Ohio nuclear plants get stricter scrutiny after safety system problems

Davis Besse nuclear power plant (Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON, DC — “Federal regulators are watching the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants in Ohio more closely after problems with backup systems surfaced at both sites within the last year.

Speaking at a meeting about the Davis-Besse plant last month, Nuclear Regulatory Commission representatives seemed satisfied that appropriate measures had been taken and said oversight would continue while FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiaries are in bankruptcy. However, some critics worry about the plants’ ongoing attitudes towards safety.

‘The years-long uncertainty and financial pressure on reactor operations have already had a powerful impact, and the bankruptcy proceeding has only amplified that,’ said Tim Judson, executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), a Maryland-based anti-nuclear group.

…The NRC issued notices of ‘white’ violations to both Perry and Davis-Besse within the past year. Those findings have a low to moderate significance under the agency guidelines and they trigger additional review.”

— Kathiann M Kowalski, Midwest Energy News

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