The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting next week to update residents about measures taken to address recent concerns at Progress Energy's H.B. Robinson nuclear plant, located about 80 miles southeast of Charlotte.
The NRC had ranked the Robinson plant among the nation's worst-performing nuclear plants after a string of emergency shutdowns, fires and other mishaps. Last month, after more than six months of error-free performance, the NRC removed the Robinson plant from the list.
The NRC concluded that Raleigh-based Progress had made necessary improvements in safety and training, among them, replacing about a dozen executives and managers at the nuclear plant.
Within a 12-month period, the Robinson plant had experienced four unplanned shutdowns, two electrical fires and a power failure. The NRC cited the plant with more than a dozen violations of NRC rules and procedures.
However, the NRC allowed the Robinson plant to continue generating electricity, concluding that the violations were not significant enough to warrant forcing the plant to shut down.
The agency said Progress correctly identified the causes of the mishaps and violations, assessed its safety culture and implemented corrective actions to prevent similar problems from recurring.
The public meeting is scheduled for Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. in the Hartsville Public Library, 147 W. College Ave., Hartsville, S.C.
The public can also listen to the meeting by phone. To reserve a line, one is required to call 404-997-4603 the day before the meeting.