The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

January 6, 2013

Feds plan more scrutiny at Perry nuclear plant

Associated Press

PERRY — A nuclear power plant alongside Lake Erie can expect continued heightened scrutiny by federal regulators this year.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission told the Perry nuclear power plant operator FirstEnergy Corp. in a Dec. 28 letter that it will do a return safety inspection this year at some point.

The commission says the NRC staff has concluded  the plant hasn’t adequately addressed safety concerns.

Two years ago the commission increased inspections at the plant after four contractors were exposed to radiation.

Akron-based FirstEnergy said the highest radiation exposure to any worker was the equivalent of two or three chest X-rays. Spokes-woman Jennifer Young said the plant has operated without similar issues since a 2012 NRC inspection.