Columbia, S.C., March 17, 2005 - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has reduced the severity of a safety-related finding discovered during an engineering design inspection at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station to the lowest level of significance the NRC assigns to a finding.
The NRC team identified a potential vulnerability for the emergency feedwater flow control valves to become plugged by debris from service water should the systems ever have to be cross connected.
The issue was preliminarily classified as a "white" finding through the NRC's significance determination process. This process uses a four color system (green, white, yellow or red) to indicate the relative safety significance of findings that are determined to be more than minor. White category items are those that have low to moderate safety significance.
The NRC reduced the level of the finding following a regulatory conference Feb. 17 where SCE&G presented additional information.
Plant Manager Dan Gatlin said the utility was pleased with the NRC's decision. "Even though we are now in agreement that the issue presented very little risk to the plant, we will still aggressively address the issue in our next refueling outage, which begins in April," he said.