The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it found issues and weaknesses related to a fire and reactor shutdown at the Robinson Nuclear Plant near Hartsville.
NRC staff met in Hartsville Wednesday to discuss the results of an additional inspection of a March 28 reactor shutdown and two fires in the plant’s electrical systems. Roger Hannah, Senior Public Affairs Officer for the US Nuclear Regulatory Office in Atlanta said the results of that inspection led to a total of 14 unresolved items in four different areas: operator performance, equipment performance, fire protection and emergency preparedness.
Most of the unresolved items are in the operator performance area specifically related to oversite in the event by control-room supervisors, some training issues, also some issues with procedures. It’s important to note that these events did not adversely effect the safety of the public during the event. But, they did find that there may have been some weakness by the overall response from Progress Energy.
Hannah said the NRC originally dispatched a three-person special inspection team to the Robinson plant, but further review pointed to the need for additional inspection.
Hannah continued, “If we find that any of these unresolved items may have been violations at NRC regulations, we would enter those into our enforcement procedures, it could lead to increased inspections and oversights, but it’s too early to speculate at this point.”
The NRC will issue a written report of the Augmented Inspection Team (AIT) review in the next several weeks.