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NRC to meet with Duke Energy over nuclear plant violations

Duke Energy Carolinas LLC Oconee nuclear power plant South Carolina NRC fire

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff will meet with officials from Duke Energy Carolinas LLC (NYSE: DUK) on March 5 to discuss Duke’s apparent violation of a license condition on fire protection at its three-unit, 2,538 MW Oconee nuclear power plant in South Carolina.

Duke officials will have an opportunity before the conference to provide information and their perspective on the violation. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, Md.
The agency notified Duke on Jan. 31 that it is considering escalated enforcement action after Duke failed to complete the installation and implementation of the protected service water system at Oconee by Dec. 31 as part of the final steps of transitioning the plant’s fire protection program to the National Fire Protection Association Standard No. 805 under NRC regulations.

Failure to install the protected service water system is a significant regulatory concern to the NRC because proper installation would improve safety and reduce risk at the plant. Duke requested an additional two-year extension for installation, but the NRC rejected that request on Jan. 15.

A toll-free audio teleconference number will be established for members of the public to participate in the meeting. For details, contact John Boska at 301-415-2901 or [email protected] before 10 a.m. on March 5.

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