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Progress Energy Plant Hosts Community Meeting

By Michelle Bliss

08-19-10 – Progress Energy's Brunswick County nuclear plant is hosting a community meeting tonight to address the questions and concerns of its neighbors.

With plans underway for storing spent nuclear fuel above ground in a dry cask storage unit, leaders of the Brunswick plant are touching base with neighboring residents and Southport officials.

The plant's Communications Specialist, Ryan Mosier, says some residents are concerned about the impact on their community.

"This has been done in the nuclear industry in the United States for well over 50 years safely, efficiently, reliably; but it's the first for us. So, we know there's been some chatter in the community about how this is going to operate."

Currently, there is no permanent method for disposing of nuclear waste, so the plant has been keeping spent fuel in wet storage pools.

Fuel must spend five years cooling in a storage pool before it can be transferred to a dry cask.

Tonight's meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Progress Energy Media Building, 2 miles north of Southport on State Route 87.