2017-04-19 / Front Page

NRC plans open house to discuss Plant Vogtle units

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced plans for a public meeting to discuss the agency's 2016 safety assessment of Plant Vogtle's two operating units, as well as the inspection and oversight of the two new units under construction.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the auditorium of Augusta Technical College, 216 GA- 24 in Waynesboro.

Inspectors and managers responsible for NRC oversight of the plant, including the site-based resident inspectors for both operation and construction, will be on hand to discuss the plant’s regulatory performance and NRC inspections.

Although not part of the agenda, NRC and Southern Company representatives are expected to be available to respond to questions about the recent financial problems of Westinghouse, primary contractor for Units 3 and 4.

According to NRC spokesman Joey Ledford, "Overall, Vogtle Units 1 and 2 operated safely during 2016 and met NRC requirements. During 2016, the plant was subject to the lowest level of increased NRC oversight based on inspection findings in the security area. However, after NRC inspectors confirmed actions had been taken to address those issues, both units returned to the NRC’s baseline level of oversight, which entails thousands of hours of inspection each year."

The NRC’s Roger Hannah added, "Construction inspection staff found that Units 3 and 4 were being built in a manner that protected public health and safety and met all regulatory objectives.

Under the NRC’s Reactor Oversight Process, the agency assesses plant performance through the use of color-coded inspection findings and performance indicators, which are statistical measurements of plant performance. Any inspection findings or performance indicators that are greater than green (very low safety significance) can result in increased NRC oversight."

The spokesmen also said that routine inspections at both the operating units and the construction site are performed by resident inspectors assigned to the plant. Reviews are also carried out at the sites by specialist inspectors assigned to the agency’s Region II office in Atlanta.

The annual assessment letter for Vogtle Units 1 and 2, as well as the notice for the meeting, are available on the NRC website. Current performance information for Units 1 and Unit 2 s also available.

The construction assessment letter for Units 3 and 4 is also available online at www.nrc.gov.

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