US regulators, Millstone nuke plant settle dispute

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday cited a "willful violation" for changes by Dominion Resources Inc. without a license amendment at its Millstone Unit 2 plant in Waterford, Conn.

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) - The parent company of Connecticut's nuclear plant and federal regulators have reached a settlement over the plant operator's decision, without regulatory approval, to halt the use of a safety-related pump in the event of a severe accident.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday cited a "willful violation" for changes by Dominion Resources Inc. without a license amendment at its Millstone Unit 2 plant in Waterford.

Ken Holt, a Millstone spokesman, said Dominion does not agree that the violation was deliberate.

"It's an item we could not find consensus on. We agreed to disagree," he said.

Dominion agreed to change plant procedures governing the operation and testing of the charging pumps, provide complete and accurate information and submit a request to federal regulators for a change to its license addressing the use of charging pumps.

Regulators said they became aware in September 2011 that Dominion submitted requests for approval of changes to the Unit 2 operating license that were incomplete and inaccurate.

Robert Klee, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said the state agency will observe Millstone's efforts to put in place the "corrective action plan" and will work with federal officials to make sure Dominion follows the agreement.

In exchange for Dominion's agreement to make the changes, federal regulators agreed not to pursue further enforcement action.



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