Nuclear power plant cited, fined for violations

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it determined that Florida Power and Light Co.’s (FPL) failure to properly maintain the Turkey Point nuclear plant’s onsite emergency response facility is a violation of low to moderate safety significance that may require additional NRC inspection and oversight.

The utility’s failure to report that the plant’s Technical Support Center was not fully functional during a seven-month period in 2010-2011 represents a second violation resulting in a $140,000 civil penalty.
The NRC said on two different occasions, FPL failed to maintain a fully functional TSC because plant personnel disabled portions of the ventilation system and failed to implement appropriate compensatory measures. In this condition, response personnel may not have been protected from radiological hazards in the manner for which the facility was designed.

NRC regulations require licensees to report a major loss of emergency assessment capability within eight hours. The utility’s failure to report the inoperability of the emergency response facility represents a violation of NRC requirements, resulting in the civil penalty, regulators said.

FPL has 30 days to appeal the NRC’s determination for the white finding, the civil penalty or both.

Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine

Sponsored by FLSmidth
Related Articles

TEPCO: Fukushima nuclear Unit 1 did melt down in 2011 accident

The Tokyo Electric Power Corp. says Unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant did, in fact, meltdown during the 2011 accident.

NRC says Sequoyah nuclear power units OK for license renewals

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published its final environmental report for the renewal of the operating licenses for the Sequoyah 1 and 2 in Tennessee.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter
Latest News

MHPS to supply M501J gas, steam turbines to new combined-cycle power plant in Korea

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), jointly with Marubeni Corp., has received an order f...

Business leaders throw support behind coal plant proposal

Business leaders on Thursday outlined the economic devastation they say could come if New Mex...

TVA seeks public comment for future coal ash storage at Bull Run

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking for public input on plans to expand dry onsite...

California Public Utilities Commission Approves NRG Energy’s Carlsbad Energy Center

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the SDG&E Power Purchase and T...

Vermont joins international effort to fight climate change

Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont has signed on to what he called a first-of-its-kind agreement...

Products May 2015

Callaway Energy Center's Replacement Reactor Vessel Closure Head Project

Replacing heavy equipment is one way utilities can extend the life and increase the reliabili...

Managing CCRs and Process Water: Why Handling Bottom Ash Wet May Remain The Best Option

The U.S. coal-fired electric generation industry once again finds itself in the crosshairs of...
Power Engineering Current Issue
03/01/2015
Volume 119, Issue 3
1503pe-cover
Products Showcase
Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Power Industry Wire News

MIC President Marybeth Miceli Named to AATA Board of Directors; AATA to Provide Free NDT Job Training to Vets, Disadvantaged Young Adults

MIC President Marybeth Miceli Named to AATA Board of Directors; AATA to Provide Free ND...

Alexium Anticipates Potential Addressable Revenue of More Than US$10M for 2015

Alexium Anticipates Potential Addressable Revenue of More Than US$10M for 2015

Upcoming Greenhouse Webinar Teaches Companies How to Engage Engineers in Hiring Top Tech Talent

Upcoming Greenhouse Webinar Teaches Companies How to Engage Engineers in Hiring Top Tec...

Perma-Fix Environmental Services to Present at the Marcum MicroCap Conference

Perma-Fix Environmental Services to Present at the Marcum MicroCap Conference

Blue Earth Receives Notice From NASDAQ That the Company Is No Longer Subject to a Possible Delisting

Blue Earth Receives Notice From NASDAQ That the Company Is No Longer Subject to a Possi...

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>