Federal officials have issued a warning about a substantial safety violation at a South Carolina nuclear plant after cracks were discovered again in a backup emergency fuel line.
Small cracks have been found a half-dozen times in the past 20 years in pipes that carry fuel to emergency generators that provide cooling water for a reactor if electricity fails at the V.C. Summer plant near Columbia, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The agency issued what it calls a preliminary “yellow” warning to plant owner Dominion Energy last week.
It is the second most serious category and only seven similar warnings have been issued across the country since 2009, nuclear power expert David Lochbaum told The State newspaper after reviewing records from federal regulators.
A crack first appeared on a diesel fuel pipe in 2003, and similar pipes have had other cracks since then.
During a 24-hour test of the system in November, a small diesel fuel leak grew larger, according to NRC records.
Source : ABC