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October 8, 2013
The Herald-Star

Service interruption planned in Wellsburg

WELLSBURG - Mon Power has planned an electricity service disruption in the north Wellsburg area from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The outage will affect approximately 1,000 customers and will involve repairs on equipment at the North Wellsburg substation, according to information released by the company.

Mon Power will attempt to contact the customers served from this substation by phone prior to the outage.

The area affected includes all of the northern section of Wellsburg from 10th Street north, including, but not limited to the lower portion of Rabbit Hill Road; Commerce Street from 10th Street and going north; Pleasant Avenue from 10th Street and going north; Charles Street from 10th Street and going north; Valley View Drive; Brinker Road; White Bell Circle; and the lower portion of Skull Run Road.

In the event of inclement weather, the planned outage will be rescheduled on Oct. 19.

Customers with questions can call Mon Power Customer Service at (800) 686-0022 for information.

Degradation found on wall at nuclear plant

SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. - Officials say a small patch of degradation has been found on the inside wall of the containment building surrounding a western Pennsylvania nuclear plant.

FirstEnergy Corp. says the discovery was made at Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station's Unit 1, which was shut down at the end of last month for scheduled refueling.

Company spokeswoman Jennifer Young says the degradation was probably caused by decay of a piece of wood touching the steel liner of the 4.5-foot-thick concrete wall.

The Akron-based company plans a more extensive inspection to resolve the issue. The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is also investigating.

Young said a similar area of corrosion found in 2009 was replaced with a new section of steel and has had no further problems.

Young says, "Public health and safety isn't impacted.

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