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DUKE POWER RECEIVES NRC NOTICE OF VIOLATIONS AT OCONEE STATION

 DUKE POWER RECEIVES NRC NOTICE OF VIOLATIONS AT OCONEE STATION
 SENECA, S.C., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Power Co. (NYSE: DUK) received notice from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of violations related to two incidents that occurred at the Oconee Nuclear Station last September.
 During a refueling outage on Sept. 7, Oconee Unit 1 experienced an unplanned increase in the temperature of the unit's reactor coolant water due to a loss of the unit's "low pressure service water system." This system removes heat from the reactor coolant system while the unit is shut down. A valve was not positioned properly, which prevented the low pressure service water system from doing its job for about four hours.
 On Sept. 20, during the same refueling outage, Oconee Unit 1 experienced an over-pressurization of piping in a system that circulates water through the reactor when it is shut down. During preparation for returning the unit to service, procedures call for valves to be aligned so that this system is not subjected to higher pressures. Inadvertently, these procedures were not followed. A safety relief valve functioned properly, and 12,400 gallons of water were released to the floor of the unit's auxiliary building and collected by plant systems.
 Neither event posed any danger to the public or to employees.
 "We are not pleased with our performance in these two instances and have taken steps to prevent them from reoccurring," Jim Hampton, Oconee site vice president, said.
 Duke has 30 days in which to prepare a response for the NRC.
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 /CONTACT: Guynn Savage, Duke Power Company, 704-382-8350, office, or 704-548-3309, home/
 (DUK) CO: Duke Power Company ST: South Carolina, North Carolina IN: UTI SU:


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