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FERMI 2 RECEIVES BEST-EVER NRC REPORT CARD

 FERMI 2 RECEIVES BEST-EVER NRC REPORT CARD
 NEWPORT, Mich., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Edison's Fermi 2


power plant has received its best-ever report card from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), earning superior performance ratings in four areas.
 Fermi 2, operating this year through August at near 100-percent capacity, received four category 1 ratings and three category 2 marks in the NRC's Systematic Assessment of Licensee Performance (SALP) report.
 The NRC measures seven functional areas in regularly evaluating the performance of all U.S. nuclear power plants. A category 1 rating -- superior performance -- indicates reduced NRC attention may be appropriate. Category 2 -- good performance -- indicates NRC attention may be maintained at normal levels, while category 3 -- minimally satisfactory performance -- indicates areas in which the NRC feels increased attention is needed.
 NRC Regional Administrator A. Bert Davis cited Fermi's first superior performance rating in the area of Safety Assessment/Quality Verification as indicative of plant management's sensitivity to nuclear safety.
 "Achieving this rating is especially notable and is the result of overall management efforts to critically assess individual areas and implement actions to improve performance," Davis said in the report.
 William S. Orser, Detroit Edison's senior vice president, Nuclear Generation, noted this was the third consecutive year the NRC recognized improvement in Fermi's performance. "While gratified by the report, we intend to keep working at becoming one of the best performing nuclear power plants in the country," he said.
 Fermi 2 also received category 1 ratings in the areas of Radiological Controls, Emergency Preparedness and Security.
 In the areas of Plant Operations and Engineering/Technical Support, category 2 rankings were received with the NRC noting an improving trend. The Maintenance/Surveillance area was rated a category 2.
 In its previous SALP report, Fermi received two category 1 ratings and five category 2 ratings.
 The NRC will review the latest report at a public meeting Oct. 7.
 Fermi 2 is scheduled to shut down Sept. 12 for refueling and maintenance, which is expected to take about two months.
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 /CONTACT: Lorie N. Kessler, 313-237-8807, or Scott L. Simons, 313-237-8808, both of Detroit Edison/
 (DTE) CO: Detroit Edison Company; Nuclear Regulatory Commission ST: Michigan IN: OIL SU:


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