Davis-Besse and other nuclear power news
May - Jun 2003

Jun 28:  Group urges FirstEnergy probe
Utility misled shareholders, regulators about Davis-Besse, SEC told

CLEVELAND -- " A Cleveland-based advocacy group trying to keep FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse nuclear plant from restarting has told the Securities and Exchange Commission it believes the Akron utility misled its shareholders as well as regulators for years about the Oak Harbor plant's condition. Ohio Citizen Action has asked the SEC to investigate its allegations and pursue a civil and criminal prosecution of First-Energy. But FirstEnergy called the group's letter to the SEC a publicity stunt. Amy Ryder, Ohio Citizen Action's Cleveland director, said the letter to the SEC is not a publicity stunt. ``The reason we filed the petition is because FirstEnergy has to abide by fair disclosure rules,'' she said. ``They failed to disclose information to regulators and to shareholders,''" Jim MacKinnon, Akron Beacon Journal.
Jun 27:  FirstEnergy deliberately misleading its shareholders

CLEVELAND -- " Ohio Citizen Action alleges FirstEnergy management omitted material information from shareholders and financial analysts regarding degradation of the Davis-Besse reactor vessel head in 2000 and 2001. In addition, Ohio Citizen Action alleges that the management repeatedly misled stockholders about Davis-Besse’s readiness for restart. Ohio Citizen Action alleges violation of SEC rules regarding disclosure of matters relating to the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant," Amy Ryder, Ohio Citizen Action, petition to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CLEVELAND -- "Nuclear industry to apply "peer pressure" to problems," John Mangels, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Jun 26:   Group seeking delay of Davis-Besse restart

WASHINGTON, DC -- "A watchdog group is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delay restarting Ohio's Davis-Besse reactor until the agency has wrapped up its investigation into potentially criminal wrongdoing by plant managers. . . . Davis-Besse employees yesterday began an accelerated 12-hours-a-day, six-day workweek, and they sealed the big hatch that had been used to shuttle repair equipment in and out of the reactor building. The activities are in anticipation of a crucial weeklong test in mid-July to determine whether the huge reactor vessel, with its new lid, is leak-tight," John Mangels, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

WASHINGTON, DC -- "Nuclear plant delay requested," Akron Beacon Journal.

WASHINGTON, DC -- "Group wants Davis-Besse reopening pushed back," Malia Rulon, Associated Press, access fee; no link.

TOLEDO -- "Besse faces new problem with pumps," Tad Vezner, Toledo Blade.
Jun 25:   Union of Concerned Scientists urges NRC to delay restart of Ohio nuclear plant pending criminal investigation

WASHINGTON, DC -- "The Union of Concerned Scientists' legal brief documented numerous statements repeatedly made by FirstEnergy, many under oath, to the NRC about conditions at Davis-Besse that have been proven to be false. FirstEnergy knew or should have known that these statements were incorrect. UCS alleges that the false statements include: (1) There are no structural impediments to the visibility of the reactor vessel head, (2) The reactor vessel head was cleaned before each inspection in order to expose the bare metal for close visual examination, and (3) The reactor vessel head was inspected regularly using established procedures," David Lochbaum, Eric Young, Union of Concerned Scientists (88 KB .doc).

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- "Ohio nuke restart should await probe result -- group," Spencer Swartz, Reuters.

CLEVELAND -- "NRC reports Davis-Besse safety pump design flaw," John Funk, John Mangels, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

OAK HARBOR -- "More bad news for Davis-Besse," Associated Press.
Jun 24:   U.S. NRC inspects cracks at Exelon Illinois nuke

SAN FRANCISCO -- "The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is inspecting an Exelon Corp. nuclear power plant in Illinois to find what caused cracks in equipment inside a reactor vessel, the NRC said on Monday. . . . The nuclear power industry has been wrestling with cracking problems in reactor vessel heads after severe corrosion was discovered last year at a FirstEnergy Corp. power plant in Ohio,'" Reuters.
Jun 23:   NRC cracks down; industry strikes back

CLEVELAND -- "'The NRC has tried to ignore design-basis problems at Davis-Besse because they [the agency] supposedly had programs in place' to catch them, said Greenpeace's Jim Riccio, author of a study by the watchdog group Public Citizen that documented more than 500 instances between 1996 and 1999 in which U.S. reactors were operating outside design specifications. The agency 'is taking credit for safety systems that may not work. Pull this string, and the emperor has no clothes,'" John Mangels, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Jun 20:   FirstEnergy outlines plan for Davis-Besse pump fix
August restart is still possible, regulators are told

ROCKVILLE, MD -- "'It’s very simple, and very straightforward, and we believe it's the best solution to the problem,' Gary Leidich, FirstEnergy’s executive vice president, said," Michael Woods, Toledo Blade.

