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Note to Editors: NRC Officials Available at Meeting in Waterford


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U. S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, REGION I

475 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, Pa. 19406

CONTACT: Diane Screnci (610)337-5330/ e-mail: dps@nrc.gov
Neil A. Sheehan (610)337-5331/e-mail: nas@nrc.gov

I-97-125

September 18, 1997

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials will be available prior to tonight's Nuclear Energy Advisory Council meeting in Waterford, Connecticut, to answer media questions regarding potential contamination problems at the Haddam Neck nuclear power plant. Both Millstone, located in Waterford, and Haddam Neck, in Haddam, are owned and operated by Northeast Utilities.

NRC Region I Deputy Regional Administrator William L. