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Ohio Nuclear Plant Had More Cracks

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The operator of an Ohio nuclear reactor
where cracks were discovered in the plant's concrete shell says it
alerted regulators last month to more cracks near the top of the
structure.

A spokeswoman for FirstEnergy Corp. told The Associated Press on
Wednesday the cracks were found in November.

The company previously had only publicly stated that cracks at
the Davis-Besse (BEH'-see) nuclear plant outside Toledo had been
found near the bottom of a wall designed to protect the reactor
from anything that might hit it from the outside, including storm
debris. The first cracks were found in October.

FirstEnergy spokeswoman Jennifer Young says the utility informed
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission immediately after the new
cracks were found and never tried to hide anything.

The plant shut down the reactor in early October and restarted
it Tuesday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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