ROCKVILLE, MD -- "NRC satisfied with Davis-Besse pump plan; Late summer restart possible," Greg Wright, Gannett News Service.
Jun 19:   Davis-Besse campaign nears 27,000 customer letters to FirstEnergy calling for a permanent shutdown

Cleveland canvassers

Larger photo of Cleveland field canvassers, with names

CLEVELAND -- "As of June 18, 2003, Ohio Citizen Action field canvassers from our Cleveland, Akron and Toledo field offices, and the statewide phone canvassers in Cleveland, had collected 26,821 handwritten letters, member names on sign-on letters, and postcards urging FirstEnergy to keep the Davis-Besse reactor closed. Today, the Cleveland field canvass crews are knocking on doors in Brecksville," Ohio Citizen Action.

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- "Traffic mess renews evacuation debate," Roger Witherspoon, New York Journal News.

WASHINGTON, DC -- "The Half-Life of Pork: Wall Street won't fund nuclear power plants, but the industry's best friend, Senator Pete Domenici, is lining up investors who will -- you," Michael Scherer, Mother Jones.
Jun 17:   FirstEnergy delays nuke test, still sees Aug restart

SAN FRANCISCO -- "FirstEnergy Corp. still aims to restart its troubled Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in August despite a delay for a critical performance test, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. A weeklong test of the operating pressure and temperature in the Ohio plant's atomic reactor and cooling system to ensure there are no leaks has been pushed back to mid-July, said Todd Schneider, a spokesman for Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy. The test had been planned for the first half of June," Reuters.
Jun 13:   25,000 letters urge FirstEnergy to keep Davis-Besse closed

Akron canvassers

Larger photo of Akron field canvassers, with names

CINCINNATI -- "As of June 5, 2003, Ohio Citizen Action field canvassers from our Akron (pictured above), Cleveland and Toledo field offices, and the statewide phone canvassers in Cleveland, had collected 25,699 handwritten letters, member names on sign-on letters, and postcards urging FirstEnergy to keep the Davis-Besse reactor closed. FirstEnergy has not replied to a single one. Today, the Akron field canvass crew is canvassing in Cuyahoga Falls," Ohio Citizen Action.
Jun 13:   Davis-Besse incident inspires revival of regulatory philosophy

ROCKVILLE, MD -- ""We need some mechanism for NRC to remove toxic leadership," suggested David Collins, an engineering analyst at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut, noting that overbearing executives could diminish plant safety. . . William Keisler, nuclear power consultant who worked at Davis-Besse in the 1980s, said that the plant’s lax safety culture may be deeply ingrained, noting it has spanned three major changes in management. The culture, he said, seems to result in serious mishaps at Davis-Besse every 8.5 years," Michael Woods, Toledo Blade.

ROCKVILLE, MD -- "NRC debates 'safety culture' at nuke plants," Stephen Koff, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Jun 12: NRC issues caveat after Davis-Besse

ROCKVILLE, MD -- "The NRC has studied the likelihood of clogged sumps since the mid-1990s, but [Scott Burnell, an NRC spokesman] said the nation’s nuclear oversight agency has little information about what measures specific plants take to avoid the problem," Rachel Zinn, Toledo Blade.
Jun 11: NRC reacts to Davis-Besse flaws

