The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and FirstEnergy have
postponed a meeting to discuss replacing, not repairing, the
acid-damaged Davis-Besse reactor vessel head.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Monday afternoon at NRC
headquarters in Rockville, Md.
FirstEnergy has a nonbinding purchase agreement for an unused
reactor vessel head now at a Michigan nuclear plant site.FirstEnergy
does not know if the unused vessel head will fit on the Davis-Besse
reactor, a company spokesman said.
The company is also developing a plan to repair the two
acid-caused cavities in the 150-ton steel vessel head. NRC staff
have said they would prefer seeing the vessel head replaced in its
In related news, the NRC yesterday formally announced the
appointment of a new senior inspector at Davis-Besse in Oak Harbor,
about 25 miles east of Toledo.
The NRC said Christopher S. Thomas began work at Davis-Besse in
January. In March, boric acid damage was found at the plant, causing
a prolonged shutdown. The NRC has another resident inspector at the