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Oyster Creek’s annual NRC safety review May 25 in Manahawkin

Operational safety at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Lacey Township undergoes its annual public review on May 25, at the Holiday Inn of Manahawkin.

Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station (Exelon)
Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station (Exelon)

Staffers of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) conduct the meeting, beginning at 6 PM. Inspectors assigned to the generating station will present their observations regarding performance and oversight.

Under NRC’s color-code system, the station maintained a “green” classification, or very low safety significance, in 2016. On April 14, 2017, the agency finalized a “white” classification, low to moderate safety significance, based on Exelon’s handling of a faulty valve within the reactor’s cooling system.

The finding was finalized after Exelon officials, at the company’s request, submitted supplemental data and engaged in face-to-face discussions at NRC’s offices in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

“Exelon will need to take steps to fix the underlying issues that contributed to this safety concern,” said NRC Region I Administrator Dan Dorman in prepared comments. “When those steps have been taken, we will send a team of inspectors to the plant to validate that the changes put in place are thorough, comprehensive and improve the plant’s safety posture.”

The NRC web page contains Oyster Creek’s performance information, inspection findings, and related information.

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