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Ohio nuclear plant has the most high-level safety violations nationwide
Unreleased report reveals Davis-Besse has had 14 violations since 2000
by WKSU's AMY COOKNICK


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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.

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“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.


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