OAK HARBOR -- An Ohio nuclear plant along Lake Erie has shut down for scheduled refueling and maintenance.
The subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. that runs the Davis-Besse plant says the shutdown began Sunday. It didn't say when the maintenance work might be completed.
The company says the work includes numerous safety inspections.
The nuclear plant was last shut down in the fall while its reactor head was replaced. That's when crews found cracks in the outer concrete wall that's designed to protect the reactor.
Opponents point to the cracks as a sign the plant near Toledo is unsafe.
Federal regulators allowed the facility to begin producing electricity again in December. They're set next week to consider whether to renew the plant's license. A final decision isn't expected until next year.
The Associated Press