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U.S. looks for potential issues linked to falsified French nuclear documents via Reuters

<span class="articleLocation”>U.S. nuclear regulators are investigating whether the suspected falsification of documents at French nuclear power company Areva SA, which supplies components for reactors globally, poses any problems at U.S. nuclear plants.

Areva notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last week that a review of paperwork “anomalies” at its Le Creusot facility in France “has not found any safety concerns,” NRC spokesman David McIntyre said on Wednesday.

“A preliminary review by NRC inspectors indicated that Areva had made a reasonable assessment supporting no nuclear safety concerns,” McIntyre said. There are nine U.S. plants with parts from Le Creusot, but the NRC did not immediately name them.

There are 99 reactors operating in the United States producing about 20 percent of the nation’s power.

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“We’ve got a component made at a plant with some issues, but we’re confident the pressurizer is fully operational and will remain so through the life of the plant,” Holt said.

Another plant that may be affected is FirstEnergy Corp’s Beaver Valley station in Pennsylvania. Beaver Valley has steam generators and reactor vessel heads manufactured by Spain’s Equipos Nucleares SA, or ENSA, which FirstEnergy said may contain some subcomponents from Le Creusot.

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