The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is convening a public meeting on March 8, 2017 on a petition to close at-risk nuclear reactors, including Millstone Unit 2, for inspection and testing of suspect Areva-Creusot Forge major components.
The NRC’s Petition Review Board will conduct the public meeting at its Rockville MD headquarters from 10 AM to 12 noon with petitioner Beyond Nuclear and co-petitioners, including the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone, regarding 18 U.S. nuclear reactors deemed at-risk of potential catastrophic failure due to a critical loss of quality control of French-manufactured reactor pressure vessels, steam generators and reactor pressurizers.
Areva identified Millstone Unit 2, which operates with a pressurizer manufactured by Areva, in an ongoing global controversy concerning a loss of control of the manufacturing process as well as quality control documentation and potentially forged, falsified or incomplete quality control reports.
Such deficiencies in the manufacturing process may weaken steel components critical to continuous nuclear operations, leaving them vulnerable to rapid tearing, fracture and catastrophic failure during operation.
In addition to Millstone, three other nuclear reactors operated by Dominion (North Anna 1 and 2 and Surry 1, all in Virginia) were identified by Areva as having potentially defective parts.
The NRC is providing a telephone bridge line for interested members of the news media to listen in to the meeting and raise questions. Contact Merrilee Banic at Merrilee.Banic@nrc.gov.