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Feds to decide on Power Plant

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We may be finding out Friday when the Nuclear Power Plant in Louisa County will restart.

That plant has been offline since the earthquake back in August.

Some people living in Louisa County say more time is needed.

Both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Dominion will weigh in on whether the plant's reactors are ready.

In separate reviews, both the Commission and Dominion found that the August earthquake was too strong for the plant.

The government hasn't allowed Dominion to restart the plant since the earthquake but Dominion argues that the reactors are ready.

Some people living in Louisa say more public input is needed first, you may remember there have already been protests about the plant's safety.

Both Dominion and the Nuclear Commission say the units won't be allowed back in service until they are satisfied they can be operated safely.

The plant shutdown is bring back questions about why Louisa didn't get approved for FEMA Assistance. Senator Jim Webb sent a letter to the head of FEMA to explain how the agency came to its decision. The Senator notes the close to one thousand homes damaged and  explains how the majority of people in Louisa don't have earthquake insurance. Senator Webb also requests how the Commonwealth can effectively appeal and reverse FEMA's decision.

He's hoping for a response as soon as possible.

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