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NRC STAFF PROPOSES $37,500 CIVIL PENALTY AGAINST CP&L FOR ALLEGED VIOLATION OF NRC REQUIREMENTS AT ROBINSON NUCLEAR PLANT

 NRC STAFF PROPOSES $37,500 CIVIL PENALTY AGAINST CP&L FOR ALLEGED VIOLATION OF NRC REQUIREMENTS AT ROBINSON NUCLEAR PLANT
 ATLANTA, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has proposed a $37,500 civil penalty against Carolina Power & Light Company (NYSE: CPL) for alleged violation of NRC safety requirements at the H.B. Robinson nuclear power plant, located near Hartsville, S.C.
 In a letter to the company, dated Dec. 16, the NRC said the fine was being proposed because of multiple examples of inadequacies in engineering design control, as well as engineering interfaces and coordination with other company organizations.
 The NRC said that a design basis analysis was not developed for single safety injection pump operation in a time interval during a large break loss of coolant accident when the Emergency Core Cooling System would switch over from an injection phase to a recirculation phase. Also, the agency said a design activity analysis to support single pump operation during such an accident was inadequate in that it did not properly consider losses of reactor coolant water due to entrainment (suspension of a liquid in the form of fine droplets in a vapor so that the vapor carries the liquid away), a design basis analysis was not developed for single safety injection pump operation during the switchover time interval during a small break loss of coolant accident, and a removal modification for a resistance temperature detector bypass was inadequately developed, verified and performed.
 NRC officials said the base civil penalty for these violations was $50,000 but that the penalty was reduced because the company identified three of the four violations. The agency also said the violations were classified in a category involving proposal of a civil penalty because of the multiple occurrences.
 The company has 30 days from receipt of the Notice of Violation and proposed civil penalty to either pay the fine or to protest it, in whole or in part.
 -0- 12/17/91
 /CONTACT: Ken Clark of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 404-331-5503/
 (CPL) CO: United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Carolina Power & Light
 Company ST: South Carolina IN: UTI SU: EXE


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