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NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY WORKING TO CORRECT INDIAN POINT PROBLEMS

 NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Power Authority Chairman Richard M. Flynn said today that the Power Authority is acting aggressively to correct problems at its Indian Point 3 Nuclear Power Plant and will not restart the plant until the concerns have been resolved.
 "This is a top priority for me and the other Power Authority trustees," said Flynn. "We recognize that there are problems and have already taken a number of steps to address them. We will not be satisfied until Indian Point 3 is one of the nation's best-run nuclear power plants."
 In addition to implementing a comprehensive equipment maintenance and testing program and procedural changes, Flynn said the Power Authority:
 -- Will install a 23-year veteran of the nuclear power industry as the plant's new resident manager next Thursday (April 8), several months ahead of schedule.
 -- Has removed several Indian Point 3 staff members who were directly involved in problem areas.
 -- Has hired an independent outside consultant with extensive nuclear industry experience to report to the trustees on "what went wrong" at Indian Point 3 and on the performance of the Power Authority's Nuclear Generation Department.
 -- Has advised the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a March 26 letter that the plant will not resume operation until the Power Authority is satisfied, and the NRC agrees, that it is ready to do so. This is not expected to be before mid-May.
 The Power Authority removed Indian Point 3 from service Feb. 27 to test a backup system that would be used to shut down the plant if other shutdown systems were not functioning properly. Testing of the backup system was satisfactory. The outage was later extended to assess various testing programs and to conduct maintenance that had been scheduled for a shutdown in May.
 Flynn noted that none of the problems at Indian Point 3 has threatened public safety, but that he and the other Power Authority trustees are concerned by a pattern during the past year of equipment malfunctions, declining grades in an NRC report and fines by the federal agency.
 "This is clearly unacceptable," Flynn said. "We don't have all the answers yet, but it seems evident we have to strengthen our management oversight, improve our procedures and create a greater sense of responsibility on everyone's part."
 The new resident manager, John H. Garrity, comes to the Power Authority from the Tennessee Valley Authority where, as a vice president, he inherited and corrected major problems at two nuclear power plants. He previously had worked for two Maine utilities and was responsible for a major improvement in NRC rankings for the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station.
 Garrity, who has been working since February at the Power Authority's White Plains headquarters, had been scheduled to take over as Indian Point 3's top staff member this summer. William A. Josiger, vice president of nuclear operations and maintenance, has been filling the position on an interim basis since November and will return to his headquarters duties.
 Flynn said the other Indian Point 3 personnel changes involve staff members in the areas of operations, work control, contract schedule and support service.
 He said the outside consultant, PRISM Consulting of Emeryville, Calif., will report to the trustees within two months.
 "They'll have complete independence," Flynn said, "and we want them to give us a thorough and objective report."
 The principal consultant has more than 25 years' experience dealing with nuclear power issues and the project manager has more than 16.
 In the letter to the NRC, Ralph E. Beedle, the Power Authority's executive vice president nuclear generation, listed numerous actions that will be completed before the plant returns to service. These mainly involve review and revision of equipment testing programs and verification that various systems meet NRC requirements and Power Authority commitments.
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 /CONTACT: Stephen Shoenholz of New York Power Authority, 212-468-6313/


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