* NRC to give inspection results at Virginia meeting
* Plant was only 12 miles from August earthquake epicenter
* First time US quake exceeded a plant’s design basis
* Company has said plant sustained no significant damage
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. nuclear safety regulator will give more insight on Oct 3 into what inspectors found at a Virginia nuclear plant that was only 12 miles from the epicenter of last month’s historic East Coast earthquake.
The preliminary inspection results, to be presented at a public meeting in Mineral, Va., may give insight into how long it will take for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to give the green light to Dominion Resources (D.N) to restart its North Anna power plant -- a plant the company has said sustained no significant damage during the quake.
It’s the first time an operating U.S. nuclear plant has sustained an earthquake that exceeded its design parameters, and the regulator has said it is unclear what Dominion will be required to show to resume operations. [ID:nN1E7870JL]
The plan automatically shut down during the earthquake and has been idle since as inspectors from the company and the regulator scrutinized systems.
The NRC said in a release that it will release its final inspection report later in October. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton;editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)