Residents Get Update On Midlands Nuclear Reactor Site

Fairfield County, SC (WLTX) - Thursday members of the Fairfield County community met with officials from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to get an update on the VC-Summer Site in the county.

The sites produce energy for SCE&G and services parts of the Midlands. The commission found that the Summer unit met all safety objectives for last year.

The site did report some cracking on a reactor. The commission says the cracks have been repaired and don't expect any more cracking to happen but it has raised some concern with residents.

"The cracks in the reactor are of concern because if there were a breach in the reactor while it was operating it could result in a massive release of radiation and a possible meltdown of the reactor and all of the cooling water would blow out. So it's the aging of the reactor components and cracking of the piping and the reactor itself that poses a safety threat," said Tom Clements.

Those with the commission say these meeting are important to hear the concerns from community members.

"The people who live close to the plant are the people who have the most to lose if something does go wrong and those people that we would like to hear from and its those people that we would like to hear from," said Roger Hannah, Public Affairs Officer U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Two more units are being built near the Summer site. There is no word on when construction will be completed.


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