Thu December 8, 2011
Seabrook Officials: Nuclear Plant is Safe
Seabrook Nuclear Plant officials says the plant is continuing to operate safely.
The vote of confidence came during the Seabrook’s annual required press briefing.
Spokesman Alan Griffith said the failed cooling system pump that prompted the plant’s shutdown in October has been fixed. But he said engineers continue to assess possible deterioration of concrete under one plant section, an electrical tunnel.. Griffith says a core sample turned up what is called Alkalide silica reaction, or ASR .
“Since then, five other key areas, including containment have been tested. None of them have any loss of compressive strength. So we don't expect this will have any effect on license renewal or our long term ability to operate safely,” said Griffith.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a warning to all Nuclear Plant operators nationwide, to look for any deterioration caused by ASR. Seabrook engineers are expected to complete their report to the NRC on the issue in March.