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Regional News | Article published Friday, April 25, 2003
Test confirms integrity of containment building

OAK HARBOR, Ohio - FirstEnergy Corp. has passed another threshold in effort to restart the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant, a major test of the concrete and steel-reinforced containment building that shields the plantís reactor.

Jack Grobe, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commissionís oversight panel, told The Blade the building passed its integrated leak test.

The eight-hour test, which began the night of April 7, showed that the shell has been restored to adequate strength, he said. The shell had to be cut open to swap out reactor heads last summer.

The test is separate from a week-long pressure test of the reactor, one of the largest and most anticipated inspections in the plantís 26-year history. Among other things, that test will determine whether the reactor bottom leaks.




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