Arlington Power’s Arlington plant has been shut down for “security reasons”
— A company that produces power for more than 150 communities in Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia plans to shut down its Arlington power plant after federal investigators and state inspectors said the plant had become a source of dangerous levels of radioactivity.
Arlington Power Co. said Monday that it plans to lay off about 10 percent of its workforce, including about a dozen employees, as it tries to reduce exposure to radioactivity in the facility that supplies electricity to more than 50,000 customers.
The company said it will also remove its chemical-resistant equipment from the facility.
It’s unclear how much work will be lost or how long the plant will remain closed.
A spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which regulates the nation’s nuclear power plants, said the agency is aware of the closure.
“We are not aware of any issues with the plant’s operation, safety or the safety of its employees,” said Daniel Kapp, the agency’s acting administrator.
“As we previously stated, we continue to have a safety audit ongoing and are working with the Department of Energy to identify any issues that may be identified.”
The shutdown is the latest in a series of closures at the plant that began in 2008, when federal regulators shut it down for safety reasons and ordered it to be shut down and cleaned.
Investigators have since visited the plant, and inspectors have conducted additional testing, but no problems have been identified.
In January, a federal court ordered the company to remove all of the plant equipment from its facility.
The company had been paying $6.7 million in fines and fees to the state for not making good on its promises to fix the plant by March 31, 2020.
As a result, the state paid $8 million to the utility in February for work that was not completed, according to the complaint filed by the state Department of Health.
An official at the state’s Department of Public Works said the state had not received the $8.7-million payment, which was included in the March 31 payment.
Last year, a U.N. expert panel found that the plant was unsafe and recommended it be shuttered.
At the time, the company said in a statement that it was “reviewing all options for a safe and secure shutdown of our plant.”
At that time, it said it was working with government and local officials to ensure that all residents and visitors are protected and that no hazardous materials or other contaminants are released into the environment.
State regulators are also examining whether the plant should be reopened to allow for the continued operation of the electrical grid, according the lawsuit filed by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.
Maryland is one of the most expensive states in the country to run its electricity grid.
The average cost of running the state power system in the past year is more than $8 billion.
There have been no major problems with the Arlington nuclear plant in recent years, according a spokesman for Gov.
Larry Hogan, who is running for re-election.
But the plant is not without its problems.
Since its closure, the Arison plant has produced more than 100 tons of radioactive cesium-137 and has been the subject of at least four lawsuits.
Earlier this year, U.P.N., the U-N, a nonprofit that monitors and responds to the health effects of radiation, said it has detected radioactivity levels in the environment of about 25 millisieverts per liter of air and ground water.
That’s more than twice the safety level the agency recommends for residents and businesses.