NRC OKs change in emergency plan at shuttered Duke Energy plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) agreed on Wednesday that because Duke Energy Florida’s Crystal River Unit 3 nuclear plant  is being decommissioned its emergency preparedness plan can be changed.

The changes are NRC exemptions from certain regulations that ordinarily wouldn’t apply to a nuclear power plant that has completely stopped operations. As a result of the exemptions, local governments will no longer need a dedicated radiological emergency response plan approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Instead, they can rely on a comprehensive emergency response plan for potential incidents at Crystal River Unit 3, a single pressurized water reactor.

The NRC agreed with Duke’s analyses seeking the exemptions because the risk of an offsite radiological release is minimized, and accidents are fewer at a nuclear plant that has shut down operations and has removed fuel from the reactor vessel, as is the case with Crystal River Unit 3.

Crystal River Unit 3 is in Citrus County, Florida. It was shut down in September 2009, and fuel from its reactor was removed in May 2011.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) agreed on Wednesday that because Duke Energy Florida’s Crystal River Unit 3 nuclear plant  is being decommissioned its emergency preparedness plan can be changed.

The changes are NRC exemptions from certain regulations that ordinarily wouldn’t apply to a nuclear power plant that has completely stopped operations. As a result of the exemptions, local governments will no longer need a dedicated radiological emergency response plan approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Instead, they can rely on a comprehensive emergency response plan for potential incidents at Crystal River Unit 3, a single pressurized water reactor.

The NRC agreed with Duke’s analyses seeking the exemptions because the risk of an offsite radiological release is minimized, and accidents are fewer at a nuclear plant that has shut down operations and has removed fuel from the reactor vessel, as is the case with Crystal River Unit 3.

Crystal River Unit 3 is in Citrus County, Florida. It was shut down in September 2009, and fuel from its reactor was removed in May 2011.

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