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Closer inspection of Peach Bottom nuclear plant following violation notice

Peach Bottom nuclear plant issued violation notice, will come under closer scrutiny from regulators CRABLE | Staff Writer, Jan 4, 2019 

      The Peach Bottom nuclear plant will come under closer inspection from federal regulators following damage to an emergency diesel generator during a test in June.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Peach Bottom owner Exelon committed a violation in the low to moderate safety range for the incident.

The violation notice comes after plant staff and NRC regulators twice found problems on one of the four generators. The problems were fixed but during a test of the generator in June, a fit pin became dislodged and damaged compressor blades. Debris from the blades contaminated other parts of the generator, the NRC said.

The NRC said that “Exelon failed to take adequate corrective actions to address the adverse conditions involving the (generator), leading to the problems that surfaced on June 13.

The violation means that the NRC will focus more scrutiny on Peach Bottom. The agency will perform an inspection at the plant in coming months to review the company’s root-cause evaluation of the issues and any corrective actions, the NRC said.

Exelon did not contest the findings.

Exelon has asked the NRC for permission to extend the license of the York  County nuclear plant for 20 years, to 2053 and 2054 for its two units.

The NRC is reviewing the request.


January 6, 2019 - Posted by | safety, USA

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