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Archive for April, 2013

HAPPENING TONIGHT: NRC hosts open house to discuss Brunswick Nuclear Plant

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

SOUTHPORT, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials have scheduled an open house for April 24 to discuss the agency’s assessment of safety performance during 2012 for the Brunswick nuclear power plant. The plant, operated by Duke Energy, is near Southport.

The open house, which the public is invited to attend, is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Brunswick Media Center auditorium, 8520 River Road SE, in Southport.

The NRC resident inspectors and other NRC staff will be available to answer questions or provide additional information on the safety performance of the Brunswick plant, as well as the NRC role in ensuring safe plant operations. 

Overall, the NRC staff concluded that the Brunswick plant, which has two boiling-water reactors, operated safely in 2012 and is receiving normal detailed oversight and inspection efforts this year.

During the first three quarters of 2012, both Brunswick units were subject to increased NRC oversight for an inspection finding related to the possibility of flooding in the emergency diesel generator fuel oil tank rooms. An NRC inspection found that the problem had been corrected and both units returned to normal oversight in the fourth quarter. All other inspection findings and performance indicators at the plant had very low safety significance.

"The NRC inspects nuclear plants and monitors their performance on an ongoing basis," said NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree. "We issue inspection reports throughout the year and we hold these annual meetings near each plant to discuss our oversight and answer any questions local residents may have."

The annual assessment letter for the Brunswick plant is available on the NRC website

Performance information for Brunswick Unit 1 and Unit 2 is updated quarterly and is available on the NRC website.

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CFCC invites veterans to apply

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Program prepares vets for college

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CFCC professor aims to make a splash for those with disabilities

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

It's not often that folks get to do what they love and help others at the same time, but a CFCC business professor is finding a way to just that one day at a time.

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South 10th Street evacuated

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC — Residents on South 10th Street in downtown Wilmington were evacuated Tuesday night.

Officials say the bomb squad and CSI were called in. The street was evacuated for safety reasons. According to investigators, three acid bombs were found.

Other bombs, similar in nature were also found on 13th and Queen Streets but the lieutenant on scene could not confirm an exact number.

Police said the bombs are a weak attempt of vandalism. There was no damage to the, area and no one was in danger.

Residents are now allowed back into their homes.

Investigators do not have a suspect.

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State will test Adams’ mental capacity

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Defense expert says accused killer is mentally retarded

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