Nuclear power plant will have increased inspections

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it will “significantly” increase inspections at FirstEnergy’s (NYSE: FE) 1,261 MW Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Ohio after four contractors were exposed to radiation in 2010.

The NRC said the power plant failed to make adequate preparations for retracting a radioactive source range monitor from the reactor core. That could have resulted in a radiation overexposure to workers performing the activity. A source range monitor measures nuclear reactions during start up, low power operations and shutdown conditions.

The single-unit Perry plant uses a General Electric (NYSE: GE) Type 6 boiling water reactor.

In April 2010, four workers were retracting the monitor from the reactor core when they detected a rapid increase in radiation levels. At the time, the plant was shut down for a refueling outage.

The NRC said the plant's operator also must develop corrective and preventive measures.

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