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September 12, 2013

NRC to discuss concrete testing


For Seabrook Station, the NRC informed the plant that its application for license extension would not be finalized until the commission was satisfied with the current status of plant safety in relation to the ASR and had assurances that long-term safety plans could be met.

On May 16, 2012, a Confirmation Action Letter was released by the NRC that detailed 11 items agreed to by NextEra for evaluating the ASR-affected areas. Over time, NRC inspections of Seabrook Station closed out all of the commitments, indicating the satisfactory implementation of steps that show appropriate corrective actions are being carried out.

But the results of more testing ongoing at the the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory at the University of Texas-Austin are needed regarding a long-term plan of the situation in regard to the company’s requested 20-year extension of the plant’s operating license, according to the NRC. The results of the testing program, expected sometime in 2014, will be used to provide the long-term resolution of the concrete degradation at Seabrook Station.

It is the long-term ASR testing program and its schedule that NRC officials will discuss with the public at the Oct. 9 event in Hampton. The public is invited to the informal open house at 5 p.m. and public meeting at 6. The public will have the opportunity to talk with officials both before and during the meeting.

Expected will be a number of NRC officials, including William Dean, regional administrator of Region I, James Trapp, deputy director, Division of Reactor Safety, and William Cook, senior reactor analyst and the leader of the team investigating the ASR at Seabrook Station. Dr. Oguzhan Bayrak, director at the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory of the University of Texas/Austin, will also be on hand.

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