Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 2:14 PM
Last week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public hearing to present its preliminary findings on the damage at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo. In March, plant operator FirstEnergy found that leaking acid had eaten a football-sized hole in the lid of the reactor. The NRC's findings make it clear the company should have detected the damage sooner. Now the Commission must decide if FirstEnergy's proposed repair plan will meet operational and safety guidelines. It's meeting with the company today outside Washington. But nuclear industry watchdogs say any repair would be an experiment, since it's the first time this kind of damage has ever been seen. They're calling for replacement, not repair. 90.3 WCPN's Karen Schaefer reports.