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NRC staff to discuss North Anna safety performance

The agency will go over its annual assessmentand take questions during an information session May 1 at Louisa County Middle School. The session, which includes a Q&A session after the presentation,  runs from 5-7 p.m. “During 2011, our inspectors spent many hours ensuring that the North Anna plant met NRC safety requirements and protected both people living near the plant and the environment,” NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree said in a press release.

Inspectors, he said, also looked at whether there were immediate safety concerns at North Anna and other U.S. plants after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last March that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The NRC conducted separate reviews after a magnitude-5.8 earthquake stuck near Mineral last Aug. 23. North Anna, on the Louisa County shore of Lake Anna,was  about a dozen miles from the epicenter. Meanwhile, the NRC is  reviewing a gasket failure in an emergency generator shortly after last summer’s quake. The generator developed a coolant leak and had to be replaced by a backup. NRC staff met with Dominion Power on Friday in Atlanta to discuss that apparent violation of plant technical specifications.