Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant Says Safety Remains Priority

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Friday, September 21, 2012

A spokeswoman says officials at Kansas' Wolf Creek nuclear power plant take safety seriously and have corrected a problem that led to a January shutdown.

Jenny Hageman commented Friday after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it dropped its rating for the plant in the east-central Kansas town of Burlington. The NRC says it plans additional inspections.

The Jan. 13 shutdown followed a loss of off-site power. The NRC blames an electrical short caused by improper wiring.

Hageman says the plant's operators did extensive inspections to make sure a similar problem did not exist elsewhere.

NRC spokesman Victor Dricks says the agency has dropped Wolf Creek into its third-lowest rated category of licensed nuclear reactors. Only seven other of the nation's 104 reactors have the same or a lower rating.

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