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NRC NOTES IMPROVEMENTS AT FITZPATRICK PLANT

 OSWEGO, N.Y., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Power Authority Chairman Richard M. Flynn said Thursday he was "elated" that a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report showed improvements in several major areas at the Power Authority's James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, near Oswego.
 "It's gratifying to see that our significant investment of time, talent and money to improve operations at FitzPatrick has been recognized by the NRC," said Flynn. "This is an important milestone on our road to recovery.
 "We intend to continue our efforts until FitzPatrick is considered one of the best-run plants in the country," Flynn said. "And when we get to that point we're going to stay there."
 The NRC assessment of seven areas of plant performance for the period from April 19, 1992, through this April 17 showed substantial improvement over the report for the previous 14 1/2 months.
 In the latest Systematic Assessment of Licensee Performance (SALP), the NRC noted improvements in four categories and no change in three others already ranked as superior or good.
 The NRC ratings are "1" (superior performance), "2" (good) and "3" (adequate).
 The FitzPatrick plant retained ratings of 1 in Emergency Preparedness and in Security. It also retained a "2" in Radiological Controls.
 Grades for Plant Operations, Maintenance/Surveillance, and Safety Assessment/Quality Verification improved from 3 to 2. Engineering Technical Support, which received a 3 in the last report, was still rated 3, but with the notation that performance is improving.
 In its summary of the report, the NRC noted, "Management demonstrated a strong commitment to improvement and provided the necessary resources to effectively implement FitzPatrick's Results Improvement Program." The program, begun by the Power Authority in the fall of 1991, includes hundreds of corrective actions to resolve problems at the plant.
 "We've put a lot of resources into this plant," Flynn said. "We have a new resident manager, a new business plan and a detailed, well- defined program of improvements. These grades show we're heading in the direction we've planned.
 "But, "Flynn said, "while better is good--it's still not good enough. We've made a commitment to excellence at our nuclear plants and none of us will be satisfied until all aspects of our operations are considered among the best in the business."
 He said a program similar to the successful effort at FitzPatrick is now being implemented at the Power Authority's Indian Point 3 Nuclear Power Plant in Westchester County.
 The NRC plans to discuss the report with Power Authority managers at a meeting on Wednesday, July 28 at the FitzPatrick plant. The meeting, at a time to be announced, will be open for public observation.
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