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CALVERT CLIFFS IMPROVEMENTS RECOGNIZED IN KEY NRC REPORT

 BALTIMORE, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Ongoing improvements at Baltimore Gas & Electric Company's (NYSE: BGE) Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant have been noted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in its most recent Systematic Assessment of Licensee Performance.
 Calvert Cliffs earned the highest possible rating -- Category 1 -- in both Operations and Engineering Support. Category 2 ratings were earned in Maintenance and Plant Support. The report covered a period from March 29, 1992 to Oct. 9, 1993, and rated the plant's performance in four categories.
 In previous SALP periods, seven areas of performance were rated. The revised SALP combines Emergency Planning, Security, and Radiological Controls into a single new category -- Plant Support. In addition, the area of Safety Assessment/Quality Verification, previously a separate category, has become an integral element of the remaining four categories.
 Overall, the NRC said it "continued to see improved performance at Calvert Cliffs." In its report, the NRC said Calvert Cliffs management "demonstrated a strong and proactive safety perspective as evidenced by the implementation of safety initiatives, actions taken to improve system performance and reliability, and effective response to plant events."
 BG&E Vice President of Nuclear Energy Robert E. Denton said that he was encouraged and pleased by the report.
 "It's rewarding to know that our efforts and the improvements they produce are being recognized by the NRC," Denton said. "Our employees and our plant have come a long way in the past few years. We have much to be proud of, but continuous improvement must be maintained if we are to achieve our long-term goal of establishing Calvert Cliffs as a world class nuclear power plant."
 In its summary, the NRC noted that in the area of Plant Operations, "Operators were well-trained, demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, and maintained a strong nuclear safety-conscious approach." A strong self-assessment program contributed to improved performance, the report noted.
 In the area of Engineering Performance, which improved to Category 1 from a Category 2 during the previous SALP period, the NRC said "Engineering management demonstrated excellent involvement in and oversight of engineering tasks and issues, and displayed a strong safety perspective."
 In the area of Maintenance, the NRC noted that "Significant improvements were made in reducing maintenance backlogs and meeting rework goals." However, "corrective actions for some previously identified problems, such as foreign material exclusion control and work control practices, were not fully effective." Plant Support functions "continued to be effective and contributed to safe plant operations," the report said.
 The report also noted some areas needing improvement.
 "In general, problem identification and resolution of significant events and issues were timely and effective with thorough root cause analysis being performed and effective corrective actions being taken," the NRC said. "However, for lower tier events, the root cause analysis, tracking and follow through on corrective actions were not always fully effective."
 The NRC will meet with BG&E management to discuss the SALP report on Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Calvert Cliffs Education Center, adjacent to the plant Visitor's Center just outside the plant's main gate. The meeting is open to the public.
 -0- 12/2/93
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: The following chart offers a comparison of the SALP results for the past three reporting periods. As mentioned in the news release, the revised SALP process encompasses four areas of performance, compared with seven areas in the previous assessments.
 1993 SALP RESULTS
 OPERATIONS 1
 ENGINEERING 1
 MAINTENANCE 2
 PLANT SUPPORT 2
 PREVIOUS SALP RESULTS
 1991 1992
 OPERATIONS 2 1
 ENGINEERING 2 2
 MAINTENANCE 2 2
 EMERGENCY PLANNING 2 2
 SECURITY 1 1
 RADIOLOGICAL CONTROLS 2 1
 SAFETY ASSESSMENT/
 QUALITY VERIFICATION 2 2/
 /CONTACT: Karl Neddenien of Baltimore Gas & Electric, 410-260-4733/
 (BGE)


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