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Nuclear power protestors outside Dominion

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – As we mark the anniversary of Japan's tsunami and nuclear disaster- dozens protest nuclear power in downtown Richmond. The protestors held signs and chanted outside Dominion Virginia Power's headquarters Friday afternoon.  

The group out here is from Louisa County. It's called "Not on Our Fault Line". Members say they are protesting Dominion's handling of the North Anna Power Plant in the days and weeks following the August quake. 

In the shadow of Dominion's downtown building, they stood in line to say not on our fault line.  

Sara Houston lives in Louisa and says she's protesting Dominion and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission- known as the NRC for their handling of the North Anna Nuclear Plant after the August quake.  

"We personally feel that the way the NRC allowed Dominion to restart was a glaring example of not heeding the lessons learned at Fukishima," Houston said. 

Members here believe the plant was not thoroughly inspected before it was turned back on. They believe a recent report that says high levels of radioactive tritium were found in a ground water test- shows more needs to be done.   

"They need to inspect the underground pipes because of the tritium issue," said protestor Edmund Frost. 

Dominion says it spent $21 million and thousands of man hours inspecting North Anna after the August quake. 

A spokesperson for Dominion says the company actually dug up the most vulnerable piping that carries radioactive material underneath North Anna.  

"It was in perfect condition it was fine. We did ultra sonic testing to make sure the wall thickness of the pipes were the way they had been coated when they were put in. That coating was still good," Dominion Spokesperson Richard Zuercher said. 

The group is latching on to a report released this week by the American Nuclear Society that says the U.S. should customize evacuation zones around nuclear plants.  

Dominion has not publicly taken a stance on the issue of changing evacuation zones around power plants. The company says it's waiting on the NRC to make a decision. 

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