Visiting the Harris Nuclear Plant
The cooling tower’s size was surprising to me – pictures don’t do it justice. Before the RBC building was constructed, the Harris tower was the tallest structure in Wake County. It takes service men over 45 minutes to climb the ladder and change the light bulbs!
Before starting my internship I knew nothing about nuclear energy, but I’m learning quickly. I found the following diagram helpful in explaining how nuclear plants generate electricity. (Click on the image for a larger view).
The plant has two of its own communications specialists who also coordinate with the Raleigh-based communications team. The site specialists work on both media relations and community relations. During the school year, the facility hosts multiple school groups most days in the newly renovated visitor center.
After touring the plant, I spent yesterday afternoon in the field researching a story on a stream reclamation project on the site of a hydroelectric plant that had been dormant since the 1950s. I’ll post details on this adventure next week.
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