Subject: Fwd: PR-99-99 NRC Workshop On New Oversight Processes

United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20555
Phone 301-415-8200   Fax 301-415-2234
Internet:opa@nrc.gov

No. 99-99       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        (Thursday, May 13, 1999)


NRC TO HOLD WORKSHOP MAY 17-20 NEAR PHILADELPHIA
ON NEW OVERSIGHT PROCESSES FOR NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS

 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public workshop Monday, May
 17, through Thursday, May 20, near Philadelphia on the agency's new
 regulatory oversight program for nuclear power plants.

 This workshop is intended to familiarize participants with the processes
 of performance indicator reporting, inspection, assessment and
 enforcement the NRC plans to use to monitor power plant licensees.

 Participating in the workshop will be NRC staff members, representatives
 of the nuclear industry, state officials and other interested parties.  

 Sessions, all of which will be open to the public, will be held at the
 Philadelphia Airport Ramada Inn.  Registration will take place from 10
 a.m. to noon the first day.  The workshop itself will begin thereafter
 and will continue until 5 p.m.  Sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The program Thursday afternoon will be
 an overview structured specifically for licensee managers and others who
 cannot attend the entire workshop.

 NRC has revamped its inspection and oversight process to utilize its
 resources more effectively and efficiently, in part because of
 improvements in nuclear power plant safety performance over the past 20
 years.

 The program will be tested, beginning next month, on a pilot basis at
 nine power plant sites -- Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey, FitzPatrick
 in New York, Prairie Island in Minnesota, Quad Cities in Illinois,
 Shearon Harris in North Carolina, Sequoyah in Tennessee, and Fort Calhoun
 and Cooper in Nebraska.

 The plan is to apply it to all nuclear power plants after the pilot
 program has been evaluated and any necessary adjustments made.