Wednesday, May 27, 2009

NC Utility Improving Nuclear Plant Near Raleigh

AP 05.22.09

A North Carolina utility is making progress in upgrading equipment at a nuclear plant in order to meet federal safety standards.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that Progress Energy is working to improve its Shearon Harris nuclear plant southwest of Raleigh.

Progress is making 45 safety changes at the nuclear plant as part of a five-year, $32 million project that is to be completed late next year.

Some of the changes are designed to meet new fire safety standards approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The newspaper reported one of the main problems concerns the material used to wrap electrical conduits, to ensure it can withstand fire damage.

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