Regulators to discuss Oconee Nuclear Station crack

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal regulators have scheduled a meeting to discuss a radioactive water leak that led to the shutdown of a South Carolina nuclear reactor.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday it would meet July 31 in Atlanta to discuss the incident at the Oconee Nuclear Station. The session is open to the public.

In November, officials shut down the Duke Energy-run reactor near Seneca after engineers detected flaws in the airtight, steel-lined concrete containment building designed to prevent any radiation from leaking into the air or ground.

Officials said there was no threat to employees or the public.

Oconee Nuclear Station has three reactors, and one of them was already offline for refueling before the shutdown of Unit 1. As of Thursday, all three reactors were listed as fully operational.

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