Ohio jury reaches verdict in nuclear plant case

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Jurors in Toledo, Ohio, have reached a verdict in the case of a former nuclear plant engineer accused of hiding information from government regulators about the worst corrosion ever found at a U.S. reactor.

Prosecutors say Andrew Siemaszko (si-MAS'-ko) and two other workers lied in the fall of 2001 so the Davis-Besse plant along Lake Erie could delay a shutdown for a safety inspection. Months later, inspectors found an acid leak that nearly ate through the reactor's 6-inch-thick steel cap. It's not clear how close the plant was to an accident.

Siemaszko has pleaded not guilty. He faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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