FirstEnergy distances itself from damage at Davis-Besse

CLEVELAND The owner of a nuclear power plant where an acid leak nearly ate through a steel lid on th
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

CLEVELAND

The owner of a nuclear power plant where an acid leak nearly ate through a steel lid on the reactor vessel is trying to distance itself from blame while fighting a $200 million insurance dispute, a newspaper reported Sunday.

FirstEnergy Corp. paid a record $5.45 million fine from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and $28 million in civil penalties after acknowledging it failed to stop the leak at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo.

The company now argues that corrosion ate through the steel lid so quickly -- in four months, not the previously accepted four years -- that normal inspections every two years couldn't have caught it, The Plain Dealer reported.