Webinar Set on Nuclear Power Safety at PA Sites

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Staff members of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public webinar Thursday (June 18, 2020) at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the agency’s annual assessment of safety performance at nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania and Maryland, the agency’s King of Prussia office announced. The online session will be free for participants and viewers, and open to the public.

The commission intends to provide information regarding the plants’ safety performance during 2019 and the NRC’s oversight activities at the facilities. They include:

  • Limerick 1 and 2 in Limerick PA operated by Exelon Nuclear;
  • Peach Bottom 2 and 3 in Delta PA and Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2 in Lusby MD, also operated by Exelon;
  • Beaver Valley 1 and 2 in Shippingport PA, operated by Energy Harbor Nuclear; and
  • Susquehanna 1 & 2 in Salem Township PA, operated by Talen Energy.

In a preview, the agency said Limerick, Beaver Valley, Calvert Cliffs, Peach Bottom and Susquehanna all operated safely in 2019. Inspection findings and performance indicators for each unit were assessed as green, or of very low safety significance, at the end of the year, it added. As a result, each plant in 2020 will receive a “normal level of oversight, which entails thousands of hours of inspection each year.”

Participants will be able to view slides prepared by NRC staff and ask questions either orally or in writing via a web page established to host the session. Advance online registration is required to participate.

NRC’s reactor oversight process uses color-coded inspection findings and indicators to describe plant performance. The colors start at green and increase to white, yellow or red, commensurate with the safety significance of the issues involved. Inspection findings or performance indicators with more than very low safety significance trigger increased NRC oversight.

Inspections are performed by NRC resident inspectors assigned to each of the plants and specialists from the agency’s King of Prussia office. Annual assessment letters for the plants, as well as the webinar notice, are available on the NRC website. Current plant performance indicators for all of the units are also available on the website and are updated on a quarterly basis.

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