The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is deploying additional inspectors to the Virginia nuclear power plant closest to the epicenter of last week’s earthquake. This comes after first measurements suggest the quake triggered greater shaking than the reactors were designed to handle. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/08-30-Habeeb-Nuclear-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=08-30 Habeeb Nuclear Wrap1-WEB]
The NRC says there was no significant damage at North Anna, and ordering new inspections doesn’t mean the plant is less safe.
Delegate Greg Habeeb visited the plant last week, just days after the quake, and says he asked several safety questions in light of what happened after the quake in Japan.
The NRC says U.S. power plants are built to margins of safety that exceed maximum expected shaking.