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Maryland Nuclear Power Plant Under Federal Inspection

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A nuclear power plant in Maryland is under federal inspection just days after recovering from Hurricane Irene.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will conduct more inspections of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant after special checks earlier this year revealed problems in the plant's security.

The NRC described the problems as being of low-to-moderate significance, and says they were promptly corrected, but federal officials say the issues show the need to keep a closer eye on the plant's operations.

This year's special inspection was the second at the plant in two years. An examination was also conducted last year after a leaking roof allowed melting snow to drip onto electrical equipment, causing both reactors to automatically shut down.

One of the reactors shut down again last weekend when Hurricane Irene blew a piece of aluminum siding onto a transformer. None of the equipment was damaged and the plant's operators began bringing the reactor back online Thursday.


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