Nuclear Power Plant Still Threatened by Florence Rainfall
Since Fukushima, plant operators have shored up defenses. Will it be enough in the Carolinas?
Already, North Carolina Emergency Management has reported more than 600,000 are without power, and six nuclear power plants owned by Duke Energy are bracing for impact. At a press conference attended by CNN, a representative from FEMA said the power plants were not yet a concern for the agency.
Those watching the storm are anxious to know if the flooding could cause a disaster comparable to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Could an environmental disaster like Fukushima happen in the Carolinas?
“We are not concerned because we realize they are designed to withstand a storm much greater than Florence,” says Cox.
He says plants like those in North Carolina should be able to withstand wind speeds of up to 200