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Public questions NRC after Shearon Harris shuttered

Posted May 20, 2013

— The sudden shutdown of a nuclear power plant outside North Carolina's capital city because of year-old data prompted questions at a local meeting with federal regulators on Monday.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees held an annual public meeting and question-and-answer session about the Shearon Harris nuclear plant at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

The meeting comes days after the plant in southern Wake County was suddenly shut down. Operators reviewing tests from last year rechecked the data last week and found tiny marks of corrosion and cracking that need repair.

"When they re-reviewed the data, it was discovered," said NRC spokesman Roger Hannah. "That is a question we would like answered. At this point, we do not have those answers."

Spokesmen for plant operator Duke Energy haven't explained why the problem wasn't found last year.

"This was a miss," said Regis Repko, the utility's senior vice president of nuclear operations. "It clearly does not meet our expectations." 

But Duke Energy says no radioactive material has leaked from the plant.

Jim Warren, spokesman for utility watchdog group NCWARN, questions that assertion.

"That is simply not matched by your own report to the NRC that classifies the reason for the shutdown as potential uncontrolled radiation release," Warren said.

Charlotte-based Duke Energy took over the plant after its merger with Raleigh-based Progress Energy last summer.

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  • tran May 21, 2013

    Soon they'll be revising the revisions.

  • sureuare May 21, 2013

    This is a game! They didn't get the rate hike that they wanted so they shut down SH. They will manipulate the NRC and get the money one way or another!

  • JustKeepingItReal May 21, 2013

    I would like to know why the NRC has not fined Duke for this "oversight"? Duke should receive a stiff fine and the NC Utilities Commission should not allow Duke any rate increases to recoup the fine. I am pro nuclear energy, but I do not think that Duke has the necessary skills to run a nuclear facility. With that said, it would seem logical that until Duke can prove they have the skills to run a nuclear facility, that all the nuclear facilities they operate should be shut down.

  • Obamacare survives May 21, 2013

    "I can see Sharon Harris here from the top of the Governors Club just south of Chapel Hill. It's a lovely view and I am proud to be in a state that supports this sort of energy."
    welfarequeen

    She must be a really big girl.

  • realmmmdonuts May 21, 2013

    "Why exactly should we believe ANYTHING Duke Enrgy has to say? They've proven they'll say what they have to in order to get what they want...remember the whole head honcho deal??? Bunch of liars." - Wendellcatlover

    Lying to customers and investors is nothing compared to what would happen if they lied to the NRC.

  • same ole story May 21, 2013

    Keep on pushing the postage stamp size lots closer and closer to the reactor in Cary and Apex. These "Little" leaks will continue to grow and expand with little fan fare. Then in e few years all these mysteries about a large cluster of cancer will be coming to light. By that time the power company will put such a spin on it that you will be thankful for the cancer. NEVER FORGET 3 MILE ISLAND OR THE LOVE CANAL IN WESTEN NEW YORK. THEY SAID IT WAS SAFEW THERE TOO. UNTIL A GENERATION LATER THAT WAS STRICKEN BY ILLNESS AND LIFE ENDING DISEASE.

  • welfarequeen May 21, 2013

    I can see Sharon Harris here from the top of the Governors Club just south of Chapel Hill. It's a lovely view and I am proud to be in a state that supports this sort of energy.

  • mep May 21, 2013

    NOT govt inspectors failing to do their jobs! Say it isnt so!

    ZERO... the number of American lives lost as a direct result of a nuclear disaster. Nuclear power is very safe.

  • kmengineer08 May 21, 2013

    Duke/ Progress Energy would be motivated to maintain their facility at all cost and not hide anything since the potential liability is tremendous. Now that's not to say that individual employees can make mistakes or hide information to cover up their mistakes. But heck they are no more likely to cover things up then our own government, so how about stop insulting them just because they are a for profit company. FULL DISCLOSURE: I DO NOT work for Progress/Duke Energy.

  • Wendellcatlover May 21, 2013

    Why exactly should we believe ANYTHING Duke Enrgy has to say? They've proven they'll say what they have to in order to get what they want...remember the whole head honcho deal??? Bunch of liars.

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