NRC Finds Minor Violation Building GA Nuke Project

ATLANTA (AP) -- Southern Co. has agreed to fix metal bars that federal inspectors say were installed incorrectly while building a nuclear power plant in Georgia.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday that work crews did not properly follow a federally approved design plan when installing metal bars that will eventually become part of the foundation for a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. Federal officials said the error had "very low safety significance."
An NRC report said the problem occurred when those building the plant had to translate the standards used in the reactor design into practical instructions for workers.
Southern Co. spokesman Jeff Wilson said workers will start by mid-June to remove and reinstall the disputed metal bars. He said the utility is enhancing its oversight.


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