ROCKVILLE, MD -- "The NRC has been aware for nearly two decades that debris blown about the containment building by a high-pressure geyser of coolant from a pipe break or other rupture could clog the sumps - and starve emergency pumps pushing the coolant back into the reactor core. . . . . Because there is no backup system to the sump and its emergency pumps, a failure of any part of the system could lead to a meltdown of the reactor's nuclear core -- challenging the reactor building's ability to keep the radioactivity out of the environment. . . Yesterday's bulletin asks each plant owner whether an engineering analysis has been done, how thorough it was, and whether top officials can swear under oath that the sumps and related equipment will work after a major accident," John Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- "Nuclear plants near airports may be at risk," Gary Stoller, USA Today.
Jun 6: Texas nuke plant seeks answers to bottom cracks

ROCKVILLE, MD -- "If bottom leaks are found [at the South Texas Project reactor near Houston, Texas], a decision would have to be made about repairs. Davis-Besse managers suggested earlier that they might just plug the nozzles and do without instrument readings from that section of the nuclear core," John Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Jun 5: All plants may get 'attitude' checks
Task force studies what went wrong

ROCKVILLE, MD -- "Mandatory 'safety culture' inspections are a possibility at all of the nation’s 103 nuclear power plants as a result of corrosion problems found at the Davis-Besse plant, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official said yesterday. Although not specifically defined, the inspections assess the attitude that management and workers at a nuclear plant demonstrate toward safety concerns and enforcement of regulations," Michael Woods, Toledo Blade.
Jun 4: Davis-Besse to be operating by August, utility exec says

PORT CLINTON -- "Despite numerous unresolved engineering issues at the idled Davis-Besse nuclear power plant, a top official yesterday said plant owner FirstEnergy Corp. believes the reactor will be ready to start making electricity by early to mid-August. 'We feel solid about the first part of August,' Lew Myers, chief operating officer of the company's nuclear division, told the special Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel overseeing repairs at Davis-Besse. . . . Davis-Besse must explain how workers flooded part of the plant last month when they were filling a circulating water system, said [NRC Panel Chairman Jack] Grobe. The accident could indicate carelessness. The workers began filling the system without checking whether the drain valves were closed, said resident NRC inspector Scott Thomas, and flooded a large area to a depth of about 3 inches," John Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

PORT CLINTON -- "Nuclear reactor on track to restart; Davis-Besse will have another inspector, still has major test in July," Jim Mackinnon, Akron Beacon Journal.

PORT CLINTON -- "Nuke plant plans test for start-up next month; Davis-Besse hopes to operate in August," Tom Henry, Toledo Blade.

CAMP PERRY -- "First Energy pushes back restart of Davis-Besse plant until August; Full pressure test in July," Jack Buehrer, Port Clinton News Herald.

ROCKVILLE, MD -- "NRC to study how nuclear plants address corrosion," Associated Press.
May 31: FirstEnergy may get record fine

OAK HARBOR -- "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," Toledo Blade.
May 27: U.S. NRC fails to investigate worker fatigue at Davis-Besse

CLEVELAND -- "The FirstEnergy employee who conducted this investigation is an employee of FirstEnergy and is dependent for their paycheck by FirstEnergy approving of their work product. Therefore, this individual is, by definition, not independent. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be the independent regulator, not FirstEnergy employees. How did the technical staff determine the investigation was adequate? How many employees did the NRC talk to, other than the FirstEnergy employee assigned to investigate his/her own employer, to assure that the evaluation was adequate?" Amy Ryder, Cleveland area program director, Ohio Citizen Action (27 KB doc).

LISLE, IL -- "We consider the issues closed," letter, John Grobe, Chairman, Davis-Besse Oversight Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, dated May 16.

AKRON -- "Semi-annual fitness for duty report, July - Dec 2002," Lew Myers, Chief Operating Officer, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (103 KB pdf).

May 23: Cracks found in bottom area of Texas nuke plant

BAY CITY, TX -- "Officials at a Texas nuclear plant say testing has confirmed the presence of five small cracks in a location where such damage had never been seen before -- in tubes that penetrate the bottom of the reactor. The preliminary findings, released yesterday, show that one crack was completely through the inch-thick metal wall of one of the instrument tubes, allowing a tiny amount of the reactor's coolant to seep out. . . . One other plant, Ohio's Davis-Besse near Toledo, has found suspicious coolant residue on the bottom of its reactor, raising concerns about similar cracks and leakage on the underbelly of the massive steel vessel. Davis-Besse already has had a pineapple-size rust hole in the lid of its reactor, the result of cracks and leaks in control rod tubes. Those upper tubes, which have cracked at several other plants as well, are made of the same alloy as the instrument tubes on the reactors' base," John Mangels, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
May 22: Toledo Edison chooses repair option for reactor emergency pumps

