WI Nuke gets Yellow Card

Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 06:07 PM gHale


There was a substantial violation of a regulation at the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant near Manitowac, WI, federal officials said.

While all sides say there is no immediate safety concern at the plant along Lake Michigan, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) continues to take a closer look at emergency plans for U.S. nuclear facilities.

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After the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, the NRC wants to keep a closer eye on how plants will react to any kind of natural disaster.

At Point Beach, a preliminary inspection found owner Next Era Energy failed to have an appropriate procedure to respond to flooding, said NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mytlang.

“The flooding response plan would not adequately protect equipment that is important to safety, the turbine building, or the pumphouse,” Mytlang said.

The NRC said it assigned the violation a “yellow code,” signifying substantial safety significance. Next Era said it has already fixed the problem, and notes the NRC said there are no immediate safety concerns.

A meeting to discuss the preliminary finding will be next week at the NRC regional office in suburban Chicago.



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