News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

Levin Furniture

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Science and Technology


Davis Besse's renewal is not affected by NRC suspension, for now
Public meeting about strutcural safety data at the plant is scheduled for Thursday
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


Reporter
Tim Rudell
 
Davis Besse is one of two nuclear power plant in Ohio nearing the end of their original 40-year licenses.
Courtesy of TIM RUDELL
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced this week it is suspending final decisions on nuclear plant licenses and extensions until it complies with a court order to re-assess risks in the storage of spent nuclear fuel.  Practically speaking, the NRC says that doesn’t mean a lot because it has no final decisions pending. But it does have requests at earlier stages of the process, including for Ohio’s two nuclear reactors.

And WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that the commission is going ahead with a meeting tomorrow night about cracks in a safety structure of one of those plants.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:06)


Nuclear Regulatory Commission staffers are holding the public meeting in Oak Harbor to address why it allowed Davis-Besse to go back on line despite fine cracks found in its “shield building” last fall. 

Some opponents fear the cracks mean the domed concrete structure over the nuclear heart of the plant might not hold in a reactor explosion.  

John Stevenson is an International Atomic Energy Agency advisor, says they’re right -- but only because it’s the job of the hardened steel “containment vessel” around the reactor, not the shield building, to do that.

 “The point is, the structure itself is not designed for, nor is it expected ever to have to withstand internal pressure.”

At most, Stevenson says the concrete shield might contain some ambient radiation, but it’s big job is to keep outside forces – from tornados to terrorists – out. Stevenson also says all concrete structures develop cracks, and judging their significance does require study.

“That it has cracks in and of itself does not present a problem.  It all depends on what caused the cracks, the size of the cracks, and their nature.” 

 The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Oak Harbor High School.

 

 


Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
Thanks heavens that none of them have been condemned to death. This alons should convince the USA to join the civilized world by abolishing the death penalty. E...

Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
I do think Ballet in Cleveland is doing good things, but the fact that director says "When we have flourishing companies like the New York City Ballet and the A...

Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
was in nam 1969 exposed va stated lost medical records was in lawsuit from 197? till settled 0 $ 2010 ? said all nam vets will get back disability till 198? jus...

Mentorship grant program redefines "faith-based" provision
Can't anyone have values, beliefs, and morals anymore? How is it anymore unconstitutional for a school partner with a "faith-based" organization than any other ...

Exploradio: The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
Thank you, Jeff, for another well done Exploradio. I always learn something interesting about what is happening in NE Ohio.

Northeast Ohio's transgender community rallies around restroom issue
A good first step would be for Cleveland to require restaurants to have a public restroom. Cleveland is the only city I've ever been in where restaurants somet...

Vapor shops say tobacco tax hikes could hit them hard
Maybe you should be DOING a study, since every time you've tried to villianize them all that's happened was the opposite. I'm not a fan of alcohol that's flavor...

New law gives access to birth records to Ohio adoptees
Can siblings also look for their missing brother or sister? And how do we go about it?

Ida McKinley's tiara comes home, with the help of "Pawn Stars"
I donated to the fund to keep the tiara at the museum where I believe it belongs. I took my 16 year old granddaughter to the showing I dont think it will be som...

ResponsibleOhio names 10 counties as possible pot-growing locations
Ohio has always made its money off our prison system ,and ohio is so hard nose on us the public that there voicing concerns saying there on our behalf bullcrap ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University