Shippingport Residents Closely Watch Situation In Japan

By David Highfield

SHIPPINGPORT (KDKA) — The nuclear situation in Japan has the attention of some people in Beaver County who live next to the Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station, our area’s only nuclear power plant.

“It makes me think about it, but I also think because I worked down there and just knowing and just reading different things, I think it’s a safe plant,” said Charlotte Spece of Shippingport.

“I think we are much more concerned right now,” said Shippingport’s Emergency Operations Director Pat Lampe. She says the borough of more than 200 residents is prepared.

Every two years the borough and county have a drill to practice what they’d do if there were a nuclear emergency, Lampe says.

There are also sirens, more than 100 of them across the county, that would sound if there were actual trouble. Lampe says that siren would alert people to turn on their TVs to get important information.

She says if evacuations were necessary, firefighters would go street by street and use a loud speaker to give people instructions.

Potassium Iodide pills are also available for people in the area in the event of a radiation release. However, Lampe says no one should take the pills unless directed to do so.

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  1. chevelle64 says:

    a week ago everyone thought they were safe near fukushima, I dont trust any of them, no matter how much is done to make them safe the stakes are to high to justify there existance anywhere

  2. Bea says:

    It really seems unless there is a natural catastrophe expected, like an earthquake followed by a tsunami, the chances are fairly slim that anything here would be similiar to Japan.

  3. Rooter Is Rude says:

    Get some new commercials or better yet eliminate them all together. Mr. Rooter is becoming very annoying.

  4. Fact says:

    I think we should get rid of all of our energy sources and go back to candles. Because a catastrophe like the one in japan around any of our energy sources can be very bad. Does anyone remember the whole town that burned when a gas line erupted underground??? If a earthquake hit the hoover dam what would happen there????? Be serious people remember the unusual event that led to this distaster!!!

  5. Rooter Is Rude says:

    There is a possibility that candles could set your home on fire. Nothing is completely safe.

  6. JUB LEE says:

    just remember apollo pennsylvania! its now radio-active thanks to a plutonium factory that sat along the river. remember a company called nu-mec and then babcox and willcox. countless people die from cancer in surrounding area’s still from this site that was closed over 25 years ago! the site is so hot to this day that they had to put up barbed wire fences surrounding open fields!

  7. JUB LEE says:

    ALSO, THE COMPANYS THAT DID THIS NEVER HAD TO PAY A CENT TO THE FAMILYS OR TO THE LOCAL PROPERTY OWNERS FROM WHICH THEY CONTAMINATED THEY PROPERTYS FROM FIRES AND DUMPING OF WASTE. JUST TO A FEW EMPPLOYEES, THAT DIED. AND NOW BABCOX AND WILCOX IS A MULTI BILLION DOLLOR COMPANY THAT POLLUTED THIS SMALL TOWN. AND THEN THEY MOVE AWAY SCOT FREE!

  8. Curious Citizen says:

    TO JUB LEE;
    I’m just curious if you have any proof as to the spot in Apollo still being “hot”. I live in Apollo and am well aware of the site you are referring to. Yes, there is barbed wire around the site, but are you also aware that they have built over top of the site now and it is in full swing? Mostly for storage of construction but there are people there alll the time now. There are still many pending law suits from that terrible tragedy 25 years ago, but I was curious if you had any current proof of your claims to current?

  9. DONNY RAY says:

    YOU LEFT OUT THE NUCLEAR FUEL REPROCESSING CENTER IN PARKS JUST DOWN RIVER FROM APOLLO. THAT THEY NOW PLAN ON DIGGING UP THIS YEAR TO REMOVE STEEL DRUMS THAT THEY BURIED 40 YEARS AGO WITH NUCLEAR WAST. MAKES YOU WONDER IF THE PEOPLE BLAMING GAS WELLS FOR POLLUTING THE RIVERS ARE LOOKING AT THE WRONG SOURCE OF POLUTION! IF YOU THINK NUCLEAR POWER IS SAFE THEN LOOK AT PARKS TOWNSHIP AND APOLLO PA WHERE CANCER RATES ARE 25 TO 30 PERCENT HIGHER THEM THE NATIONAL AVE! NOT TO MENTION THIS WASTE LEAKING INTO THE RIVER THAT ALOT OF PITTSBURGHERS DRINK EVERYDAY! DO YOU REALLY THINK THE WATER COMPANYS CAN FILTER OUT NUCLEAR WASTE!

  10. DONNY RAY says:

    TO CURIOUS CITIZEN, I THINK I COULD FIGURE THAT ONE OUT. IS THE SITE SAFE HHMMMM BARBED WIRE FENCE ON MOST OF THE PROPERTY WITH PAD LOCKS HMMM OPEN FIELDS HMM WHAT ARE THEY KEEPING LOCKED UP IN AN OPEN FIELD WITH FENCES AND PAD LOCKS ALL AROUND IT, OR DO THEY WANT TO KEEP PEOPLE OFF THE LAND CAUSE ITS UNSAFE!!

  11. Cynical Realist says:

    OMG WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!! BURN YOUR CARS! LOCK UP YOUR VALUABLES! HIDE UNDERGOUND AND BURN YOUR OWN FECES FOR FUEL! BUBBLE WRAP THE WORLD!!! THIS IS OBAMA AND ABORTION’S FAULT!!!!

    Sorry, I’m just trying to fit in with all the other uninformed alarmists on your typical news site comments section.

    Good job trying to whip everyone up into a paranoid frenzy, KDKA. Did you get the ratings you were aiming for?

    I’ll just sit back and bask in the foaming-at-the-mouth, incoherent rage that will be heading my way now…

  12. Alexandra Stehman says:

    When will mere humans figure out we are EXTREMELY poor judges of the unlikely? And our computer programs we write to help us aren’t any better: “”Kendall ended up by telling me how he and his associates had just discovered that five years before, the NRC had learned of serious defects in the computer programs for calculating the design of these plants to survive earthquakes, but that the NRC had kept it quiet until his group had discovered it independently. And he added that the Rasmussen estimate of the risk of a major accident had been underestimated by at least two hundred times, and that it was more like one in one hundred per year rather than one in twenty thousand per plant”

    Free e-book download, “Silent Fallout”, by Ernest Sternglass

  13. Dan Kirby says:

    So….when was the last time we had a 9.0 magnitude earthquake here in Pittsburgh?

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