Ohio nuclear plant with cracked building can open

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2011 6:57 PM
Ohio nuclear plant with cracked building can open

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.

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