OAK HARBOR -- "Barring a failed laboratory test next month, FirstEnergy Corp. will repair rather than replace two pumps essential for operating Davis-Besse’s emergency backup system in the event of a nuclear accident, a company spokesman said. . . . FirstEnergy found out in the fall that Davis-Besse’s pair of pumps has a design flaw that makes them prone to malfunctioning if they encounter debris. . . The company has said it has lost at least $10 million to $15 million each month Davis-Besse has sat idle - and considerably more in the summer, when demand is higher," Tom Henry, Toledo Blade.
May 21: Cause of corrosion stumps regulators
Report cites degree of uncertainty

OAK HARBOR -- "NRC officials said they are befuddled why similar corrosion has not occurred at other nuclear plants that had similar control rod nozzles that leak corrosive boric acid from their reactors. 'In short, the degree of uncertainty and the number of unknowns regarding the progression of events that led to the development of the cavity at Davis-Besse limits the ability to qualify the technical root cause report beyond 'plausible' at this time,' the NRC said," Tom Henry, Toledo Blade.

AKRON -- "Restart of Davis-Besse top priority; Shareholders receive update," Jennifer Funk, Port Clinton News Herald.
May 20: Safety or secrecy?

LOS ANGELES, CA -- "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has quietly issued new security standards that nuclear power plants must meet to defend against terrorist attacks. If this was intended to help people living near the plants sleep more soundly, it was a dismal failure. . . . The new rules may be a reaction to 9/11, but the commission doesn't seem to have learned the lesson of those attacks — not a thing will be done to reduce the vulnerability of reactors to strikes from the air," Bennett Ramberg, column, New York Times.
May 19: AEP finds cracks on Michigan Cook 2 nuke vessel head

NEW YORK -- "Adding to the list of nuclear power reactors with vessel head problems, American Electric Power Co Inc. (AEP) said Monday it found cracks on the head of its 1,090 megawatt Cook 2 unit in Michigan during a refueling outage. . . . AEP said the indications were 'previously identified during the last refueling outage in February 2002.' At that time, AEP determined it was 'acceptable to leave (the unit) in service for a full cycle,'" Reuters.
May 18: Failed deal to sell coal-fired plants a boon for utility

TOLEDO -- "After a $1.5 billion deal a year ago to sell the four plants fell apart and renewed efforts to sell them last year produced no acceptable offers, the Akron utility that owns Toledo Edison said this month for the first time that it plans to keep operating the generators for years. . . .Considering that the announcement about retaining the Lake Erie plants was made amid doubts about when -- if ever -- Davis-Besse will reopen, there is some question about whether the coal-fired generators were to be kept as a contingency. 'It's a possibility. The reasoning is correct,' said Joan Goodman, an analyst with the Pershing Division of Credit Suisse First Boston," Jon Chavez, Toledo Blade.
May 17: Inspector workload concerns NRC brass

WASHINGTON, DC -- "The ranks of workers who make sure the nation's nuclear power plants are operating safely are spread thin, in part because of the problems at the Davis-Besse nuclear reactor. . . a report from the NRC staff shows that inspectors have cut some procedures to a bare minimum allowed under NRC rules. If done year after year, these "coping strategies" could "erode the staff's ability" to identify possible problems at nuclear power plants, said the April 21 report from William Travers, NRC executive director for operations," Stephen Koff, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
May 16: Davis-Besse failure linked to new rules

WASHINGTON, DC -- "Before the task force's report was complete, however, NRC staff had removed a section on the shortcomings of the NRC's new reactor oversight process," Stephen Koff, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
May 15: FirstEnergy urges quick NRC OK for Ohio nuke test

