Fire report: no immediate safety concerns

A once-every-three year fire safety inspection report has been completed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the Oconee Nuclear Plant. None of the findings resulted in any immediate safety concerns, according to an NRC spokesman, and Duke Energy immediately took corrective actions and other measures. The NRC’s Roger Hannah says those findings relate to how the plant calculates fire risk for materials in some areas and how the plant handles moveable materials that, under certain scenarios, could burn. The tri-ennnial inspection, completed last month, is required of Oconee and all other nuclear plants. Hannah describes the inspection as rigorous and says it has no relation to an action this summer in which Duke was cited for failure to meet a deadline to transition to national fire protection standards.