Nuclear plant safety under scrutiny in Louisa

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - Last month's earthquake in Louisa could bring about some major changes at the North Anna nuclear power plant.

Staff at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say there should be a reassessment on the risk of earthquakes at that plant and others so nearby communities can remain safe.

The NRC wants plant operators to fully evaluate potential hazards — mainly earthquakes and flooding.

Dominion Virginia Power said it found no major damage in the plant from the recent quake.

Agency workers suggest nuclear plants should be able to operate without power for at least eight hours. The group also says plants should maintain critical cooling systems for at least three days.

The commission will consider the staff recommendations on October 3.

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