This post highlights selected NRC actions during the fourth quarter, October through December 2012.We report on this topic to illustrate how the NRC squeezes plants on SC even if the agency is not officially regulating SC.An NRC supplemental inspection report* contained the following comment on a licensee root cause analysis: “Inadequate emphasis on the importance of regulatory compliance has contributed to a culture which lacks urgency in the identification and timely resolution of issues associated with non-compliant and potentially non-conforming conditions.” Later, the NRC observes “This culture change initiative [to address the regulatory compliance issue] was reviewed and found to still be in progress.

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provided details on the problems identified by the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) in the independent Fort Calhoun SC assessment, including management practices that resulted “. However, CAP was not fully effective as implemented.

A new CAP process has been implemented and root cause analysis on topics such as Condition Report quality continue to create improvement actions.”OPPD's progress report***** at a Nov.

15, 2012 public meeting with the NRC includes over two dozen specific items related to improving or monitoring SC. ensure that you [Palisades] are implementing appropriate At an NRC-Entergy public meeting December 11, Entergy's presentation focused on two plant problems (DC bus incident and service water pump failure) and included references to SC as part of the plant's performance recovery plan.

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at Global Nuclear Fuel-America's fuel fabrication facility in Wilmington, North Carolina, "to review the circumstances surrounding the discovery in late March that some safety equipment was unavailable or unreliable," NRC said Monday in a statement.

The facility converts low-enriched uranium from gaseous form into solid pellets and loads them into metal fuel assemblies for use in commercial nuclear power reactors."On March 28, plant employees determined that a moisture sensor that is one of the facility's criticality controls was not operable.

A pressure indicator in the same system that would have also helped prevent a criticality was later found to be in a condition that made it unreliable," NRC said. Megawatt Daily provides detailed coverage of power prices in major US and Canadian electricity markets, up-to-date information about solicitations and supply deals, and information about complex state and federal power regulations.

If it were to occur, a criticality event would result in a fission chain reaction that would release radiation, the agency said.

Such an event "would not be expected to affect people or the environment outside the facility, but could be serious for workers in the immediate area," the agency said."While there was no actual unsafe condition, our inspectors will make sure that we fully understand the potential safety significance associated with the equipment problems," NRC Region II Administrator Victor Mc Cree said in the statement.

The agency said it will issue a report within 45 days of the conclusion of the inspection.