| Article published Friday, April 25, 2003|
Test confirms integrity of containment
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.
chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commissionís oversight panel,
told The Blade the building passed its integrated leak
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
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.