NRC set to validate Dominion’s use of ‘unaccepted’ EPRI report to allow North Anna restart

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NRC: No functional damage caused by earthquake at North Anna nuclear reactor

NRC officials said they will likely issue a final recommendation next week which will allow the reactors to be restarted.

The review found cracks caused by the 5.8-magnitude quake, which was greater than what the reactors were built to withstand. But the NRC said that it found no functional damage that would prevent the plant from safely restarting.

Some residents disagreed with the findings and said they were “concerned the NRC and Dominion will put profits over safety.”

However, Dominion Nuclear President and Chief Nuclear Officer David Heacock said that the energy caused by the earthquake lasted one second, which is why there was little effect on the power station.

NRC officials said they will likely issue a final recommendation next week which will allow the reactors to be restarted.

Meanwhile, Heacock said Dominion customers will likely see a rate increase since the power plant has been shut down and the company had to buy alternate energy sources to keep up with demand.

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