Nuclear plants in Hurricane Irene's path

AP News
Posted: Aug 26, 2011 4:26 PM
Nuclear plants in Hurricane Irene's path

Nuclear reactors sit on eight coastal sites along the Eastern seaboard in the projected path of Hurricane Irene. They are built to withstand winds much stronger than those expected from Irene. They are also equipped with backup generators protected from flooding to provide power to keep the reactor cool if outside power is lost. Still, some will likely be shut down as a precaution in advance of Irene's winds and heavy rains.

North Carolina

Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant

Location: Near Southport, N.C., 30 miles south of Wilmington.

Operator: Progress Energy


Surry Power Station

Location: Surry County, Va., 35 miles northwest of Norfolk.

Operator: Dominion Resources


Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant

Location: Lusby, Md., 60 miles southeast of Washington.

Operator: Constellation Energy

New Jersey

Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations

Location: Lower Alloways Creek, NJ, 20 miles south of Wilmington, Del.

Operator: PSEG

Oyster Creek Generating Station

Location: Lacey Township, NJ, 60 miles east of Philadelphia.

Operator: Exelon


Millstone Power Station

Location: Waterford, Conn., 60 miles southeast of Hartford.

Operator: Dominion Resources


Pilgrim Nuclear Station

Location: Plymouth, Mass., 45 miles south of Boston.

Operator: Entergy

New Hampshire

Seabrook Station

Location: Seabrook, NH, 45 miles north of Boston.

Operator: NextEra Energy