NRC To Hold Regulatory Conference With Entergy



PLYMOUTH – Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff are conducting a Regulatory Conference with Entergy on July 8.

The conference is meant to discuss an apparent violation at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth.

The issue involves safety relief valves at the facility and has been initially classified as “white,” or of low to moderate safety significance.

The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the NRC’s Region I Office in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and is open to the public.

The apparent violation stems from a Special Inspection performed by the NRC at Pilgrim following a winter storm-induced shutdown in January.

One of the complications during the shutdown involved the use of safety relief valves.

Attempts to open one of the plant’s safety relief valves were unsuccessful, according to the NRC.

NRC inspectors determined that Entergy could have prevented the issue by identifying, evaluating and correcting a condition involving the safety relief valves after a plant shutdown on February 9, 2013.

A regulatory conference is held if requested by a plant’s owner to discuss an inspection finding and its safety significance, as well as to allow the company an opportunity to clarify any issues raised in the inspection report, according to the NRC.

No decision is expected to be made by the NRC at the conference regarding the apparent violation.

NRC officials say that those decisions will be made at a later time.
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