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Tue October 15, 2013
Report: Seabrook Nuclear Plant Has Fewest Safety Violations
The federal Government Accountability Office says the nuclear plant at Seabrook, N.H., had the fewest number of safety violations in the Northeast from 2000 to 2012 among facilities with only one reactor.
The GAO reports the plant, which is owned by NextEra Energy, had three higher-level violations and 85 lower-level violations over the 12 years.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report before its release.
No other single-reactor plant in the Northeast had fewer than 106 total violations. The most, 178, were at the Hope Creek plant in Hancocks Bridge, N.J.
The GAO study shows the number of safety violations at U.S. nuclear power plants varies dramatically from region to region, pointing to inconsistent enforcement in an industry now operating mostly beyond its original 40-year licenses.