NRC to meet with Dominion officials on Thursday

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct a public meeting with officials from Millstone Power Station owner Dominion Resources from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at its offices in Rockville, Md.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Dominion's plan to submit a license amendment request. The amendment is intended to reflect the current configuration of the offsite power sources, including modifications that replaced the dual circuit tower design with individual towers and eliminated the Severe Line Outage Detection System, the NRC said in an announcement Tuesday.

In August, the NRC issued a Severity Level III apparent violation to Dominion for failure to properly evaluate and obtain prior approval for a license amendment before it made changes to the Severe Line Outage Detection System to remove it from service.

The change to the system played a role in the unplanned outages of both Units 2 and 3 at the Waterford nuclear power plant last May.

Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the NRC, said no decisions will be made during the meeting, but that the NRC will use the information obtained in the meeting to reach a final decision on the apparent violation.

Sheehan said members of the public who would like to listen to the meeting by phone should call his office at (610) 337-5331 to make arrangements.

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