The Hope Creek nuclear power plant is facing increased oversight from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The regulatory agency yesterday announced it determined the plant’s safety-related High-Pressure Coolant Injection was inoperable for a period of more than 14 days, thereby exceeding the plant’s technical specifications.
As a result, the agency assigned the nuclear plant in Salem County a “White‘’ designation (low to moderate safety significance). That is second-lowest rating on the NRC’s so-called action matrix. It will require additional oversight by the agency.
The designation will require the owners of the plant, PSEG Nuclear, to come up with a plan to identify corrective action for the equipment and analyze why it failed, according to Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the plant.
Joseph Delmar, a spokesman for the plant, said the equipment was inoperable because a water-monitoring program was not implemented properly. The facility has implemented new procedures to correct the problem, he said.
Hope Creek is part of a three-unit nuclear complex in Lower Alloways Creek. It has a capacity of 1,176 megawatts.
The nearby Salem II nuclear unit also is under a White designation by the regulatory agency, Sheehan said.