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Is the Davis-Besse nuclear plant safe?

OAK HARBOR, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant has been a landmark in Oak Harbor for nearly 40 years. It is continuously inspected over the course of a year to make sure it is performing to government standards.

The plant received 2,500 hours' worth of inspections by two individuals with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2012. For the most part, officials say it is performing as expected, but there were eight issues discovered.

"They met all of our expectations for safety," said Jamnes Cameron, with the NRC.

One issue involved security. It required additional inspection hours and action, but the issue itself cannot be revealed to the public.

"That issue itself doesn't exist today," Cameron said. "It's been corrected."

The NRC feels the power plant is operating safely and to their standards, but those who oppose nuclear power don't agree.

"We want to prevent a Chernobyl or Fukishima on the shoreline of the Great Lakes," said Kevin Kamps, of Beyond Nuclear. "There is no reactor in this country that's come closer to that as many times as Davis-Besse has."

Davis-Besse is licensed for operation through 2017, and in the process of a 20-year license renewal. Delaying that renewal and preventing a steam generator replacement in 2014 are the main goals of Beyond Nuclear.

"We've long strived to shut down Davis-Besse, and we're not going to give up now," Kamps said. "We're just going to re-double our efforts.

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