NRC reviews Seabrook nuclear plant - Concrete degradation plan audited
- August 6, 2017
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Seven members of the NRC staff spent from
ASR can take as long as 15 years to make itself known. It is commonly found in bridges and dams, but so far
According to the NRC, ASR has not affected the safety of
The federal agency told NextEra its application is on hold until the company can prove to the commission that it can safely manage the ASR problem as the plant ages and ensure public safety.
NextEra embarked upon a two-year study of the ASR problem, which was conducted by the
According to NRC Region I spokesman
Since its filing about a year ago, NRC staff members reviewing the amendment have asked for more information from NextEra on specific areas to augment the amendment, according to NRC documentation, and last month's audit resulted in at least six more topics about which the NRC wants NextEra to supply more information.
During the week-long audit, Sheehan said, the NRC team posed numerous questions to NextEra staff and explained they would be issuing six more Requests for Additional Information to NextEra based on the site visit. But, Sheehan added, that's not out of the ordinary in such circumstances.
"We would not consider a half-dozen Requests for Additional Information to be unusual for a license amendment request, particularly one involving complex and novel issues," Sheehan said. "The number does not signify shortcomings on the part of the company as it developed the proposal. The NRC staff is diligently reviewing NextEra's plan and the requests allow for the compilation of details that are important to their evaluations."
The NRC is reviewing the license amendment request in accordance with the Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants, according to NRC documentation. The amendment proposal, if approved, would adopt methodology for the managing of ASR, and revise
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