The NRC announced they are doing a special inspection of Oyster Creek today, after incidents that arose during Hurricane Sandy.
The NRC didn’t elaborate about specifics but gave a somewhat vague statement via email.
“The team of three NRC inspectors is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the company’s event declaration activities related to water level increases at the plant’s water intake structure during the storm”
“Nevertheless, there are certain observations involving procedures and on-site activities that surfaced during the event warranting a closer look. This Special Inspection will focus on those areas to gain a better understanding of how the intake water level information was monitored and communicated during the event.”
It is unclear exactly what the NRC is referring to but will issue a report within 45 days. Hopefully this tells the public what the problems actually were. During and after Sandy, SimplyInfo research team members found multiple discrepancies between the plant’s reporting to the media and what the NRC was reporting as the conditions at the plant. At this point it is unclear if this lead to the investigation or if other issues were discovered at Oyster Creek that have not been made public.
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