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- "FirstEnergy Corp said on Thursday it needs urgent regulatory approval to run a critical test at its downed Davis-Besse nuclear power plant to allow it to meet its August restart target. . . . NRC spokesman Jan Strasma, however, said the application and test schedule is 'tight.' 'Normally it takes us several weeks to process an amendment to technical specifications or to the license, and that's on an expedited basis,' said Strasma. A license amendment not urgently needed takes the NRC several months to process, he said," Leonard Anderson, Reuters.
May 14: NRC’s handling of Davis-Besse examined:
House panel asks for agency documents on reactor’s near-disaster

WASHINGTON, DC -- "The only thing holding back the reactor’s intense pressure was a stainless steel liner two-tenths of an inch thick - about the thickness of three credit cards. It had started to buckle and crack, and was not engineered to be used for anything other than corrosion control, NRC officials have said. NRC officials have for months described the situation as the nation’s worst corrosion problem of its kind, a maintenance letdown that put northwest Ohio on the brink of an accident akin to the one at Three Mile Island. New NRC chief Nils Diaz, on the job since April 1, called the problem 'an enormous failure' of safety oversight by both FirstEnergy and the NRC," Fritz Wenzel, Toledo Blade.
May 13: Standard & Poor's comments on FirstEnergy Corp.

NEW YORK, NY -- "Should the [New Jersey Board of Public Utilities] staff recommendation stand, FirstEnergy's annualized projected cashflows will be lower by about $110 million. This lower level of cash flow, combined with any further delays in restarting the Davis Besse nuclear facility, would put a strain on FirstEnergy's ability to achieve its deleveraging targets and cash coverage ratios of 3x by year-end 2003. As more information becomes available on the rate proceedings and Davis Besse, Standard & Poor's will re-evaluate the situation," Standard & Poor's.

WASHINGTON, DC -- " Lack of stronger policy opens reactors to terrorists, critics say," Jim Morris, Dallas Morning News.
May 9: NRC curious about 'unique' cracks at Davis-Besse

ROCKVILLE, MD -- "Hairline cracks penetrated through all but two-tenths of an inch of a metal sheet that shielded northwest Ohio from a potentially serious nuclear accident, a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission official said yesterday. . . Had the liner burst, a serious release of radioactivity could have occurred, Mr. Cullen pointed out. Radioactive water traveling through the hole would have contaminated Davis-Besse. In addition, water loss could have led to the most serious kind of nuclear power plant accident, risking widespread release of radiation from the reactor," Michael Woods, Toledo Blade.
May 8: Two pumps at Davis-Besse no good, firm says
Utility will repair or replace devices

LISLE, IL -- "FirstEnergy Corp. left little doubt yesterday about the status of two pumps essential for protecting the region in the event of a major accident at Davis-Besse: They’re inoperable," Tom Henry, Toledo Blade.

LISLE, IL -- " Davis-Besse's brass seek to assure the NRC," John Funk, John Mangels, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
May 7: U.S., FirstEnergy split on tests for Davis-Besse

CAMP PERRY -- "Intensive engineering reviews at the plant recently determined that two of the emergency pumps, which use high pressure to force water back into the hot core in the event of a small rupture, might not work in certain conditions. Debris from the rupture could foul the pumps' bearings, causing the equipment to seize up and fail. FirstEnergy believes it can show that the pumps will work adequately to get through the weeklong test in June. Later, though, the company will either modify or replace the pumps. Yesterday, FirstEnergy proposed a modification that would add small, self-flushing strainers deep inside the pump to keep grit away from the bearings. The solution hasn't been tried elsewhere, said FirstEnergy consultant Bob Coward, 'but people assure us it will work,'" John Mangels, John Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

PORT CLINTON -- "Agency's priority is safety; NRC wants to see results at Davis-Besse. It's up to plant how," John Seewer, Associated Press.

PORT CLINTON -- "Davis-Besse’s unlike leaking Texas reactor, say regulators," Tom Henry, Toledo Blade.

CAMP PERRY -- "FirstEnergy may want to change coolant safety pumps at Davis-Besse plant," Jennifer Funk, Port Clinton News Herald.

