NRC says all is well at River Bend plant

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Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 31 at 11:02 AM

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — The River Bend nuclear power plant is now operating with a normal level of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversight, based on last year's overall satisfactory safety performance.

NRC officials tell The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1aPiGd5 ) that at the end of 2012, all River Bend performance indicators and inspection findings were "green," or of very low risk.

The NRC uses color-coded inspection findings and performance indicators. The colors start with green and increase to white, yellow or red, depending on the safety significance.

During the second quarter of 2012, the NRC conducted additional inspections after the plant experienced what the agency calls "scrams with complications," or automatic or manual shutdowns of the reactor that result in additional problems.

The NRC says the issues were worked out by the fourth quarter.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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