NRC to hold open house on Catawba plant April 24

Posted April 14, 2014 1:20 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Representatives from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will visit Rock Hill later this month. It’s part of a bi-annual re-assessment of the two regulators.

Described as “an informal open house,” the April 24 session will include NRC staff answering questions on the safety performance of Catawba Nuclear Staion units 1 and 2 as well as the overall NRC oversight and inspection.

“Overall, the NRC staff concluded that Catawba Units 1 and 2 operated safely in 2013, and there were no inspection findings or performance indicators that could cause the NRC to increase its level of oversight and inspection,” NRC spoeksman Roger Hannah said.

Routine inspections are carried out by the NRC resident inspectors assigned to the plant and by inspection specialists from the Region II office in Atlanta.

“Our resident and region-based inspectors spend many hours monitoring plant activities to ensure that the plant operates safely,” said NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree. “We hold these meetings every year to make our staff available to people who live close to the plant and answer questions about our oversight.”

The open house will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Rotunda at Rock Hill City Hall, 155 Johnston Street.