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NC nuclear plant shut down after crack discovered

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Operators have shut down a North Carolina nuclear plant after finding tiny marks of corrosion and cracking that need repair. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the health and safety of employees or the public are not affected.

NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said Thursday the quarter-inch flaw found at the Shearon Harris nuclear plant in southern Wake County did not penetrate the retaining wall and there is no evidence of radiation leakage. The NRC says operators are shutting down the 25-year-old reactor to make repairs.

Spokesmen for Charlotte-based Duke Energy did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The company last year bought Raleigh-based Progress Energy, which built the nuclear plant.

Hannah says the problem was discovered after Duke Energy workers looked again at ultrasound tests performed last spring.

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