No decision yet on North Anna restart
Though Dominion power says they’re ready, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is continuing its review to determine when the plant’s two nuclear reactors–knocked out of service by the magnitude-5.8 eartquake Aug. 23–will be allowed to restart. The company and NRC staff met at NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md., this morning to review what has been done to date to ensure that the plant, on Lake Anna near Mineral, can start back up safely. Dominion maintained the quake, though it briefly exceeded the plant’s seismic design limit, did no damage to safety or operating components. View slides of the presentations here.
David A. Heacock, Dominion’s president and chief nuclear officer, said Units 1 and 2 are ready to restart once the NRC completes its independent review, analysis and on-site inspections and gives its OK for the units to go back online. It’s unclear how much longer that process will take. Meanwhile, the NRC said it will hold another public meeting Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Louisa County Middle School to discuss its progress.