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Archive for November, 2011

NRC starts special inspection at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

Friday, November 18th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will launch a special inspection at Progress Energy’s Brunswick nuclear power plant to assess the circumstances surrounding an event on Wednesday that required operators to shut down the Unit 2 reactor.

The plant is located in Southport, about 20 miles south of Wilmington.

Unit 2 was restarting after a maintenance outage when operators identified unacceptable reactor coolant system leakage. The unit, which had reached 7 percent power, was manually scrammed, or shut down. Plant officials declared an Unusual Event, the lowest of four NRC emergency classifications.

The leak rate slowed as the pressure was decreased and the Unusual Event was terminated after about five hours. During preliminary leak investigation activities, plant employees determined that the reactor pressure vessel head had not been fully tensioned.

“While there were no immediate significant adverse implications to public health and safety, this event raises important questions that need to be addressed,” said Victor McCree, Region II Administrator. “Our resident inspectors and our Special Inspection Team will work diligently to understand what has occurred at Brunswick and why.”

The NRC’s resident inspectors at Brunswick immediately began assessing the incident, and are continuing to monitor the licensee’s activities. They will be supplemented on Monday by a Special Inspection Team from the NRC’s Region II offices in Atlanta. The team will be composed of NRC inspectors with expertise in this area. The team will, among other things, develop a timeline, review Progress= actions leading up to the event and evaluate the company’s response.

The on-site portion of the inspection will take several days. A report documenting the results should be issued within 45 days of the completion of the inspection.

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Show us your thankfulness by sharing your photos

Friday, November 18th, 2011

We invite you to post a picture of what you are thankful for at StarNewsOnline.com/Thankful.

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Community steps up to open hearts, homes to Marines on Thanksgiving

Friday, November 18th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Fifty-four Marines from Camp Lejeune will have a home-cooked meal right here in Wilmington this Thanksgiving.

Steve Schnitzler, CEO of Port City Java, says Thanksgiving is the ultimate family holiday. He wants to give some North Carolina-based Marines a great Turkey Day experience.

With the help of 27 host families, a bus load of 54 Marines will make their way to the port Port City for a delicious meal.

Schnitzler says he’s not surprised the community was so willing to help.

“I think I was more surprised about how fast it happened. It went like that,” he said. “But it doesn’t surprise me that folks stepped up and were really, really happy to bring marines into their homes.”

Schnitzler says after the story aired earlier this week on WWAY, more than 100 families offered to open their homes and hearts to the Marines.

He hopes to make the Marine meal an annual thing and appreciates all the help the community has given so far.

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Cash-flow infomercial host sued

Friday, November 18th, 2011

A Wilmington man has filed suit against the host of the cash-flow infomercial.

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FDA revokes approval of Avastin for breast cancer

Friday, November 18th, 2011

AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has declared the blockbuster drug Avastin should no longer be used in breast cancer patients because there’s no proof it extends their lives – and it is causing dangerous side effects.

Friday’s ruling was long expected, but is sure to disappoint women who say they’ve run out of other options.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg called the decision difficult but said patients must have confidence that drugs sold for their condition are effective.

Avastin won’t stop selling, as it’s also used to treat colon cancer and certain other tumors, but the FDA ruling is expected to influence insurance coverage. Medicare says it will continue to cover Avastin while it evaluates whether a change is needed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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