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More breaking news -- ten nuclear plants on the East Coast have now declared unusual events that is according to the nuclear regulatory commission for what that means.
Former NRC commissioner Jeff -- Phil joins us now in.
-- from what I understand.
Probably the lowest level of concern when things like an earthquake happens -- you have questions about how seek these nuclear facilities are.
Noted it exactly right He really is -- -- point we're on the planet had some.
More minor event that has some some reduction in terms of safety on that of the but it's very very low level and not something -- -- should should lose sleep over.
Jeff what do you do when there's an event like this to do is there's some.
Shut off mechanism that that they -- -- -- least turning off the most risky elements of a nuclear plant heard you just kind of put everything on hold.
Well they did it depends very much in the play in the circumstances I think the one that that the talks are looking at the most He -- the Norton in.
Nuclear power plants so late in Virginia.
Armed at that particular saint they -- losses of -- -- power some of the power lines.
I had an issue they lost power the plan.
On the emergency diesel generators into play and automatically came on.
The plant was automatically shut down.
And the -- designed so that the emergency equipment keeps the fuel inside the reactor and the fuel in the spent fuel pools cool.
-- and that's exactly what you.
Half so you have sort of -- outside generators making sure that the temperatures kept down.
That this exactly right they're actually on the actually side designed to withstand seismic events.
Earthquakes such as this time.
And they come on automatically when the plant shut down in the circumstance to make sure everything stays in the -- condition.
Now for the other -- -- -- spoke.
You know that that's just -- -- the -- for the remainder.
-- really what -- that reactor operators are gonna do is make sure they keep a close sign on the -- systems on building walked down the plant control.
Equipment -- equipment operate safely.
And -- follow their emergency procedures exactly is designed to require by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
-- like that's question on behalf of shareholders companies like Entergy Dominion Resources owners some of these nuclear power plant.
Don't have put you on the spot because not sure you know how much we all know about the on -- of these but in terms of by an event like today to something like that cost -- do these companies it set aside capital in the event of these emergencies and how does that work from that the business side of this.
Well from the event today.
You know I I I would be hard pressed in the near mean maybe some very minor issues.
Under the current that the plan I I would I'd be hard pressed to think that there would be anything -- meaningful it happened at the plant themselves.
There may be.
You know for some of the -- -- issues associated with a paralyzing need to be replaced those those fall within the general parameters of -- Of our planning to be the totally would have an -- -- -- year given the nature of the -- greater than what appears to be in the level within the shell on the East Coast.
Jeff -- field NRC commissioner Jeff great to have your expertise --
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