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NRC ISSUES FAVORABLE REPORT ON BRUNSWICK PLANT

 RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Overall performance of Carolina Power & Light's (NYSE: CPL) Brunswick Plant during the past year has been rated favorably, with two of four areas of evaluation being scored as superior and the other two rated as good. This comes from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's periodic report on plant performance.
 The NRC's latest Systematic Assessment of Licensee Performance (SALP) grades nuclear plant performance in four areas: operations, maintenance, engineering and plant support. The grades are on a scale of 1 to 3, with 1 being the top score. The current report assigns the top grade -- 1 -- to operations and plant support and a grade of 2 to maintenance and engineering.
 In a letter accompanying the SALP report, NRC Region II Administrator Stewart D. Ebneter said, "During this SALP period, corporate and site management's attention to plant safety resulted in excellent oversight and control of plant activities."
 Among the items Ebneter noted were management focus on plant safety standards, "significantly improved material condition," the operating record of Unit 2 since its restart in April, and the "excellent Unit 1 shutdown safety performance." He said that for this report -- which covers the period from Nov. 1, 1992, to Nov. 6, 1993 -- "Plant Operations and Plant Support were rated as superior. Maintenance and Engineering were rated as good."
 Roy A. Anderson, Brunswick Plant vice president, said the plant performance that is recognized in this positive report is the result of both a corporate and a plant commitment to excellence in every part of Brunswick operations.
 "CP&L has made a significant commitment to improving the physical condition and the performance of the Brunswick plant, and the employees of Brunswick plant have worked long hours to achieve very ambitious goals," Anderson said. "While we are continuing to work on improving our performance, this report indicates that the company commitment and the hard work of Brunswick employees are producing better performance in every area of plant operations."
 Anderson said the report validates the plant commitment to self-assessment and to identifying issues and dealing with them as they come up. "We followed a very deliberate process in returning Unit 2 to service, and this process has made a difference in operation of the plant. We expect to follow a similar process in preparing for the restart of Unit 1. We will be thorough and deliberate, and we will deal with issues as they arise."
 The NRC report of plant performance will be discussed in a public meeting of the NRC and CP&L at the Brunswick Plant Community Relations Building beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 16.
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 /CONTACT: Mac Harris of CP&L, 919-457-3113/
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CO: Carolina Power & Light; Nuclear Regulatory Commission ST: North Carolina, South Carolina IN: UTI SU:

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