Feds doing more oversight at SC nuclear plant

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm •  Published: September 23, 2013
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Robinson is actually undergoing a scheduled shutdown this week for refueling the reactor and other maintenance. A third of the fuel inside the single-unit, 750-megawatt pressurized water reactor needs to be replaced every 18 months. Officials have estimated that the planned outage, which will take several days, will cost about $60 million.

The NRC stepped up scrutiny at Robinson after incidents in 2010 that included fires, a faulty emergency generator breaker and inadequate worker training. In 2011, a false alarm sounded in a reactor containment building while the unit was being brought back on line after a faulty relay shut it down three days earlier.

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Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

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