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NRC STAFF PROPOSES $125,000 CIVIL PENALTY AGAINST CP&L FOR ALLEGED VIOLATION OF NRC REQUIREMENTS AT BRUNSWICK

 NRC STAFF PROPOSES $125,000 CIVIL PENALTY AGAINST CP&L
 FOR ALLEGED VIOLATION OF NRC REQUIREMENTS AT BRUNSWICK
 ATLANTA, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has proposed a $125,000 civil penalty against Carolina Power & Light Company (NYSE: CPL) for alleged violation of NRC requirements at the Brunswick nuclear power plant, located at Southport, N.C., about 30 miles south of Wilmington.
 NRC officials said the civil penalty was being proposed because of two instances involving inadequate corrective actions for previous violations concerning work control and independent verification procedures. One instance involved improper alignment of a valve and a lack of independent verification thereof because a procedure was not followed. The other involved a maintenance mechanic who performed air intake valve adjustments on a diesel generator without using a required maintenance instruction and without supervision by management assigned to the activity or quality control oversight.
 In a letter to the company, Stewart D. Ebneter, administrator of the NRC's Region II office in Atlanta, said the violations indicate that corrective actions to address previous similar violations have been inadequate. On May 31, 1991, the NRC proposed an $87,500 fine against the company for similar problems.
 The NRC said the base civil penalty for the current violation was $50,000, but that it was increased in this case to $125,000 because the NRC identified the first violation and the second was discovered as a result of troubleshooting abnormal diesel generator operation. It was also increased because of past performance in that previous corrective actions for similar problems have not been effective.
 The company has 30 days from receipt of the Notice of Violation to either pay the civil penalty or to protest it, in whole or in part.
 -0- 1/6/92
 /CONTACT: Ken Clark of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 404-331-4503/
 (CPL) CO: United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Carolina Power & Light
 Company ST: North Carolina IN: UTI SU: EXE


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