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An old nuclear problem creeps back
FirstEnergy

An old nuclear problem creeps back

NEW YORK, NY — “The American nuclear industry, primed to begin new construction projects for the first time in 30 years, is about as eager for an operating problem at an old reactor as the oil industry was for a well blowouton the eve of opening the Atlantic coast to […]

Fish killed at power plant may exceed $30 million a year
FirstEnergy

Fish killed at power plant may exceed $30 million a year

Court values bass alone at $50 apiece TOLEDO — “If $30 million worth of fish sounds like a lot for northwest Ohio’s economy to sacrifice each year for electricity generated by Oregon’s Bay Shore power plant, consider this: The real impact might be a lot greater. On Wednesday, as a […]

FirstEnergy plan expected to slow deterioration at Davis-Besse
FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy plan expected to slow deterioration at Davis-Besse

OAK HARBOR — “Three degrees might not sound like much. But according to FirstEnergy Corp., a three-degree reduction in Davis-Besse’s operating temperature will provide enough safety over the next two years to ensure there is no additional cracking of the steel nozzles that penetrate the reactor’s interim head. Now it’s […]

Fish kills cost region $30 million annually
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Fish kills cost region $30 million annually

Bay Shore plant in Oregon blamed OREGON — “‘FirstEnergy has gotten away with massive fish kills scot-free for years,’ Sandy Bihn of the Western Lake Erie Waterkeepers Association said as she spoke to reporters on a conference call yesterday. Her group is working in tandem with others – the Sierra […]

Nuclear Regulatory Commission worker questioned its oversight of Davis Besse
FirstEnergy

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 […]

24 years later: The consequences of Chernobyl
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24 years later: The consequences of Chernobyl

OLD WESTBURY, NY – “Monday is the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident. It comes as the nuclear industry and pro-nuclear government officials in the U.S. and other nations try to ‘revive’ nuclear power. It also follows the just-released publication of a book, the most comprehensive study ever […]

The grandma who stood up
FirstEnergy

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 […]

FirstEnergy

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, […]