Problem at nuclear reactor under scrutiny in Beaver County

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent a team of specialists to investigate a safety system problem at FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.’s Beaver Valley Unit 1 nuclear reactor in Shippingport, Beaver County.

The NRC team is reviewing a problem, first detected by the company on Sept. 23, in a system that supplies cooling water to the 889-megawatt reactor in the event of an accident. There was no immediate danger to public health and safety or the environment from this condition, according to the NRC.

The five-person inspection team, which is also reviewing the company’s response to the problem, is expected to be on-site at least through the end of the week. An inspection report detailing findings will be issued in 45 days.