The NRC will host a public meeting from 6:30 -9:30 p.m. Jan. 5 to discuss its independent inspection of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant shield building. At the meeting, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Corp., the operators of the plant, will explain how they came to the conclusion that the shield building is safe for continued use.
Those who cannot attend in person can still join the conversation by calling 800-369-1122 and entering passcode 7687149.
FirstEnergy informed the NRC of the problem after discovering cracks Oct. 10, while utility workers were replacing the reactor vessel head.
The shield building is a 2.5 foot thick reinforced concrete building surrounding a 1.5 inch thick steel containment vessel that encloses the reactor. The two buildings are separated by a 4.5 foot hollow space.
Regulators allowed FirstEnergy Corp. to restart the plant after saying the company provided reasonable assurance that the cracks don’t pose a threat. Regulators say they also did their own checks.
Source: Sandusky Register
Source: Toledo Blade
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