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Groups call for shutdown of Pa. nuclear plant amid concerns about ‘defective’ parts, safety via Penn Live

A self-described “anti-nuclear advocacy group” is calling for operations to be suspended at a Pa. nuclear power plant amid concerns about potentially defective parts and a scandal involving documents falsified by the French manufacturer of those parts.

According to the advocacy group, Beyond Nuclear, the concerns involve parts manufactured and imported from Areva’s Le Creusot Forge in France, which is currently “at the center of an international nuclear safety controversy,” a statement from the group reads. The full statement is included below.  

Beyond Nuclear identifies 17 affected units at U.S. nuclear power plant sites. They include units at First Energy’s Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport, Beaver County, located 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Middletown’s Three Mile Island plant is not included on that list. 

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But Beyond Nuclear and other petitioners are now calling on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to take emergency enforcement action requiring emergency shutdowns of such plants pending the “enhanced inspections of at-risk components along with material testing of surplus material taking [sic] from the component.”

The NRC posted this update on the issue earlier this month, in which it downplayed any Areva-related safety concerns.

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Meanwhile, groups like Beyond Nuclear continue to raise the alarm, pointing to an ongoing Paris probe into allegedly falsified documents at Areva’s Le Creusot foundry and questions about the extent of U.S. vetting of incoming components and parts from the company. 

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