21 Nuclear Reactors May Have Failing Reactor Vessels

The Belgian Doel 3 nuclear reactor was put into an extended shutdown after possible cracks were found in the reactor pressure vessel. Ultrasonic testing during a mandatory 10 year check found the possible cracks. The operator intends to do additional testing. If the reactor is found to be cracked it could be permanently taken out of service. This finding also raises concerns about the other 21 units made by Rotterdam Dry Docks while the company was in operation.

Some of the other units that were made by Rotterdam include:

Doel 2
Doel 3
Vermont Yankee
N Anna 2
McGuire 2
Catabwa 1
Fermi 2
Tihange 2

A number of these units have had issues with the steel that caused concerns or additional inspections.


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