Nuclear Disasters

Overview

Nuclear power plants use the heat generated from nuclear fission in a contained environment to convert water to steam, which powers generators to produce electricity. Although the construction and operation of these facilities are closely monitored and regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), accidents are possible. An accident could result in dangerous levels of radiation that could affect the health and safety of the public living near the nuclear power plant.

Nuclear power plants operate in most states in the country and produce about 20% of the nation's power. Nearly 3 million Americans live within 10 miles of an operating nuclear power plant.

Our Nuclear Plant

Brunswick County is home to the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, the first nuclear power plant built in North Carolina. Learn more with the Brunswick Nuclear Plan Fact Sheet (PDF).

  • Location: Southport, NC
  • Operated By: Duke Energy
  • Type of Units: Boiling water nuclear reactors
  • Number of Units: 2
  • Generating Capacity: 1,870 megawatts
  • Commercial Operation Date: 1975

The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your property from the effects of a nuclear power plant emergency:

  • Build an Emergency Supply Kit with the addition of plastic sheeting, duct tape, and scissors.
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan
  • Obtain public emergency information materials from the power company that operates your local nuclear power plant or your local emergency services office. If you live within 10 miles of the power plant, you should receive the materials yearly from the power company or your state or local government.
  • Sign up for emergency updates from Brunswick County Emergency Services to receive timely and specific information for your area.