WASHINGTON, DC -- "Committee concerned over NRC safety decisions on Davis-Besse," release, James C. Greenwood (Pennsylvania), Chairman, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
May 6: U.S. nuclear power snags may drain oil, natural gas supply

NEW YORK, NY -- "Extended summer shutdowns at U.S. nuclear power plants threaten to push up oil and natural gas prices this summer by straining already tight fossil fuel supplies, analysts said on Monday. News of degraded reactor vessel heads at two more U.S. nuclear units fueled concern that the problem could sideline several of the nation's 103 nuclear power plants, which generate about 10 percent of the nation's electricity. Natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 8 percent on Monday after news that large nuclear power units in Florida and South Carolina were found with reactor vessel head problems," Reuters.
May 5:Duke Energy, Florida Power & Light nukes found with reactor vessel woes

NEW YORK -- "Two huge Southeast nuclear power units owned by Florida Power and Light Group Inc. and Duke Energy Co. have been found with degraded reactor vessel head problems, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday in an event notification report," Reuters.
May 4: Ohio reactor's problems are said to persist

WASHINGTON, DC -- "Discovery of the corrosion shocked the regulators and the nuclear industry, but physical repair has not solved the problems faced by the plant's owner, the First Energy Nuclear Operating Corporation. It is now engaged in a dispute over whether it is fit to run the plant and whether it properly disciplined an employee involved in the corrosion. . . . [A]nother expert on safety culture, Paul Blanch, who has worked at several reactors as a consultant, said the report 'doesn't indicate any significant progress' from the days when managers at Davis-Besse failed to perform adequate inspections of the reactor vessel because they were in a hurry to restart the reactor," Matthew Wald, New York Times.

OAK HARBOR-- "Ohio nuke plant safety questioned," Associated Press.
May 3: Workers don’t see culture of safety
Davis-Besse plant has exhausting schedules, report says

OAK HARBOR-- "Employees continue to be frustrated by a lack of follow-through. 'Most employees believe that it is the resolution of issues that has been a problem in the past and that, unless improvements in this area occur, the station may again experience an apathetic attitude towards reporting,' the team said," Tom Henry, Toledo Blade.

OAK HARBOR -- "More work ahead for safe plant, report says; Davis-Besse must show improvement before it is allowed to restart," Jim Mackinnon, Akron Beacon Journal.

OAK HARBOR -- "Safety attitudes need more fixing, Davis-Besse bosses, workers told," John Funk, John Mangels, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
May 2: Full text released today, now on line:
Safety culture evaluation of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station

AKRON -- "There is a widespread perception of 'them versus us' within the organization, particularly among some senior managers with regard to Station personnel. The Strategic Level of the organization possesses a negative perception of the ability of Station personnel to have what it takes to get the job done. This negative perception existed among previous Senior Management at the Station, it is still perceived to exist by Station personnel, and it continues to be communicated, either intentionally or unintentionally, to the organization. Many personnel believe that it is undermining the staff’s confidence and willingness to accept responsibility. . .
In contrast, many personnel interviewed perceive that Senior Management has not acknowledged their accountability and responsibility for the reactor head event. These personnel expressed disappointment and frustration that this has not taken place. Staff point out that some of the managers directly involved in the event remain in the organization and have been reassigned to other sites and positions. The reassignments are perceived as indicating that the managers have not been held accountable by the organization. . .
At the time of the evaluation, Station personnel stated that they had been working extended hours (e.g., 12 hours per day, 6 days a week or 10 hours a day, 7 days a week) for periods of six months and more," Dr. Sonja Haber, Performance, Safety, and Health Associates, Inc., report dated April 14 (248 KB .doc).
May 1: Davis-Besse safety checks push restart back to July

AKRON -- "The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant will not be ready to resume making electricity until July or later, a top FirstEnergy Corp. executive conceded yesterday during an earnings conference with financial analysts. . . Davis-Besse cost the company $88 million, or 18 cents per share, during the first three months of the year - including $36 million for repairs and $52 million for replacement power," John Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

AKRON -- "FirstEnergy hedges on Davis-Besse restart; Substitute power to cost at least $45 million," Toledo Blade.

AKRON -- "FirstEnergy juiced by power sales; Davis-Besse shutdown cuts into profit; restart unlikely till July," Jim Mackinnon, Akron Beacon Journal.

TOLEDO -- "Real risks at Besse hidden, activist says," Toledo Blade.

WADSWORTH, TX -- "Extraordinary reactor leak gets the industry's attention," Matthew Wald, New York Times.