People of Northwest Public Radio
Fri March 7, 2014
Nuclear Power Plant Safety Report
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say they’ve been on top of the issues.
The Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed how many times the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent inspection teams to nuclear plants across the country.
This is the fourth year the union has released this report. Author David Lochbaum says the safety problems at South-Central Washington’s Columbia Generating Station were minor. But it’s important to get even the smallest details right at a nuclear power plant.
“You fix hardware, you fix training, you fix procedure problems that could contribute to more severe events,” Lochbaum says.
In previous years, the report didn’t cite any problems at the Columbia Generating Station.
The latest report notes two security-related incidents and one problem with a dirty air conditioning filter.
Energy Northwest runs the Columbia Generating Station. A spokeswoman says the incidents didn’t put anyone’s health or safety at risk.
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