Quake Damaged Both North Anna Reactors

Saturday, September 10, 2011
By Paul Martin

NRC rejects quick restart at Virginia nuclear plant

Fri Sep 9, 2011

Nuclear regulators shot down an ambitious five-week timeline proposed to restart Dominion’s (D.N) two North Anna reactors in Virginia during a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the Aug. 23 earthquake that knocked the station offline.

The 1,806-megawatt station has remained shut since it automatically tripped last month after the unusually strong 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck roughly 12 miles (19 km) from the plant in Mineral, Virginia.

On Thursday, Dominion officials said Unit 1 could be “physically” ready to restart by Sept. 22.

Dominion also said Unit 2 — set to begin a refueling outage in late September — could be refueled and ready to restart by mid-October.

An official from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, however, noted that the agency’s special inspection team may be finishing work at the site around Sept. 22 and warned that more meetings will likely be needed between Dominion officials and the NRC to better understand the company’s plan to restart the plant.

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