Duke Energy is now facing increased oversight at its South Carolina nuclear power plant after a leak forced the shutdown of one of the facility’s three reactors, federal regulators said.
The stepped up monitoring comes with a citation to Duke Energy for failing to identify and correct a crack in a safety system at the Oconee Nuclear Station, said officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Last November’s shutdown at the plant near Seneca, SC, 30 miles west of Greenville came after engineers detected flaws in the airtight, steel-lined concrete containment building designed to prevent radiation from leaking into the air or ground.
Officials said there was no threat to employees or the public, and they quickly repaired the crack.
A Duke spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.