyd, September 1999 shelter provided for 600 ...

U.S. Operating Nuclear Power Reactors (by Location or Name)
A power reactor is a facility that makes electricity by the continuous splitting of uranium atoms (i.e., a nuclear reaction). This facility is often referred to as a nuclear power plant. To find information about a particular operating nuclear power reactor that NRC regulates, select that reactor from the map below, or from the Alphabetical List of Operating Nuclear Power Reactors by Name .
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Alphabetical List of Operating Nuclear Power Reactors by Nam
A - CD - LM - P Q - W 
Arkansas Nuclear 1
Arkansas Nuclear 2
Beaver Valley 1
Beaver Valley 2
Braidwood 1
Braidwood 2
Browns Ferry 1
Browns Ferry 2
Browns Ferry 3
Brunswick 1
Brunswick 2
Byron 1
Byron 2
Calvert Cliffs 1
Calvert Cliffs 2
Catawba 1
Catawba 2
Columbia Generating Station
Comanche Peak 1
Comanche Peak 2
D.C. Cook 1
D.C. Cook 2
Diablo Canyon 1
Diablo Canyon 2
Dresden 2
Dresden 3
Duane Arnold
Farley 1
Farley 2
Fermi 2
Grand Gulf 1
Harris 1
Hatch 1
Hatch 2
Hope Creek 1
Indian Point 2
Indian Point 3
La Salle 1
La Salle 2
Limerick 1
Limerick 2 McGuire 1
McGuire 2
Millstone 2
Millstone 3
Nine Mile Point 1
Nine Mile Point 2
North Anna 1
North Anna 2
Oconee 1
Oconee 2
Oconee 3
Oyster Creek
Palo Verde 1
Palo Verde 2
Palo Verde 3
Peach Bottom 2
Peach Bottom 3
Perry 1
Pilgrim 1
Point Beach 1
Point Beach 2
Prairie Island 1
Prairie Island 2 Quad Cities 1
Quad Cities 2
River Bend 1
Robinson 2
Saint Lucie 1
Saint Lucie 2
Salem 1
Salem 2
Seabrook 1
Sequoyah 1
Sequoyah 2
South Texas 1
South Texas 2
Surry 1
Surry 2
Susquehanna 1
Susquehanna 2
Three Mile Island 1
Turkey Point 3
Turkey Point 4
Vogtle 1
Vogtle 2
Waterford 3
Watts Bar 1
Watts Bar 2
Wolf Creek 1

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