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Shearon Harris tries new fire protection procedures

Federal regulators have given the Shearon Harris nuclear plant approval to try an alternative way to meet fire safety standards.

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NEW HILL, N.C. — Federal regulators have given the Shearon Harris nuclear plant approval to try an alternative way to meet fire safety standards.

The plant in southwest Wake County has fallen short of federal fire safety standards for more than 10 years, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is testing new standards.

Shearon Harris is the first nuclear plant in the U.S. to adopt the new standard.

Progress Energy, which owns the plant, won't have to retrofit the whole plant, just areas at high risk for fires. The company will have to make some modifications to protect electrical conduits.

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