Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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NRC staff, Dominion meeting tomorrow on North Anna

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is meeting with Dominion power officials tomorrow to talk about  what happened at North Anna Power Station during and after the magnitude 5.8 earthquake Aug. 23 near Mineral.  The NRC has an augmented inspection team working at the plant. Dominion on Friday gave its latest update, with a tour for reporters. Read my story  about that here. A key issue is ongoing analysis of ground motion at the plant, whether it exceeded the plant’s design limits, and what, if anything, should be done about it. Dominion has said it won’t restart North Anna’s two reactors until it is satisfied they can operate safely.  The reactors automatically shut down when off-site power to the plant was lost. Tomorrow’s meeting will be from 1-5 p.m. in the NRC commissioners’ conference room, on the first floor of the One White Flint North Building, 11555 Rockville Pike. The meeting can also be viewed online here. The NRC says it will schedule a  public  meeting in Louisa to discuss preliminary results from the augmented inspection team; a final report is expected by mid-October.