Posts Tagged ‘Turkey Point nuclear power plant’

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 12:04 PM gHale

Florida Power & Light (FPL) is facing a $140,000 fine for violations in the maintenance of its emergency response facility at its Turkey Point nuclear power plant.

FPL failed on two occasions to maintain a fully functional Technical Support Center because workers disabled parts of the ventilation system, meaning “response personnel may not have been protected from radiological hazards in the manner for which the facility was designed,” said Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials.

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The NRC also criticized FPL for failing to report the support center was “not fully functional during a seven-month period in 2010-2011.”

Regulators said the violations were “of low to moderate safety significance” that might require additional NRC inspections and oversight.

The support center is “currently fully operable and we have taken a number to steps to ensure this type of situation does not occur again,” said FPL spokeswoman Bianca Martinez Cruz.

The center is “one of four on-site emergency response buildings inside the plant’s protected area that would be used by engineering staff in the highly-unlikely event of an emergency,” she said. The problem was “not at all related to the safety of the plant’s day-to-day operations, and at no point was the safety of our employees or the public in question,” she added.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 05:08 PM gHale

The Turkey Point nuclear power plant is undergoing a special inspection to assess how and why the facility had a brief loss of the intake cooling water function at one of the plant’s two nuclear units, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials said.

Turkey Point Unit 3 lost the function of the intake cooling water system for about 20 minutes Aug. 11 when an open valve closed and then failed in that closed position.

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The intake cooling water system provides cooling to important plant equipment. NRC staff determined because the failure resulted in the loss of a safety system and because there is also a potential generic concern, a special inspection was appropriate.

The NRC special inspection team consists of two inspectors as well as an acting resident inspector already at the Turkey Point plant. The team will develop a timeline and review Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) response, assess the plant’s ability to meet its design functions, review maintenance and testing performed for the valve, and assess the company’s problem investigation activities.

The on-site portion of the inspection will wrap this week, and a report documenting the results should ready to go within 45 days of the completed inspection.

Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Unit 3 is a 720-megawatt pressurized water reactor that began commercial operations in 1972 and received approval in 2002 from the NRC to extend its operating license through 2032.

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