Storm floods breached coal-ash pit, isolated Duke nuclear plant

Duke Energy Corp. grappled with deadly Hurricane Florence's aftereffects as a breach in a coal-ash landfill worsened and its Brunswick nuclear plant declared a low-level emergency because of flooding.
Photo: Ritzau/AP/David J. Phillip
Photo: Ritzau/AP/David J. Phillip
by bloomberg news, Mark Niquette & Ari Natter

While the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared an "unusual event" this weekend at the atomic plant on North Carolina's soaked southern coast due to "site access issues," it said there were no safety concerns. Roads around the plant were largely impassable and that supplies were being flown in to stranded workers, according to an engineer.

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