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Akron-based FirstEnergy says Beaver Valley nuke plant is safe
Utility plans to repair a hole found in the plant's steel plate designed to keep radiation contained
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Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport, Pennsylvania
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First Energy is having another problem at one of its nuclear power plants, but says people need not worry.

The Akron-based company discovered a hole about a half inch long in the steel containment liner at Beaver Valley Unit One in Pennsylvania, about an hour east of Youngstown. The liner keeps the radiation from being released from the nuclear plant.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Young says First Energy found the hole during a routine inspection last month and had a similar incident in 2009. Both times she says First Energy caught it in time.

Hear spokeswoman Jennifer Young on the hole in First Energy's steel plate.

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“We do take this seriously,” Young said. “We do inspections to make sure the material at the plant stays in good condition and our inspections are doing exactly what they were designed to do—finding a potential issue before it can become a safety concern.”

Young says an inspection of the reactor building is performed every 18 months.

She would not say when First Energy expects to have the hole fixed because that would divulge information to competitors.

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