The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission found a few problems at a Pennsylvania nuclear plant, during a drill to test the facility's security in case of a terrorist attack. Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station, owned by First Energy Corp., was tested in April for potential security risks, and both the NRC and First Energy officials have acknowledged that a letter detailing some problems was received by the corporation on August 8.
CBS affiliate KDKA-TV reports:
The problems occurred in April when NRC inspectors visited the plant about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh during the drill. According to a letter the NRC sent to FirstEnergy on Aug. 8, inspectors found six violations at the “green” level of a color-coded violations scale and one violation above the “green” level. The color-coded scale has four levels of violations, with green being the least serious.
FirstEnergy is appealing any findings that the violations were more serious than “green” and is scheduled to meet with NRC officials behind closed doors on Sept. 5 before the agency issues a final ruling on the violations.
While it is disturbing to know that some problems had occurred during the drill, apparently all issues were addressed before NRC officials left the Beaver County facility in April.
The Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, and is the second nuclear power plant to reside on the site. The first was built by Duquesne Power Company in the 1950's, under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was opened as Shippingport Atomic Power Station on May 26, 1958. The current plant commissioned its first unit in 1976, and its second in 1986, with decommission dates set in 2036 and 2047 respectively.