Nuclear agency keeping close eye on Isaac

Tuesday - 8/28/2012, 5:14pm EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it is monitoring Hurricane Isaac as it approaches the Gulf Coast.

Nuclear power plants in the Southeast have taken precautions such as tying down loose equipment, removing debris that could become airborne in winds of 75 mph or more and topping off water and fuel tanks. A spokeswoman said the agency has sent in additional staff to assist resident inspectors at two nuclear plants in Louisiana and one in Mississippi.

The inspectors will ride out the storm inside the plants, alongside the plants' emergency and operations personnel.

The NRC's regional response team, based in Arlington, Texas, is using special software to monitor wind speeds at the three plants and will work with resident inspectors and state and federal officials as the storm develops.


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