The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is discussing Progress Energy’s handling of an issue at its Hartsville plant.
Monday’s meeting is open to the public and will be held at the commission’s regional office in Atlanta. The regulatory enforcement conference focuses on the failure of a breaker on an emergency diesel generator at the plant owned and operated by the Raleigh, N.C.-based power company.
That failure meant the generator would not have worked if it had been needed.
The hearing will determine how significant the event was and what level of corrective action needs to be taken. The plant has had several problems this year requiring it to shut down. It has been offline since Oct. 7 because of an electrical problem in a coolant pump motor.
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GQ touts Charleston as among ‘coolest small cities’
When GQ shows you love, it doesn’t matter if it calls you little at the same time. The premier monthly men’s magazine recently highlighted the Holy City in a feature on “the coolest small cities in America.” The article bemoans the overpriced rooms and overcrowded attractions in mainstay tourist haunts. GQ instead recommends staying at Wentworth Mansion and downtown dining at Hominy Grill while suggesting a drive out to Folly Beach to catch some waves and then grab a bite at Taco Boy.
New propane cylinder plant to create 24 Anderson County jobs
Heritage Propane Express, which makes propane grill cylinders, will open a production facility in Anderson County, bringing with it 24 jobs, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce. The company expects to open the new plant in the Hurricane Creek Industrial Park by June. Hiring will begin in May. Contact Steve Magill at email@example.com in the spring.
McDonald’s rides Monopoly, basic menu to sales boost
OAK BROOK, Ill. | A Monopoly promotion and strong sales of basic menu items such as the Big Mac helped push a key sales figure up 5.6 percent in the U.S. for McDonald’s Corp. during October. Its increase in sales at stores open at least 13 months was a marked improvement from the same month last year, when the metric dipped 0.1 percent in part because of tough comparisons. It was only the third time the monthly figure hadn’t climbed in 6 1/2 years.
Chrysler loss smallest since exiting bankruptcy
LOS ANGELES | Chrysler Group on Monday reported a loss of $84 million in the third quarter, its smallest quarterly loss since exiting bankruptcy protection last year. The Auburn Hills, Mich.-based automaker said revenue from the second quarter rose more than 5 percent to $11 billion, and its operating profit was up 31 percent to $239 million. Chrysler was reorganized in bankruptcy last year, so there isn’t a yearly comparison. Chrysler, which needed a U.S.-government-backed bailout during the financial crisis, has been weighed down by interest payments on its $7.4 billion in government loans. The company paid down $308 million in interest in the third quarter and $899 million thus far this year. It hopes to repay the loans by 2014.