Largest US Radioactive Leak: South Carolina Nuclear Plant

A reactor at one of the nation’s largest nuclear power plants has been taken offline due to a radioactive leak within a containment building.

“Out of an abundance of caution,” service was temporarily removed from Unit 1 at the Oconee Nuclear Station in western South Carolina early Monday, according to ONS spokeswoman B.J. Gatten.

A robot was used to confirm the leak over the weekend after it was first suspected Friday night inside Unit 1’s containment facility, Gatten said.

Oconee Nuclear Station, source: Wikipdia

Less than one tenth of a gallon of radioactive material is leaking per minute, though it is not yet known how long the leak has existed, she said, according to WYFF.

Source: RT News;

This is the perfect opportunity to recapitulate the dangers and costs of nuclear energy and demand safe & clean energy before it’s not too late.

With more than 430 commercial nuclear power reactors operating in 31 countries (of which, 104 in USA alone) and after Fukushima turned into a worst case scenario, it is paramount to understand the dangers posed to our environment, our health, and – without exaggeration – to our very existence.

By Alexander Light,;