OAK HARBOR -- Stains from acid have been found
on the sides and bottom of the reactor vessel at
the closed Davis-Besse nuclear power plant.
Akron-based FirstEnergy Corporation replaced the
cap on that reactor after a six-inch hole from
leaking acid was found in March.
During repairs this summer, a contractor
inspected the bottom of the reactor for the first
time. FirstEnergy spokesman Todd Schneider says
it's highly unlikely that the nearly transparent
acid streaks on the reactor's bottom resulted from
leaks on the bottom of the vessel. Instead, he
says that routine power washing of the reactor
head in the last decade probably sent the acid
down the sides. Workers didn't realize that the
streaks indicated a leak.
FirstEnergy hopes to reopen the plant early
Posted 9:50 PM Saturday, October 12th