Feds Hike Oversight at 2 NY Nukes

Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 04:02 PM gHale

Two New York state nuclear plants will get stepped up oversight by federal regulators.

The first plant is Constellation Energy Nuclear Group’s Nine Mile Point 1 and Entergy’s Fitzpatrick nuclear power plants as a result of changes in indicators used by the NRC to assess performance at reactors.

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The color-coded performance indicators start with “Green” and then increase to “White,” “Yellow” or Red,” according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials.

Nine Mile Point Unit 1 had 3.5 scrams or shutdowns during the fourth quarter of 2012, which changed its status from “Green” to “White.” If a plant has more than three unplanned scrams per 7,000 hours of operation, the status changes.

At the Fitzpatrick plant, the indicator was tracking the number of unplanned power changes exceeding six per 7,000 hours of operation. Fitzpatrick’s rolling average was 6.5.

The increased oversight at the plants include supplemental inspection at each site to assure plant operators are addressing the concerns.

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