Alcorn’s Saturday Science Academy’s visit to Grand Gulf a success
Students who are involved in Alcorn State University’s Saturday Science Academy got a taste of the real world of science.
Students, parents, and staff of the Saturday Science Academy of Alcorn toured the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS) Saturday, March 21. The students and staff were divided into groups for lessons on engineering, security, radiation protection and simulator. GGNS employees Jordan Page, Glen Hicks, Brandi Crass and Rickey Liddell gave the lessons.
Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, which is operated by Entergy and owned by Entergy Nuclear South (90%) and South Mississippi Electric Power Association (10%), has a General Electric boiling water reactor that generates electricity without the emission of pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, which is associated with burning fossil fuels. The plant lies on a 2100-acred site near Port Gibson, Miss. and has 675 employees. GGNS has been in operation since July 1, 1985 and carries a license that does not expire until November 1, 2024. After the plant’s upgrade on June 16, 2012, GGNS became the largest single-unit nuclear power plant in the United States and the fifth largest in the world.
Saturday Science Academy is one of the recipients of support from Grand Gulf via the Traceway Development Corporation in Port Gibson.