Feds get tougher on Palo nuclear plant after problems found - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Feds get tougher on Palo nuclear plant after problems found

Posted: Updated:
PALO (AP) -

Federal regulators are imposing tougher oversight on Iowa's only nuclear power plant after finding two problems with back-up equipment there in the past year.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that the Duane Arnold Energy Center near Palo will face more scrutiny and inspections now.

The NRC and the plant's majority owner, NextEra Energy Resources, say public safety was never threatened by the concerns at the plant about 8 miles from Cedar Rapids.

NextEra Energy spokeswoman Renee Nelson both problems were discovered by plant employees conducting inspections and fixed promptly.

In one case, a diesel generator had an oil leak in March 2013. The other violation related to a back-up reactor cooling system that wouldn't start automatically but could be operated manually.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly