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Corrosion and Coatings Involved in Petition to Stop Nuclear Reactor Construction

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Licensing the construction of two new nuclear reactors at the Southern Company’s Vogtle plant in Waynesboro, GA was challenged by environmental groups in a filing on August 12 addressed to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, according to a story in the Augusta Chronicle.

The petitioners claim there are flaws in the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor design that could lead to radiation releases. Specifically, the containment inspection program is called into question for its ability to find corrosion and degraded coatings.

A spokesperson for the Southern Company said the company will respond to the petition in accordance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission guidelines.

The full text of the story is available at http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2010-08-23/groups-complain-vogtle-effort?v=128.

   

Tagged categories: Coating inspection; Containment; Nuclear Power Plants

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