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Chairman of the NRC to visit troubled Ohio nuclear reactor
Perry plant's performance problems spurred the visit
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The Perry nuclear power plant is one of two commercial plants in Ohio operated by First Energy. The company hopes to get the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's OK to extend their life for another 20 years.
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The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is coming Northeast Ohio Friday to tour of the Perry nuclear power plan.

Viktoria Mitlyng, a spokeswoman for the regulatory commission, says the Perry Nuclear Generating Station is having performance problems, which prompted Gregory Jaczko’s visit.

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“The chairman, for example, has visited the power phase plant in Michigan a couple of weeks ago, which is in the same performance column. So he visits the plants and he talks to the staff and the resident inspectors to basically be there in person and try to better understand the issues.” 

Jaczko will meet with reporters after his tour. 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission downgraded Perry’s safety rating this spring, and ordered its operator, Akron-based First Energy, to come up with a plan to correct problems with procedures and training. The company says it has done so.

 


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