Report: Va. nuke-plant owner knew of faulting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( is reporting that Dominion Virginia Power and federal nuclear regulatory staff decades ago covered up geologic faulting at a twin-reactor nuclear power plant that was rattled by an Aug. 23 earthquake.

The newspaper on Sunday cited a 1973 U.S. Justice Department memo regarding the North Anna Power Station near Mineral, the epicenter of the quake.

The plant's nuclear reactors have been shut down since the magnitude-5.8 quake. The power station automatically shut down without damage to safety systems.

A spokesman for Dominion Virginia Power called the four-decade-old justice memo well known and part of the public record. Jim Norvelle said the company had no intent to deceive the federal regulators and believed the statements to be true at the time.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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