Congressman Dennis Kucinich questioning the reopening of the Davis-Besse plant despite cracks

SANDUSKY, Ohio - An Ohio congressman has questioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to let a nuclear plant along Lake Erie reopen despite cracks found in its concrete shell.

The Sandusky Register reports that U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich sent a letter this week asking the NRC's inspector general to review the decision to reopen the Davis-Besse plant near Toledo. It reopened in December after a shutdown due to the cracks last fall.

The commission accepted plant owner FirstEnergy's findings that a lack of exterior weatherproofing coating caused the cracks and approved its plan for continuing safety that involves applying a new coating and performing tests.

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