“State of Emergency” Declared at Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport, NC (UPDATED)

by | Sep 17, 2018 | Headline News | 16 comments

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    This report was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper

    Update:  Sept. 17, 2018; 6:17 pm

    The official filing with the NRC states:

    “A hazardous event has resulted in on site conditions sufficient to prohibit the plant staff from accessing the site via personal vehicles due to flooding of local roads by Tropical Storm Florence.”

    Some of the employees have been there since last Wednesday.

    The flooding of roads and downed trees prevented fresh crews from relieving the nearly 300 Duke Energy workers and NRC “storm riders” who have been on site for days. And the blocked roadways would make it impossible to evacuate the 10-mile emergency evacuation zone around the site if a higher level of emergency were declared, Ledford said…

    …One of the “storm riders” at Brunswick is Daniel Bacon, whose regular job is senior operations engineer out of the NRC’s regional office in Atlanta. Bacon said he’s been “locked down” at Brunswick since Wednesday, but the local Duke Energy employees who live in the area may have arrived on Thursday or Friday.

    Reached by phone Monday, Bacon said the workers are sleeping on cots and using portable toilets because the water is currently shut off and the toilets can’t flush.

    Bacon said there is limited access to the plant, and some workers have been able to leave the site and check up on their homes nearby. After the storm passed some drove to a Walmart in Southport to stock up on provisions.

    On Monday morning, a shipment of food arrived by helicopter, with another helicopter delivery expected Monday afternoon, Bacon said. Off-duty security workers cooked up a hot breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon.

    “It’s kind of like camping,” Bacon said. “Everyone is handling it very well. I haven’t heard any complaining.” (source)

    As mentioned in the primary report, this incident is the lowest level of nuclear emergencies. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has assured the public that there is no threat.

    …the plant is stable and poses no threat to public safety.

    The floodwaters have not entered the facility and have not been exposed to equipment.

    There is limited access to the plant and some workers can leave the site.

    Duke spokeswoman Mary Kathyrn Green said Duke Energy replacements will arrive Monday but the staff on site now has ample support. (source)

    At this point, I’m feeling optimistic, but I still urge caution for those who live in the area.

    Sept. 17, 2018, 2:10 Eastern Time

    A “state of emergency” has been declared by the staff at Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport, North Carolina. Few details are available at the moment, but the emergency is currently classified as “an unusual event” due to flooding from Hurricane Florence. If it’s any comfort, the classification of “unusual event” is the lowest emergency classification in the nuke world.

    Local media reports:

    Duke Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant, about 30 miles south of Wilmington, has declared a state of emergency as the 1,200-acre complex remains cut off by flood waters and is inaccessible to outside personnel.

    The plant has declared an “unusual event,” the lowest level of nuclear emergency, as required by Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said NRC spokesman Joey Ledford.

    The twin-reactor nuclear plant, located 4 miles inland, is stable and poses no threat to public safety, Ledford said. The facility has off-site electricity from the power grid to cool the nuclear reactors and radioactive nuclear waste at the site.

    Flood water has not entered the facility and has not exposed critical equipment to risk. (source)

    The NRC spokesman assures the public that there’s no need to panic. “The plant is safe. The reactors are in hot stand-by mode 3 shutdown.

    I sincerely hope we aren’t looking at our own Fukushima-style disaster.

    How do you prepare for a nuclear plant emergency?

    I have not specifically researched nuclear emergencies that occur from industrial accidents but for the time being, my suggestion is to learn what you can about radioactive events. If I lived in the area, I would prepare in the same way that I would for a nuclear strike, less the impact of the missile hitting the earth.

    Again, at this time there has been no risk announced to those who live near the Southport plant. Don’t panic but keep a close eye on this and, if you can pass through the local roads, be ready to evacuate quickly with your family should things get worse.

    Right now, this is all we know.

    I will update you as more information becomes available.

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      1. So what is the story? They are doing what they are supposed to do.
        Seems people are wishing for a disaster. Be careful people on
        what you wish for.

      2. Well isn’t that a daisy….

      3. There are a lot of weirdo extreme leftists who might do crazy things like sabotage to stop all nuclear power. Historically they have caused incidents around various facilities.


        Just like Fukushima!

        Besides the new regulatory guidelines are 30 trillion sieverts per second so… UNDER THE NEW GUIDELINES you’re fine.

        Breathing is overrated anyway.

        • nuclear power plants have reaction teams and if you penetrate far enough into the plant they will shoot you (in the head) so give it a try

      5. “I sincerely hope we aren’t looking at our own Fukushima-style disaster.”

        There’s just flooding surrounding the area of the plant so other workers can’t get there. There’s no earthquake. There’s no tsunami. There’s no chance of a “Fukushima-style disaster.”

        They might be low on hurricane snacks though.

      6. Here we go with those ” false flags” that don’t exists…

      7. Hum … isn’t that what they said during the Fukushima meltdowns? Everything was fine and dandy until the tops started blowing off.

        Flooding at a nuclear power plant … what could possibly go wrong? Guess we will know when everyone starts growing extra appendiges.

      8. Yawn wow you wrote a story on flooded roads
        Guess your trying to sell some more of those anti radiation pills
        And pro masks filters

      9. Many Preppers fear radio-active iodine because it can destroy the thyroid and lead to illness and in some cases Cancer. But otherwise they remain ignorant about the Thyroid and it’s need for iodine and it’s partner selenium.

        The thyroid is important. It affects every cell in the body; regulates body temperature, and if not adequately nourished will cause a body to fail to burn calories for energy. A slow thyroid causes low body temperature, dry skin, hair loss, and obesity, depression, confusion, and exhaustion/lack of energy. An over active thyroid causes hyperactivity, weight loss, mania or nervous conditions, and eye bulging. One indication of iodine deficiency is a swollen neck called goiter.

        Research foods high in these nutrients and ask your doctor to do a blood screen. Kelp is high in iodine. The highest food source of selenium is Brazil nuts.


      10. Taking iodine will sure help the thyroid in cases of radioactivity, but does SQUAT against Cesium and Strontium. So great, you can control metabolish but get lung and bone cancer.

        You understand that uptake og radioactive iodine is not the only problem.

      11. Nothing to see here folks so just move along. [SARCASM]

      12. In the nearly 50 years I’ve graced this planet with my presence, I have never, never seen a nuclear facility admit that they didn’t have it under control or that there was even a threat. Never. So, the truth is 50/50 that the east coast is fcked. Just saying, I would treat this as a nuke disaster as someone above already said….

      13. Everything is fine, BUT there was a unusual event for them to declare a Emergency.. But everything is fine…. So which is it?

      14. Hey zan, pretty close to the grand strand.
        An oh shit event in our own backyard.
        Have always worried about this facility

      15. I’m glad I’m in the mountains of AZ.

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