High Radiation Levels Found at Ohio Nuclear Plant

7 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, April 26 2011 Apr 26, 2011 Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:46:03 PM CDT April 26, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) - High radiation levels recorded at a nuclear reactor in northeast Ohio have prompted a special inspection by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The NRC says workers at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant immediately evacuated the plant on April 22 when radiation levels rose while the plant was in the process of shutting down for a refueling outage. The commission says the plant is safe and that officials don't believe workers were exposed to radiation levels that exceeded federal limits.

The commission says radiation levels rose when workers were removing a monitor that measures nuclear reactions during start-up and shutdown.

The nuclear reactor, owned by Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., is about 35 miles northeast of Cleveland. A FirstEnergy spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment after business hours Tuesday.

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