The NRC allows Davis-Besse to reopen despite cracks

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OAK HARBOR, Ohio—Federal regulators will allow an Ohio nuclear reactor to reopen after being satisfied that cracks discovered in concrete at the plant don’t pose a safety concern.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday that the operator of the nuclear plant along Lake Erie has given them reasonable assurance that cracks found on the outside of the reactor containment building don’t pose a safety threat.

The Davis-Besse (BEH’-see) plant outside Toledo was shut down in October for installation of the 82-ton reactor head. Soon afterward, crews discovered a 30-foot hairline crack in the outer wall.

In a letter to the chairman of the agency, Mr. Kucinich disputed FirstEnergy’s description of the cracks as “hairline” and as limited to decorative concrete. He said the cracks appear to follow the line of the reinforcing bar, are clearly visible, and run for 30 feet.

Plant operator FirstEnergy Corp. says it will closely monitor the containment building and try to find out what led to the cracks.

Source: Toledo Blade

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