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Entergy Must Teach FitzPatrick’s Radiation Lessons, NRC Orders

January 26, 2012

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Entergy Corp. was ordered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to teach reactor managers across the U.S. the lessons it learned from violating radiation safety procedures at the FitzPatrick plant in New York.

Rule breaches from 2006 to 2009 involved protective gear for technicians, documentation of valve positions and contamination surveys at the 852-megawatt plant 6 miles (10 kilometers) northeast of Oswego, the NRC said in a statement.

“No health and safety impacts on workers as a result of these violations were identified,” the NRC said.

The order requires Entergy to develop a case study of its errors within 180 days, then present it to managers of the 104 U.S. nuclear plants within 360 days. The New Orleans-based company also has 60 days to report on its training procedures and 90 days to review its safety plans, the NRC said.

“Entergy agrees with the NRC’s confirmatory order,” Tammy Holden, a spokeswoman at the plant, said in an e-mail. “We are confident the corrective actions taken in response to the conduct identified in the 2009 investigation were thorough and comprehensive.”

Entergy took steps to assess the causes of the breaches, conduct training and improve management oversight, the federal agency said. Those measures were taken after the violations were found and before a Nov. 9, 2011, meeting with the NRC and a mediator.

--Editors: Charlotte Porter, Richard Stubbe

To contact the reporter on this story: Colin McClelland in Toronto at cmcclelland1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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