Federal Nuclear Regulators Detail Byron's Nuclear Plant Inspection Results

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

The results are in, and the results are good. In its annual end of cycle meeting, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission discussed its yearlong inspections in conjunction with Byron's plant inspectors. The NRC found the plant yielded a green result, or very low safety significance.

"You talk about 2003, they were consistent, same type of green plant, similar low level findings," NRC's Dave Passehl said.

Of its eight types of baseline and other inspections, the NRC found 14 green low safety concerns in 2004, but during public comments, one plant employee questioned some safety concerns he believed the plant did not properly address.

"I agree with those assessments, but when it comes down to the corrective action program, it doesn't work all the time," Barry Quigley said. “Byron's plant leaders defend how they handle employee concerns and the station's safety policies.”

"We do at times understand there may be disagreements in the conclusions, but I assure you and the public that we take these reviews seriously. We do them with quality, we document our results and are very confident in the level of our reviews," site vice president Steve Kuczynski said.

And while they're pleased with the findings, Byron's nuclear plant management argues there's always room to improve.

"They are findings of low safety significance, so our focus is to learn from those, improve our self-assessment and our performance, and get that number to zero," Kuczynski said.

Inspection aspirations at the stateline's largest nuclear plant.

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