Image by Duke Energy The Oconee Nuclear Station in the Upstate is quite far from tsunami danger.
It's an inevitable path: Japan's unfolding nuclear power disaster will continue to raise global and local concern about the long-term safety of nuclear power.
After all, South Carolina is a coastal state and has experienced powerful quakes.
In a press conference on Tuesday, SCE&G officials tried to send a clear message that South Carolina residents needn't fret over the state's existing and forthcoming nuclear reactors.
The general idea is this: Since South Carolina has been colonized, the worst quake it's seen topped out somewhere near 7 (well below Japan's recent 9+), and all of the reactors are pretty far from the coast. Additionally, SCE&G says that the designs of the reactors allow for venting of coolant without contamination.
Still, no system is ever 100% safe.