| Article published Saturday, May 31, 2003|
FirstEnergy may get record fine
OAK HARBOR, Ohio - The Nuclear Regulatory
Commission has left open the possibility of issuing a record-setting
fine against FirstEnergy Corp. by finalizing its earlier
determination that the six-inch rust cavity in Davis-Besse’s reactor
head was of "high safety significance."
In a letter Thursday
to Lew Myers, chief operating officer of the utility’s nuclear
subsidiary, the NRC said it was standing by its "red" determination
for 10 violations related to the rust problem, the worst corrosion
of its kind in U.S. nuclear history. The "red" classification is the
most severe and will be used as a basis for determining a fine or
other penalties at a later date, including possible criminal
charges, officials said.
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