NRC: Wisconsin nuclear plants capable of cool downs
By: Chuck Quirmbach , Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Federal inspectors say Wisconsin's nuclear power plants should be able to cool some key areas of the plants, following any explosion or fire. But a report recommends some new precautions at the two sites along Lake Michigan.
Resident inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) looked at the 104 operating nuclear power plants in the U.S. in the aftermath of the disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan. The plants also did their own reviews. The NRC says every U.S. plant has the capability of effectively cooling down reactor cores and spent fuel pools after a major problem.
NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mytlang says both the Kewaunee and Point Beach plants in Wisconsin could use some relatively minor safety changes, and adds the plants have back up strategies to minimize danger.
The newly-released findings come as the NRC is holding public meetings this coming Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the good performance of the Kewaunee and Point Beach facilities last year.
Mytlang says the NRC has found that at similar meetings for other successful nuclear plants since the Japan disaster, people still show up to talk nuclear safety.
This week's meetings also come as Dominion wants to sell the Kewaunee plant. The NRC says once a potential buyer comes forward, the agency will evaluate that firm's ability to run a nuclear plant.