US regulators cite Millstone nuclear plant over pump change

Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — The parent company of Connecticut’s nuclear plant and federal regulators have reached a settlement over the plant operator’s decision, without regulatory approval, to halt the use of a safety-related pump in the event of a severe accident.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday cited a “willful violation” for changes by Dominion Resources Inc. without a license amendment at its Millstone Unit 2 plant in Waterford.

Ken Holt, a Millstone spokesman, said Dominion does not agree that the violation was deliberate.

Dominion agreed to change plant procedures governing the operation and testing of the charging pumps and provide complete and accurate information.

Regulators said they became aware in September 2011 that Dominion submitted requests for approval of changes to the Unit 2 operating license that were incomplete and inaccurate.
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