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September 1, 2017

South Texas Project nuclear plant running despite Harvey

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  • Energy

Reuters – The two nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project plant near Houston were operating at full capacity on Tuesday, a spokesman for the plant said, as watchdog groups called for the facility to shut due to Tropical Storm Harvey.

“We’ve got significant rain but flooding has not been an issue here,” spokesman Buddy Eller said in a phone call about the reactors, located 90 miles (145 km) southwest of Houston.

Three watchdog groups, the Sustainable Energy & Economic Development coalition (SEED), the South Texas Association for Responsible Energy and Beyond Nuclear urged politicians, the owners of the reactors, and regulators to shut down the plant due to Harvey which has slammed Texas with record floods.

The groups expressed concern about workers at the plant and the safety of the general public if Harvey caused an accident at the reactors.

Read more at Reuters.