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AmeriScan: October 14, 1999

NUCLEAR PLANT SAFETY REVIEWS NOW ONLINE

WASHINGTON, DC, October 14, 1999 (ENS) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is posting mid-cycle Plant Performance Reviews (PPRs) for nuclear power plants on the NRC web site. PPRs are an interim measure the NRC is using to assess nuclear power plant safety. The agency began using PPRs for this purpose after suspending the Systematic Assessment of Licensee Performance (SALP) in 1998 while it developed a revised reactor oversight process. The text of each mid-cycle PPR letter is available on the NRC website at: www.nrc.gov/OPA/ppr.

Full scale PPRs, which consisted of an in depth, integrated assessment of overall plant performance, were conducted about six months ago. The results of those PPRs were communicated to power reactor license holders. The PPRs provided performance information similar to that contained in SALP reports. The current mid-cycle PPRs are not as detailed. The primary purpose of these reviews was to evaluate safety performance information from the past six months to identify any changes in performance. The revised reactor oversight process is undergoing a pilot evaluation at nine plants and is scheduled for full implementation next spring. Under the revised process, the staff will conduct quarterly performance reviews based on a number of performance indicators and inspection findings. A full description of the revised program is posted on the NRC website at: www.nrc.gov/OPA/primer.htm or www.nrc.gov/NRR/OVERSIGHT/index.html

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