NRC Continues to Respond to Irma. Nuke Power Resilience Wins Out Again

Nuclear Power continues its resilience


From the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

At St. Lucie, also in Florida, operators are reducing power on Unit 1 due to salt buildup on insulators in the switchyard that supplies offsite power and plant employees are working to resolve this situation. St. Lucie Unit 2 remains at full power. Two NRC resident inspectors remain at the site, but it is expected that NRC will return to normal inspection staffing at this site, also within a day or two.

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Source: NRC Continues to Respond to Irma

St Lucie Nuclear Power Station in Florida
Source: Enformable


Turkey Point is still offline (from normal shutdowns) and will be restarted as soon as possible however, St Lucie continues to be online generating power for Florida as the State begins its post Irma recovery.


A lot of questions on the disasters from Harvey (Houston) and Irma (Florida) will need to be carefully examined and answered (see: They warned us, but few listened). While this will be looked at for decades to come it seems the most demonised source of carbon free power has again twice in a few weeks proved its resilience in not only withstanding natural events but also providing power either during or post event allowing a quicker start into recovery efforts (think mains power available for pumps, treatment plants, hospitals and emergency shelters from get go).


Time for a rethink!


2 thoughts on “NRC Continues to Respond to Irma. Nuke Power Resilience Wins Out Again

  1. And if it had gone wrong, it would have done so in a spectacular way. Nuclear power is far too dangerous for us to consider in New Zealand.

    1. That would have required a major cascade of failures.

      Given a chemical plant in Texas went up after Harvey the concern of nuclear power is misplaced.

      That chemical plant is wrecking havoc so how about we shine the light on the Chemical and Petro Chemical industry who give the bigger threat post flooding and hurricanes than a nuclear power station

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