NRC to reveal details about Ohio nuke plant cracks

AP News
Posted: Dec 29, 2011 4:21 PM
NRC to reveal details about Ohio nuke plant cracks

Federal regulators will reveal more details next month about cracks found in the concrete shell of a nuclear reactor in Ohio.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a Jan. 5 public meeting where it will also discuss the reasons behind allowing the plant near Toledo to reopen. The Davis-Besse (BEH'-see) nuclear plant began producing electricity again in early December, less than two months after the cracks were discovered.

Regulators allowed FirstEnergy Corp. to restart the plant after saying the company provided reasonable assurance that the cracks don't pose a threat. Regulators say they also did their own checks.

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIN'-ich) criticized the decision, saying that it's still not known what caused the cracks or whether it's a bigger problem.