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Monday, May 6, 2002

D-B review panel meets Thursday

Safety concerns

Staff writer

OAK HARBOR -- Federal regulators will travel to Ottawa County Thursday to meet with FirstEnergy officials once again about the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station reactor head.

A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Junior High School to introduce the Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversight panel.

There will be time allotted for public comments and questions during the meeting.

The panel has been established to watch over the activities associated with the plant's corrosion damage to the reactor head -- which first gained international headlines in March when a football-sized hole was found in the head.

The plant had been shut down for a routine refueling when the unprecedented corrosion was found.

During the Thursday meeting, the two sides will discuss the process to be followed by the panel in its review of the company's response, which right now is a large steel plug that is to be welded into the hole, as well as a cap on another much smaller corroded area.

The panel includes NRC representatives from the Region III office in Lisle, Ill. that governs Davis-Besse, as well as from the NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md., and the NRC resident inspector Office at the Carroll Township plant.

The panel will follow regulations established for events that are considered "significant problems."