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SENECA, S.C. (AP) - Federal nuclear regulators say Duke Energy could face civil penalties for failing to upgrade its methods on how to fight a fire at the Oconee Nuclear Station.
The Greenville News reports that federal officials have allowed the nuclear power plant to operate for several years under temporary practices to fight blazes. In exchange, Duke Energy agreed to create a pilot program to change how the country's nuclear reactors protect against fire.
Duke Energy told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it underestimated the complexity of the project. But the commission refused the utility's request for more time.
Duke Energy will request a hearing to further explain the situation. Federal officials say it will likely happen in the next month.