NRC reports progress at Calvert Cliffs plant Safety, maintenance, operations rated good

May 14, 1991|By Kim Clark

Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors have found improvements in the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant's operations, safety and maintenance, an NRC official said yesterday.

Larry Nicholson, the NRC's senior resident inspector at the power plant in Lusby, said a 15-month-long evaluation found improved written procedures, management and waste handling since last year.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s twin-reactor plant, which has been on the NRC's "Watch List" for troubled plants since December 1988, was rated as having superior security. It also had good levels of operations, maintenance, safety and engineering, the inspectors said.

Mr. Nicholson said the new evaluation would be considered by the NRC next month at a meeting to decide whether to add or delete any plants to the "watch list."

The latest report is an improvement over a similar evaluation in 1989, which found only "acceptable" levels of operations, maintenance and safety. Any plant that gets a rating below "acceptable" is shut down, Mr. Nicholson said.

While praising BG&E overall, the NRC report said security seemed to be slipping a little from its high level.

The agency also warned that "a number of weaknesses remain to be corrected," including a "lack of centralized program for management of corrective actions; weaknesses in communications between departments; and inadequate follow through in the resolution of identified [safety] problems."

George Creel, who runs the nuclear operations for BG&E, said he was pleased with the plant's performance but added, "There is always room for improvement."

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting on its latest report at 10 a.m. May 21 at the plant.

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