Safety violation found at VC Summer nuclear plant

Safety violation VC Summer nuclear power plant South Carolina SCANA Corp NRC

Inspectors from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission have found a safety violation at the units under construction at the VC Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina.

The NRC found that the anchorage and spacing of rebar used to reinforce multiple concrete structural components in the nuclear island of the two new reactors under construction at the facility, located 26 miles northwest of Columbia, SC. According to the NRC’s report on the violation, “without adequate spacing and anchorage of the headed reinforcement, the structural components that rely upon this system may be subject to brittle failure at a demand less than that required by the design basis loads.”

The safety violation was classified as white, indicating a low to moderate safety significance. Any decision regarding the final safety significance of the finding or potential enforcement actions will be announced at a later date.

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