Perry nuclear power plant cited for safety violations

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) cited the 1,261 MW Perry nuclear power plant near Cleveland for violating safety rules and putting workers at risk of radiation exposure during a refueling outage, news reports said.

An NRC report says workers were given the wrong instructions for the job and used equipment that could have interfered with an escape during the outage in April, the reports said. Workers were reportedly anywhere between two seconds and two minutes from a radiation overdose depending on their proximity to a stuck radioactive cable.

Parent company FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) has 10 days to challenge the inspection report.

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