NRC reschedules Millstone meeting on possible extra oversight

A public meeting by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission scheduled for June 30 to discuss possible additional oversight of the Unit 2 reactor at Millstone Power Station has been rescheduled to July 19.

The extra oversight could occur because of events in February that led to an unexpected power increase.

The meeting will be held at the NRC’s Region I Office, at 475 Allendale Road in King of Prussia, Pa., from 1-3 p.m. and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the meeting of the NRC and owner Dominion. Remote access will be available for those who cannot be present by calling NRC Spokesman Neil Sheehan at 610-337-5331.

On Feb. 2, operators did not properly handle an unintended power increase from 88 to 96 percent, the NRC has found. The agency is considering issuing a “white” finding which would result in extra oversight if the agency confirms that Unit 2 workers failed to “carry out their assigned roles and responsibilities” and inadequately managed power control during main turbine control valve testing.

No decision on the apparent violation or any enforcement action will be made at the conference, but will be made at a later date, Sheehan said.

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