A nuclear power station in the Upstate is in trouble with federal inspectors.
Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station had a security-related problem in March that required federal inspectors to visit the facility. The station is located near the town of Seneca.
Officials aren’t allowed to publicly discuss security problems at nuclear plants, so the specifics are not known. What is known is that Duke officials told Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors in July that the problem had a very low security significance.
However, the NRC inspectors said the problem was actually more severe than that. In a letter to Duke Energy, the NRC said “poor plant performance” means federal officials will become more involved in overseeing the facility. However, the letter did not specify what that means.
Duke has 30 days to appeal the decision.
Oconee Nuclear Station was constructed on the edge of Lake Keowee in 1972.