Safety Woes Bring NRC Watch at NC Nuke

Friday, October 5, 2012 @ 05:10 PM gHale

Shearon Harris nuclear power plant in southwest Wake County in North Carolina is now under increased oversight because of internal safety violations.

The violations link to the operation of ventilation systems for facilities at the plant that staffers would work in during emergencies, said officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

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One violation involves Progress Energy’s failure to maintain the Emergency Operations Facility ventilation system, which was out of service for extended periods over two years.

Officials said there was no immediate safety concern because no emergencies requiring use of the facility occurred during that time.

Progress, which was acquired in July by Duke Energy, was had a citation for not notifying the NRC during the times the ventilation system was suffering from degradation or was out of service.

The findings mean the plant will be subject to additional NRC inspections beyond the baseline inspections conducted at all nuclear plants.

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