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NRC: Oyster Creek nuclear power plant “performance acceptable” during Superstorm Sandy

In a letter issued this week from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to Exelon (NYSE: EXC), the operator of the 636 MW Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey, the nuclear regulator declared that the plant’s response to the threat of flooding from Superstorm Sandy was satisfactory despite small errors.

The NRC wrote that Oyster Creek’s “performance was acceptable and that emergency action level declarations were timely. However, the (Special Inspection team) observed several licensee practices where plant performance could be improved.” These practices included keeping control room logs that were illegible to safety inspectors and, in one instance, taking a wind reading from the wrong sensor.

“These observations were determined to be of minor significance and therefore no enforcement action is being taken,” the NRC said.

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