Published: Oct 30, 2012 10:25 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A state regulator is getting an update on Progress Energy Florida's crippled nuclear power plant at Crystal River.
    
Public Service Commissioner Eduardo Balbis is holding a conference Tuesday with officials from the St. Petersburg based utility, now owned by Duke Energy, headquartered in North Carolina.
    
Balbis wants to review the status of the reactor since Progress merged with Duke in July.
    
The plant has been down since 2009 when its concrete containment building cracked during a maintenance and upgrade project.
    
The utility has not yet determined whether it will try to fix the plant or permanently shut it down.
    
Repair costs are estimated at nearly $1.5 billion to $3.5 billion. The company wants customers to pay any repair costs not covered by insurance, which hasn't yet be settled.

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