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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION ADVISES OWNERS OF DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION

 HOUSTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has advised the owners of the South Texas Project that the Commission will conduct a diagnostic evaluation of the nuclear plant beginning in March, plant officials said today. Such a diagnostic evaluation typically examines the involvement of plant management and staff in ensuring safe plant operation, the effectiveness of their actions, and the root cause of any recurring performance problems.
 The two STP generating units operated well over the past year, and in fact, both set records for electrical output. However, the units have also experienced certain personnel and equipment problems that plant management has been working to correct and prevent. HL&P elected to shut the plant down last week while utility and NRC technicians reviewed problems with feedwater pumps. The units are expected to be returned to service next week following the review and an NRC briefing on the pumps.
 "We will certainly work with the NRC team in every way," commented Don Hall, Houston Lighting & Power Co. group vice president -- nuclear, who oversees the operation of the plant. "No one is more interested in finding ways to eliminate weaknesses and improve our plant operation than we are."
 The South Texas Project is located in southern Matagorda County and is owned by Houston Lighting & Power Co., Central Power and Light Co., and the cities of Austin and San Antonio. Unit 1 has been in operation since 1988, and Unit 2 since 1989.
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 /CONTACT: Glen Walker of Houston Lighting & Power, 512-972-8592/


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