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Brunswick Nuclear Plant

Siren tests in Brunswick County
To support annual maintenance of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant sirens located within the 10-mile emergency planning zone, short-duration growl tests will be conducted between Monday, May 16, and Thursday, May 26. Tests will last approximately 10 seconds, and each siren may be sounded more than once to ensure operability. Work will be conducted Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Because sirens are tested individually, it is difficult to provide specific times when residents can expect to hear them. As a reminder, sirens are designed as outdoor warning devices and may not be heard inside.

  • Capacity: 1,870 megawatts
  • Location: Brunswick County, N.C
  • Commercial Date: 1975

Brunswick Nuclear Plant

The two-unit, 1,870-megawatt Brunswick Nuclear Plant is located approximately two miles north of Southport, N.C., and houses two boiling water nuclear reactors. This was the first nuclear power plant built in North Carolina, beginning operation in 1975. An additional unit became operational in 1977, and 244 megawatts of electrical generation was added to the plant's output from 2002 to 2005 as part of an extended power uprate program that upgraded much of the plant's equipment.