The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) denied a request to delay the restart of the St. Lucie 2 nuclear reactor.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the NRC said the unit has no safety issues with its steam generators or cooling tubes despite concerns of tube wear. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy filed a motion March 10 asking for a safety review, public hearing and publication of the results before the unit is restarted, the article said. The generators were replaced in 2007, and SACE said that the level of wear is more than normal.
Plant operator Florida Power & Light shut down the unit for a scheduled refueling outage in early March during which the generators will undergo routine inspections before restarting. Both FP&L and the NRC have said if there were tube issues, they would have been reflected in the NRC’s oversight program.
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