Safety Violation at New SC Nuke

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 06:04 PM gHale

There is an apparent safety violation at Scana Corp. (SCG)’s new nuclear power plant in South Carolina, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials said.

The NRC found the anchorage and spacing of rebar in the floor and walls of a new unit at the V.C. Summer nuclear station didn’t comply with code requirements, according to the NRC.

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The NRC will hold a meeting April 30 to discuss the finding, which the organization initially classified it as having a low to moderate safety significance, the agency said.

Scana’s South Carolina Electric & Gas utility is building two new reactors near Jenkinsville, South Carolina, about 26 miles northwest of Columbia, South Carolina.

Just a little bit over a year ago the NRC voted 4-1 to approve the Cayce, SC, company’s plan to construct and operate two units at its V.C. Summer plant, about 26 miles northwest of Columbia, SC.

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko dissented, citing pending safety rules in response to Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster in Japan.

“I continue to believe that we should require that all Fukushima-related safety enhancements are implemented before these new reactors begin operating,” Jaczko said in his vote.

Scana, which submitted its application to the NRC in March 2008, will pay 55 percent of the estimated $10.2 billion cost of the project. Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s largest power producer, is responsible for the remainder.

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