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Shearon Harris is up and running

Posted August 21, 2008

— Shearon Harris nuclear plant was up and running again Thursday morning after repair problems stopped production for more than a week, spokeswoman Julia Milstead said.

Progress Energy originally shut down the reactor Aug. 11 after discovering a water leak.

Workers were restarting the plant Tuesday and performing standard tests and inspections when they found that an electrical problem with the rod control system, Milstead said. The part was replaced.


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  • chfdcpt Aug 22, 2008

    Timbo, a lot of those photos are taken by civilian satellites or air photo surveys done by the counties for tax/record purposes. You can get overheads from any nuke plant in the US thru google maps, etc.

    If you tied a lot of that rebar, then I was one of the ones that brought you a lot of your cadwelding supplies. Remember, it was originally going to be a 4 reactor plant?

  • Timbo Aug 21, 2008

    "timbo...I may be wrong, but maybe with the new post 9-11 "modifications" around the containment unit, no overhead photography is allowed anymore...?"

    I would think they had a file photo or something, but I guess not. I helped tie the rebar for the containment building. Tons of fun.

    As to your point about security, I can't believe you can get this view on Mapquest Arial:


  • 2 Aug 21, 2008

    I admit to not knowing much on the subject so I googled it and came upon this site, which is where I got the 30-60 years from: http://timeforchange.org/pros-and-cons-of-nuclear-power-and-sustainability

  • No Redneck Aug 21, 2008

    I say we should use wind power. It's just a tiny bit safer don't you think?

  • The Fox Aug 21, 2008

    [so, what happens when we run out of uranium (predicted in 30 to 60 years from now)]
    As an exploration geologist involved in uranium mining, I don't know what you are talking about. There are vast unmined reserves sitting around since the last 1970-80's uranium boom. We've been largely running on uranium from Russian weapons blended to commerical reactor grade for several years. Since Now that source is now dwindling, it's time to go back and dig.

  • Oldfeet Aug 21, 2008

    Glad to hear SH is back on-line. From all the postivie comments here, I think N.C. Utilities Commission should institute an 'NC Atom Power' initiative (like NCGreenPower) in support of more economical,clean,& carbon-free nuclear power. Just like modern air travel, it's great stuff almost all the time and only an ugly mess when one slides off the runway and bursts into flames.

  • patriotsrevenge Aug 21, 2008

    "so, what happens when we run out of uranium (predicted in 30 to 60 years from now)"---2

    source please, I don't believe that.

  • Tax Man Aug 21, 2008

    2 from NC State - you might want to check your figures. Please see http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/progress/nuclear-faq.html for more realistic info about Nuclear Power - this treatise addresses many of the issues, including the fact that Nuclear Energy may realistically last safely for at least several hundred years to millions or even billions of years - According to one well respected expert: "For how long will nuclear power be available? Present reactors that use only the U-235 in natural uranium are very likely good for some hundreds of years. Bernard Cohen has shown that with breeder reactors, we can have plenty of energy for some billions of years." The only limitations on use of Nuclear Energy are POLITICAL!

  • oldrebel Aug 21, 2008

    timbo...I may be wrong, but maybe with the new post 9-11 "modifications" around the containment unit, no overhead photography is allowed anymore...?

  • Tax Man Aug 21, 2008

    I'm with you Admiral - good stewardship of our resources is the key, while keeping a reasonable lifestyle and caring for the most important resource - human beings. Nuclear energy - and solar energy are the most plentiful and clean resources. We should be using them whenever we can, safely!