Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with Duke Energy officials next week about an apparent fire-safety violation of the Oconee power plant’s license.
The NRC told Duke on Jan. 31 that it’s considering escalated enforcement after the utility failed to complete installation of a water system that was part of a transition to new fire protection standard.
Failure to install the system is a “significant regulatory concern,” the NRC said, because it would have improved safety at the plant. The agency rejected Duke’s request for a two-year extension to complete the installation.
The March 5 hearing at the NRC’s headquarters will let Duke present its case before the agency makes a final decision. The three-reactor Oconee is about 30 miles west of Greenville, S.C.