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Dominion says nuclear plants shut since August earthquake are ready to restart
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) ' A Dominion Virginia Power official says two plants shut since an Aug. 23 Virginia earthquake did not suffer functional damage and are ready to restart.
David Heacock, President and Chief Nuclear Officer of Dominion Nuclear, said at a nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing Friday that the company found no damage that would preclude operating the North Anna Power Station plants.
Last month, the NRC told the energy company that its nuclear reactors will remain shut down pending permission from the agency to restart them. The plants are about 11 miles from the quake's epicenter. Dominion says seismic vibrations from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake caused the plant's two reactors to shut down.
The NRC has said that the earthquake caused peak ground movement greater than what the plant was designed for.