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  • dmarion2 Feb 6, 8:51 a.m.

    Just what exactly do you do with a closed nuclear power plant? Surely, they can't sell it or redevelop the proprty in any way. If they give up the effort to repair it, doesn't Duke Energy still have to sit on it and maintain it to a certain degree to prevent it from becoming a further contamination nightmare?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 5, 5:40 p.m.

    I hear a lot of people crying over the rate increases. If you voted for Obama, stuff it! Think about rate increase when they are closing down coal plants as fast as they can. If they don't replace them with gas burning plants, expect the rates to multiply!

    RustyDawg

    All the power company's were asked to do was put scrubgers on their coal fired. And all that does is cut into profit. Rate hikes will be minimal. And what would you rather do, breath clean air or pay lower rates? Sometimes, you get what you pay forha

  • rmsmith Feb 5, 5:17 p.m.

    Wy can't they seal the containment building in 10 feet of concrete and simply build a new adjacenet containment building ?

  • SomeRandomGuy Feb 5, 4:07 p.m.

    How do 600 people work in an essentially closed facility??

  • tran Feb 5, 2:44 p.m.

    A design flaw made it impossible to maneuver the replacement steam generator though the equipment hatch in the containment dome. They tried to cut a hole in the containment dome so they could replace the steam generator. But this damaged the concrete and it's not feasible to fix it. So the plant can't operate. It's an expensive, radioactive brick.

  • hollylama Feb 5, 2:39 p.m.

    Someone should do an investigation into how much money was spent trying to fix the reactor (millions) and whether they knew before trying to fix it whether it was even worth the effort. I wonder how many customers' rates went up to fix that defunct machine?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 5, 1:53 p.m.

    What are they going to do with the 1000 year highly-radioactive material that is (was?) there? Bury it in a park in your neighborhood? Make it someone else's problem in another state/country?

    I love the theory that Nuclear is clean, but there's just this little problem of a millennia of radioactivity...

  • elcid liked Ike Feb 5, 1:27 p.m.

    Trainer - the facility was built by Florida Power, true, but it was destroyed by Progress's inept attempts to renovate it.

  • computer trainer Feb 5, 12:26 p.m.

    How long will it take to close this plant?

    ALso, this plant was built by Florida Power, not by PE, or Dukie.

  • chrisnrali Feb 5, 12:06 p.m.

    Well building that was money well spent. NOT.

  • RustyDawg Feb 5, 11:09 a.m.

    I hear a lot of people crying over the rate increases. If you voted for Obama, stuff it! Think about rate increase when they are closing down coal plants as fast as they can. If they don't replace them with gas burning plants, expect the rates to multiply!

  • SaltyOldJarhead Feb 5, 10:51 a.m.

    So they shutter their plant in Florida, buy utilities down in South America, and then hit us up for a 9%+ hike in rates on top of almost 8% from just a short time ago so that they can pay for it all.

    Gee, the merger sure was good for NC, wasn't it.......

  • SaveEnergyMan Feb 5, 9:18 a.m.

    The containment wall is a monstrous structure designed to shield the world from radiation and from any reactor mishaps (like 3 mile island). It is not as simple as putting a patch on it as it is several feet thick. Too bad they cut into the wall, probably a really bad decision that Duke (and us ratepayers) will have to live with for quite some time. Closing the plant makes the most sense. At least some of the other equipment might have value as spares elsewhere.

  • Scubagirl Feb 5, 9:13 a.m.

    Guess that means they WON'T need that rate increase after all!! Perhaps now they can DECREASE the rates....... yea right!

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