Regulator 99% Sure Cracks In Belgian Reactors Are Manufacturing Flaws

We previously reported a list of 10 US reactors and 21 worldwide that may have the same flaws as the reactor found in Belgium to have substantial cracks in the reactor vessel.

Now FANC the nuclear authority in Belgium is stating they are 99% sure the cracks found at the Doel nuclear reactor and later at the Tihange reactor are due to a manufacturing defect.

Tihange had 2500 cracks, Doel had 8000 cracks found on the inspections. The cracks are now thought to have been caused by the steel vessels being cooled too rapidly after forging. There will be additional outside analysis of the reactor vessels before a final decision will be made in Belgium. Currently the NRC is allowing the reactors in the US with this potential flaw to continue to operate.

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