CARROLL TOWNSHIP -- Federal inspectors will talk Tuesday morning
about findings from recent inspections at Davis-Besse of procedures
created since several workers walked out of the plant unknowingly
carrying minuscule radioactive particles.
That meeting will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday at the plant's
administration building, 5501 N. Ohio 2.
Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission evaluated the
Davis-Besse radiation protection program and will present the
results of their review. Those evaluations were part of ongoing
inspections at the plant since the end of last year. The program was
included as part of the plant's requirements before restart.
"If it goes well, which we believe it will, they should close out
item," said company spokesman Todd Schneider about a list of
essentials the plant has to complete.
Davis-Besse has been shut down for more than a year since workers
found a massive amount of corrosion on the reactor head during a
routine refueling outage. For the past year, officials at the parent
company, FirstEnergy, have been rearranging senior management,
fixing physical problems at the plant and creating new programs to
prevent any further issues.
After the plant went off-line last spring, contractors who had
just worked on the steam generators walked out with minute particles
of radiation on their clothing.
They were found when the contractors went to work at other plants
in the southern United States. The particles were traced back to
Davis-Besse, and after review the NRC decided to rate the event "low
to moderate" safety significance.
The company did not contest the findings, which did not come with
any fines because there was no health risk to the workers or the
Initially, NRC officials speculated there might be hefty fines
associated with the incident.
Later in the day Tuesday, the NRC will meet with FirstEnergy
officials, then the public, to talk about progress toward restart at
The first meeting will be 2 p.m. at the Camp Perry Clubhouse, and
will feature FirstEnergy's report to an NRC oversight panel.
The second, scheduled for 7 p.m. also at the clubhouse, will give
the public an update on the afternoon meeting and NRC officials will
be on hand to answer questions and take comments.
Both meetings are open to the public.
Originally published Friday, April 11, 2003