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SC nuke officials: We missed chances to fix issues

Jul 14, 2010 11:25:00 AM - thestate.com
Nuclear power plant officials in South Carolina admit they missed opportunities to discover issues that led to blockages in the plant's emergency water lines.

But the Greenville News reports that Oconee Nuclear Station officials told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Atlanta on Tuesday the missed observations shouldn't lead to more oversight.

One of Oconee's reactors lost power and cooling for two seconds during a scheduled maintenance outage in April 2008.

Regulators cited Oconee for failing to check other units for blockages. Oconee officials say they initially thought the Unit 1 issue was isolated and didn't immediately check other units.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy operates three reactors at Oconee and has two other nuclear stations in the Carolinas.

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