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NRC STAFF PROPOSES $50,000 FINE AGAINST SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY

 NRC STAFF PROPOSES $50,000 FINE AGAINST
 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY
 WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Feb 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is proposing to fine Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) $50,000 for alleged violations of NRC requirements involving fire protection for electrical equipment at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Unit 1 (SONGS-1), and reporting of the problem to the NRC. NRC Regional Administrator John B. Martin notified the company of the alleged violations by letter on Feb. 21, 1992.
 During an inspection conducted Nov. 14 through Dec. 18, 1991, NRC inspectors identified the following violations:
 -- Failure to establish a continuous fire watch for a room containing safety-related electrical equipment when both banks of the Halon system for that room were inoperable during 10 periods from July 1989 through June 1991,
 -- Failure to provide complete and accurate information in the original Licensee Event Report describing the potential significance of the inoperability of the Halon system.
 These alleged violations have been categorized as a Severity Level III problem on a scale of I to V, with Level I representing a problem or violation of very significant regulatory concern and Level V a problem or violation of minor concern. The base civil penalty for Severity Level III is $50,000.
 One Severity Level IV violation, involving failure to incorporate testing of a Halon system component in the SONGS-1 testing program, was also identified. No civil penalty was proposed for this violation.
 SCE has 30 days to submit a written statement to the NRC admitting or denying the alleged violations, explaining the reasons for them if admitted, stating the corrective actions which have been or will be taken and the date when full compliance was or will be achieved.
 The company also has 30 days to pay the proposed fines or to protest them, in whole or in part. If the fines are protested and later imposed, SCE may request a public hearing.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Cook of U.S. NRC, 510-975-0346 (office) or 707-644-2428 (home)/ CO: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ST: California IN: OIL SU:


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