TOLEDO, Ohio - Federal regulators say they agree with an Ohio utility company's assessment that cracks found in the concrete shell of a nuclear plant along Lake Erie can be traced to a blizzard nearly 35 years ago.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it accepts findings from FirstEnergy Corp. that say a lack of exterior weatherproofing coating at the plant caused the concrete to crack.
Regulators said Thursday they also approve of the utility's plan to apply a new coating and do additional tests at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo.
The cracks were found while the plant was shut down for maintenance last fall. It began operating again in December.
Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a longtime opponent of the plant, says he doesn't believe that weather caused the cracks.
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