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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca reported the most safety violations of any nuclear plant in the Southeast since 2000.

A Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Associated Press shows the plant reported 163 lower-level violations and 14 higher-level violations. The plant is only one of two in the Southeast with three reactors.

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.

The Catawba Nuclear Station in York County reported 98 lower-level violations and two higher-level violations. The V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville reported 114 lower-level violations and one higher-level violation, while the H.B. Robinson plant near Hartsville reported 72 lower-level violations and three higher-level violations.

The three nuclear power plants in North Carolina have each reported at least 90 safety violations since 2000.

The Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Associated Press shows that the McGuire plant near Charlotte reported 119 lower--level violations and one higher-level violation from 2000 to 2012. The Brunswick plant near Wilmington reported 93 lower-level violations and five high-level violations, while the Harris plant near Raleigh had 90 lower-level violations and four higher-level violations.

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.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report before its release.

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