State Senators To Discuss Nuclear Power Plant
From Staff And Wire Reports
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
RALEIGH - A group called NCWARN as well as two NC State Senators are holding a public forum on Thursday March 22nd to discuss concerns about fire violations at the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant located in New Hill, located off of US Highway 1 between Chapel Hill and Raleigh.
Speaking at the public event will be NC Senators Ellie Kinnaird and Janet Cowell. According to NCWARN, also in attendance will be David Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Paul Gunter, of the Nuclear Information and Research Service.
The event is open to the public and will be held Thursday March 22nd at 7pm at the barn at Fearrington Village on Highway 15-501 between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill.
The NCWARN group claims that Shearon Harris has been plagued with fire control problems for the past 14 years and that the plant even had a fire in 1989 that required 30 firefighters and shut down the plant for weeks. Progress Energy has claimed that the plant is in compliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules.
Built in 1987, the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant is a single Westinghouse designed pressurized-water nuclear reactor about 20 miles (30 km) southwest of Raleigh. The plant's 523 foot cooling tower can be seen from tall buildings in both Durham and Raleigh.
After looking at other sites, the Shearon Harris site has been selected by Progress Energy as the site of a possible second reactor. ::