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NRC steps up oversight at Exelon's Oyster Creek nuke plant

Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 10:20 AM

The NRC has cited Exelon's Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, Ocean County, N.J.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will step up oversight of Exelon’s Oyster Creek plant in Ocean County, N.J., following a 2016 inspection that found deficient maintenance work on a safety-related relief valve.

The inspection found a problem with one of the plant’s electromatic relief valves, which are used to depressurize the reactor during a pipe break. Oyster Creek has five such valves. In the NRC’s report, it classified its finding as being of “low to moderate safety significance.”

“These valves serve a key safety function and therefore it is important that they be available to help mitigate severe accidents at the plant,” said NRC Region I administrator Dan Dorman. “We will conduct a supplemental inspection at Oyster Creek to ensure the underlying problems that led to this issue have been appropriately addressed.”

Exelon plans to shut down the 636-megawatt reactor in 2019.

Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER

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