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

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.



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

Ohio nuclear plant has the most high-level safety violations nationwide
Unreleased report reveals Davis-Besse has had 14 violations since 2000

Amy Cooknick
Davis-Besse plant:

An as-yet unreleased report from the General Accounting Office says Ohio’s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant has the most higher-level violations per reactor of any commercial nuclear power plant in the country.

The report reveals inconsistent safety enforcement at nuclear plants, and classifies violation from low- to high-risk. The risks include issues like electrical problems.

From 2000 through 2012, Davis-Besse reported 14 such violations.

Jennifer Young is a spokesperson for First Energy. She says the plant’s high numbers come from a problem with a reactor vessel cap in 2002, when acid nearly ate through the reactor’s 6-inch-thick steel cap.  Young says that problem was resolved with updates to plant safety.

Young on safe operation

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:17)

“As an industry, we value problem identification and resolution," Young says. "So, whether it’s our own inspections identifying issues, or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s inspections finding low-level issues, we value that so that we can address them before they challenge safe operation.”

Young says the report draws attention to the importance of consistency in plant regulations and enforcement nationwide.

Listener Comments:

The reactor head incident at Davis Besse was a wake up call for the American people to take Safety and Human Performance training and coaching to our children at an early age. To reap the benefits of nuclear power and not hold each other responsible to its dangers is hypocritical. While we celebrate its environmental perks, we should not place the responsibility in the hands of operators alone. We must educate ourselves thoroughly enough to demand the TRUST AND INTEGRITY that operating nuke plants demand. First Energy and its employees have learned the painful consequences of putting production before safety. Their current safety initiatives speak for themselves as well as the auditors that govern them. We as american citizens should demand and educate ourselves by revealing the truth, and not settling for just turning on the light switch. We shouyld wake up our government, not the other way around.

Posted by: Electro Flex (BVPS) on October 22, 2013 6:10AM
Add Your Comment


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


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Bhutanese resettlement has had a big economic impact
Informative especially for nonmembers of North Hill. I appreciate the fact that you mention that the younger generation has an easier time than the elders but t...

Ottawa County Commissioner sworn in as new house member
Congratulations on your new appointment to the Ohio House. I'm certain you will do an outstanding job in your new role representing our district. When you have...

Holden Arboretum opens a new canopy walk and emergent tower
Visited the Holden Arboretum today to witness the incredible work you did constructing the tower and bridges.WOW! Very impressed. Knew the build had to be great...

Local club works to bring back the once-prevalent American elm
I would love to help! Where would I get some of the new Strain so I could plant them?

Four Geauga school districts consider consolidating on the Kent State campus
Berkshire was smart to merge with Ledgemont because it had shrinking enrollment and excess capacity at its high school. Now that Cardinal is dragging its feet ...

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Lawmakers call for indefinite freeze on Green Energy standards
It's a shame the Hudson Rep. Chooses to mimic the words of the extreme right senator on his way out to join ALEC when we know the Pope was just here because of...

Youngstown Schools file suit against the Ohio Department of Education to stop the implementation of an academic distress commission
Voters should ask WHY this plan was rushed into law under the cover of darkness. What clues point to the beneficiaries of this plan? Both Patrick O'Donnell of...

More join the battle against Ohio's current forfeiture laws
NOT TRUE IN OHIO! ! My cousin's 8 rental houses were siezed in the early 2000s. He was a decorated Cleveland Police officer and detective (now retired). His dis...

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