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Harris nuclear power plant gets green light to restart

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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) inspectors gave the OK for Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) to restart the single unit, 900 MW Shearon Harris nuclear power plant in North Carolina, according to the Associated Press.

The plant was shut down in May after a quarter-inch flaw was found on the reactor vessel head. Further evaluation of ultrasonic data gathered during a spring 2012 outage showed the flaw, which did not penetrate the vessel head wall. Duke and NRC inspectors said there were no signs of any leaks and the public was never in any danger. Duke then shut down the unit to make repairs, and the NRC sent two inspectors out to the plant.

Duke Energy took control over the plant after its merger with Progress Energy was completed in July 2012.

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