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Number of reported safety violations vary at Pennsylvania nuclear plants

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The number of safety violations at Pennsylvania nuclear power plants varies, according to a congressional study awaiting release.

The Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Associated Press shows that the Limerick plant near Philadelphia had four high-level and 110 low-level violations from 2000 to 2012, while the Beaver Valley plant north of Pittsburgh had three high-level and 113 low-level.

The Susquehanna plant north of Allentown had the highest numbers: five high-level and 175 low-level.

The Peach Bottom plant southeast of Harrisburg had four high-level and 131 low-level, while Three Mile Island in Middletown had two high-level and 126 low-level.

Lower-level violations pose very low risk, such as improper upkeep of a transformer, while higher-level violations range in significance, such as an electrical system that caused a fire.

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