Group against Ohio nuke plant license gets setback

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A federal board has given a setback to groups opposing the renewal of a license for the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in northern Ohio.

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board rejected two of the groups arguments including their contention that cracks found last year in a concrete shell stand in the way of allowing the plant along Lake Erie from operating safely.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/Rmqmdf ) in Toledo says the ruling found that the group didn't have evidence backing their claim that the cracks are related to the structure's age.

Operators of the plant near Toledo say the cracks trace back to a 1978 blizzard when wind, rain and a temperature drop caused moisture to penetrate the concrete shell.

FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. is seeking a 20-year license extension for Davis-Besse.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/