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.

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Levin Furniture

Hennes Paynter Communications


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
Economy and Business


FirstEnergy's nuclear fleet set for upgrades
The utility's aging nuclear reactors require expensive upgrades, but nuclear power is a major component of the company's output
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


Reporter / Host
Jeff St. Clair
 
The Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Oak Harbor is awaiting license renewal from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The current licensed expires in 2017. Nuclear regulators say it could be another year before issues of storage of spent fuel are resolved nationally. The NRC issued it's largest fine ever after a large hole was discovered in the reactor head in 2002.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Two of Akron-based FirstEnergy’s four nuclear reactors will soon undergo hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of upgrades.

LISTEN: Nuclear plant upgrades

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:56)


One of the two units at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station, 80 miles southeast of Akron, will receive a new reactor vessel head and steam generator.

FirstEnergy spokeswoman Jennifer Young says years of planning go into the upgrade.

“We’re talking about the 2017 steam generator replacement right now, so this is something we plan for well in advance.  And it’s also something we bring in a skilled labor force that is used to doing this kind of work to perform.”

Young says crews next spring will also replace the steam generator at the Davis-Besse plant.  

Renewal of the operating license at Davis-Besse is on-hold until regulators work out new rules for storage of spent nuclear waste. 

Federal inspectors say cracks discovered in the concrete housing at Davis-Besse do not pose a safety threat.

Young says about 30% of FirstEnergy’s power generation comes from its four nuclear units in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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...

Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
Stevia is not an artificial sweetener. It is a plant. I have one growing in my sunroom. The leaves are dried and added to teas. It's harvested commercially and...

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...

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