NRC and FirstEnergy to hold public meeting regarding Davis-Besse Cracks

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Federal regulators will reveal more details next month about cracks found in the concrete shell of a nuclear reactor in Ohio.

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.

 

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The meeting will take place at the Camp Perry Clubhouse, 1000 Lawrence Rd., Bldg. 600, Port Clinton.  It will be open to the public, and questions are welcome after the presentations.

Those who cannot attend in person can still join the conversation by calling 800-369-1122 and entering passcode 7687149.

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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.

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIN‘-ich) criticized the decision, saying that it’s still not known what caused the cracks or whether it’s a bigger problem.

Source: Sandusky Register

Source: Toledo Blade

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