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NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT ON NRC 'WATCHLIST'

 NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT ON NRC 'WATCHLIST'
 OSWEGO, N.Y., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Power Authority officials said Wednesday that inclusion of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) "watchlist" underscores the importance of actions now under way to address performance problems at the plant.
 "This confirms our concerns and emphasizes the need for the improvement program we are implementing," said Ralph E. Beedle, the Power Authority's executive vice president of nuclear generation.
 "Obviously, we would have preferred not to be on the list, but regardless of what the NRC staff decided, we would have proceeded aggressively with our plan," said Beedle.
 The watchlist includes plants the NRC staff has identified as warranting "increased NRC attention."
 Power Authority initiatives to address performance deficiencies noted in internal reviews and by the NRC span five major areas: management changes, capital improvements, engineering changes, a Nuclear Generation Department business plan, and a results improvement program for the FitzPatrick plant.
 A key element is the results improvement plan, which includes more than 600 actions, each carefully selected to address one of eight root causes or contributing causes of the deficiencies. The Power Authority began developing the improvement plan last summer. The plan also addresses the findings of a diagnostic evaluation that the NRC conducted at the FitzPatrick plant last fall.
 Management changes include a new organizational structure, with addition of three general managers reporting to the plant resident manager to strengthen control and accountability. Other changes have increased headquarters involvement in plant activities.
 Engineering programs are being strengthened with a single corporate executive now responsible for their implementation. Capital improvements, such as a new administration building at the plant, will provide the facilities and working conditions to support improved operation.
 "Our objective is not just to get the FitzPatrick plant off the watchlist," said Beedle. " We want to make FitzPatrick one of the best-run nuclear plants in the country."
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