The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a press release yesterday on the agency’s preparations for Hurricane Irene:
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is making preparations for the approaching Hurricane Irene at its headquarters operations center in Rockville, Md., and two of its incident response centers in Atlanta, Ga. and King of Prussia, Pa. The agency has also dispatched additional personnel to those nuclear power plants that are likely to be in the storm’s path. Other inspectors are on standby. Those dispatched will assist the NRC resident inspectors already stationed at those facilities.
The nuclear plants with additional staff include: Brunswick near Southport, N.C., Surry in Surry, Va., Calvert Cliffs in Lusby, Md., Hope Creek/Salem in Hancocks Bridge, N.J., Oyster Creek in Forked River, N.J., Pilgrim in Plymouth, Mass., Millstone in Waterford, Ct., Seabrook in Seabrook, N.H., and Indian Point in Buchanan, N.Y. The agency is also monitoring Global Nuclear Fuels-Americas, LLC in Wilmington, N.C.
Conspicuously absent from the NRC press release is an update on the North Anna plant in Virginia, which is still shut down from this week’s earthquake.
The press release continues:
All the reactors are operating at full power, but the plants’ procedures require that they shut down prior to any predicted hurricane force winds on site. The plants’ emergency diesel generators are available if off-site power is lost during the storm. All plants have flood protection above the predicted storm surge, and key components and systems also are housed in watertight buildings capable of withstanding hurricane force winds and flooding.