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AmeriScan: April 27, 1999

CLINTON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO RESTART

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has determined that improvements at the Clinton Nuclear Power Station are sufficient for the plant to resume operations. The plant, operated by Illinois Power Company, is near Clinton, Illinois. The Clinton plant has been shut down since September 1996 for repairs, modification of safety systems, and performance improvement activities. The NRC has performed extensive inspections over the past several months to assess the performance improvement initiatives and equipment maintenance and modifications undertaken by the utility. James Dyer, NRC Regional administrator, in a letter to the utility said, "Illinois Power's performance improvement initiatives have been sufficiently implemented to support restart of the Clinton Nuclear Power Station." The NRC will monitor the startup activities at Clinton on a round-the-clock basis for about two weeks. The in-depth inspection will involve the resident inspectors, region-based inspectors, and inspectors from other regions.

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