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Nuclear Regulatory Commission worker questioned its oversight of Davis Besse
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission worker questioned its oversight of Davis Besse

OAK HARBOR — “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday released internal records that show one of its senior employees filed a pair of complaints questioning the agency’s own diligence in obtaining Davis-Besse documents from FirstEnergy Corp. in 2005 and 2007… Jim Gavula, an NRC employee for 24 years who now helps the […]

NRC to FirstEnergy: Tell us why Davis-Besse will be safe
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NRC to FirstEnergy: Tell us why Davis-Besse will be safe

PORT CLINTON — “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission wants to know why FirstEnergy Corp. thinks Davis-Besse will be safe after repairs now underway are completed… In March, inspectors found evidence of radioactive coolant leakage on the top of the reactor’s lid. Subsequent ultrasonic and other electronic inspections of the 69 “nozzles” or […]

Eight more nozzles at Davis-Besse found to be flawed
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Eight more nozzles at Davis-Besse found to be flawed

OAK HARBOR — “Eight more control-rod-drive mechanism nozzles atop Davis-Besse’s nuclear reactor head have indications of cracks or flaws, bringing the number needing repair to 24, FirstEnergy Corp. said Monday. That’s more than one third of the head’s 69 nozzles. The utility said its best-case scenario for restarting the plant, idle […]

The grandma who stood up
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The grandma who stood up

OREGON — “The power plant official called the bespectacled grandmother of two a liar when she said his company had already admitted responsibility for 10 percent of the young fish killed in the Maumee River. So Sandy Bihn started digging through the documents she brought with her to the public […]

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Massive fish kills lure call for action

OREGON — “A recent analysis by consulting firm Tetra Tech Inc. performed for the Ohio EPA estimates the plant in the Toledo suburb of Oregon kills 46 million fish per year that are caught in the plant’s cooling-water screens. That includes tens of thousands of walleye and perch. In addition, […]

Hearing addresses fish kills at Bay Shore
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Hearing addresses fish kills at Bay Shore

Environmentalists, FirstEnergy at odds OREGON — “The state regulatory agency has conceded the plant, in hindsight, never should have been built at the confluence of where the Maumee River meets Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay, one of the Great Lakes region’s most important fish nurseries. FirstEnergy’s self-reported numbers, generated by paid […]

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Public Hearing to be held Thursday, April 22 about FirstEnergy’s fish kills at the Bayshore Coal Plant in the Toledo area

TOLEDO — The Ohio EPA will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clay High School Auditorium to hear from the public about reducing fish kills at FirstEnergy’s Bayshore coal plant located in the Toledo/Oregon area on Maumee Bay. FirstEnergy is proposing […]

Problems at the Davis-Besse nuclear reactor near Toledo are worse than expected
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Problems at the Davis-Besse nuclear reactor near Toledo are worse than expected

OAK HARBOR — “As many as 16 critical parts in the Davis-Besse reactor lid are cracked or flawed, and the problem could get worse. Engineers expect to find additional problems when they conduct a third round of high-tech inspections in the coming weeks. The cracks can lead to radioactive coolant […]

Scientists: Keep Davis-Besse idle Group wants leaks addressed
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Scientists: Keep Davis-Besse idle Group wants leaks addressed

OAK HARBOR, Ohio — “Until FirstEnergy Corp. implements measures to ensure Davis-Besse nuclear plant’s reactor does not violate federal health and safety regulations, the Oak Harbor nuclear plant should not be allowed to restart, the Union of Concerned Scientists said. The science group Monday asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission […]

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Davis-Besse tests find more cracks in nozzles

OAK HARBOR — “Ultrasonic tests completed Sunday night show 12 of the 69 nozzles on top of Davis-Besse’s reactor head developed some sort of crack, eight more than previously known. Those 12 are among 14 that FirstEnergy Corp. identified last week as having suspicious flaws or indications of a crack […]