Davis-Besse nuclear plant closed, repairs planned

TOLEDO — “Tests are underway at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant after more than a dozen cracks were found in reactor head nozzles. As of right now, cracks have been found in 14 of the plant’s 69 nozzles, and the repair work won’t get underway until tests wrap up later this week…

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has inspectors working inside Davis-Besse. The repair work will start in a week or so, but there’s no word on how long the repairs will take. Davis-Besse produces 980 megawatts, which is enough to power about 750,000 homes. While the plant is off line the power comes from other First Energy nuclear power plants.”


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Safety first
TOLEDO — “Repairing the reactor head likely will delay the restart, although for how long isn’t known. More important, however, is the ‘root-cause’ report FirstEnergy must prepare, addressing the question the NRC team is investigating. Until officials understand why the nozzles are degrading prematurely, Davis-Besse should remain offline. We expect the newly safety-conscious FirstEnergy will agree.”

— editorial, Toledo Blade.