Feds Step Up PA Nuke Inspections

Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 05:03 PM gHale


Beaver Valley nuclear plant will have an increased federal presence, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials said last week.

The commission wants to make sure it understands the causes of risk at the plant, the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, PA.

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It is trying to schedule a supplemental inspection and a review of the plant’s effort to control underground pipe and tank degradation, one of its officials wrote in a letter to the plant’s operator released last week.

The letter had few other details. Officials at the commission were not immediately available for further explanation. A spokesman for the plant, FirstEnergy Corp., was not immediately available.

The NRC cited FirstEnergy Jan. 22 for failing to do timely tests of a shock-absorption system on steam piping on the utility’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor at the Beaver Valley facility.

According to an NRC letter to FirstEnergy, an unnamed official at the plant in 2007 or 2008 unintentionally miscoded the testing schedule for the “snubbers,” which restrain the pipes in the event of an earthquake.



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