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NRC plans open house on Plant Vogtle

Friday, March 23, 2012 9:06 AM
Last updated Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:15 AM
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The Nuclear Regulatory Com­mission will hold an open house in Waynesboro, Ga., on Thursday to discuss recent assessments and inspections of Plant Vogtle’s existing reactors and of Southern Nuclear’s $14 billion construction program to add two new reactors.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium on Augusta Technical Col­lege’s Waynesboro campus. During an informal open house session, NRC staff will be available to answer questions about the safety performance of Vogtle Units 1 and 2 and recent inspections.

A presentation on inspection and oversight of Units 3 and 4, now under construction, will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session.

Overall, the NRC staff concluded that Vogtle Units 1 and 2 operated safely in 2011, and there were no inspection findings or performance indicators that would cause the NRC to increase its level of oversight and inspection.

The NRC uses color-coded inspection findings and performance indicators to assess operating plant performance.

The colors start with “green,” which has very low safety significance, to “white,” “yellow” or “red,” based on the significance of the issues.

The NRC performance review of Vogtle site construction found that, overall, Southern and its contractors conducted construction activities in compliance with NRC regulations and the conditions of the plant’s combined license.

Based on the most recent assessments, the site received “green” scores and NRC will not expand its activities beyond it currently planned schedules.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Open house to discuss assessments and inspections at Plant Vogtle

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Augusta Technical College’s Waynesboro campus, 216 Georgia Highway 24 South


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