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NRC Meets To Discuss Earthquake Impact

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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is scheduled to meet in Virginia today to talk about the earthquake that struck the region in August and its impact on the North Anna Nuclear plant, reports the Associated Press.

The North Anna station is about 11 miles from the epicenter of the 5.8 magnitude quake that struck August 23, and Dominion Power has said it was seismic vibrations that caused the plant's two reactors to shut down during the earthquake.

The company says it hasn't found any significant damage to the facility during inspections, but the plant has remained shut down since the quake struck. Today's meeting will focus on the results of the nuclear regulatory commission's augmented inspection of the quake's effect on the plant.

The NRC has said it won't authorize reopening the facility until it can be sure the plant's systems will operate safely.

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