Crystal River nuclear plant may generate power soon

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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Progress Energy's Crystal River plant may be fully operational again in the near future.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees the safe use of radioactive materials, is meeting March 22 at the plant to determine its status.

The plant's nuclear unit 3 was originally shut down in September of 2009. That stoppage was expected to only be temporary but cracks in a concrete wall were discovered and have kept the plant shut down.

According to Bay News 9's partner newspaper the Citrus County Chronicle, the company has spent about $117 million on the repair.

The NRC has scheduled a meeting for members of the public to learn about the utility's preparations and readiness to start the plant.

Officials said the restart of the 33-year-old plant would cause no interruption in service to the utility's 1.6 million customers throughout Florida.