| Article published Thursday, April 10, 2003|
FirstEnergy says shell passes test
OAK HARBOR, Ohio - FirstEnergy Co. said
yesterday it found no signs of a leak from an eight-hour test it
performed on the steel containment vessel that encapsulates its
But a Nuclear Regulatory Commission
official said the agency, which has the final say, has not yet
reached any conclusions about the test results.
one of the primary shields, had to be cut open to swap out reactor
heads last summer. The leak test on that piece of metal began late
It is separate from an upcoming week-long
pressure test of the reactor bottom, one of the largest and most
anticipated inspections in the plant’s 26-year history.
the utility believes Davis-Besse has cleared another hurdle in its
ongoing effort to resume operation.