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More cracks discovered in Davis-Besse nuclear reactor shield
FirstEnergy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission insist it remains safe
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Davis-Besse is one of two nuclear power plants in Ohio nearing the end of their original 40-year licenses
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Akron-based FirstEnergy says the reactor at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant still has an adequate safety shield around it.

Inspectors found cracks in 2011 in the 2 1/2 foot thick concrete barrier around the steel reactor shield, shutting the plant down for two months.
Now, using a new HD-camera, Akron-based utility says it has found three very tight cracks in the building.

But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says those are within guidelines established in 2011, and the building is still able to keep the elements out and radiation in. About half of the shield's examination ports have been inspected, and the NRC will check the rest in the next several weeks.

While the plant was shut down in 2011, the shield building was painted with a protective coating, and a long-term inspection program was established.
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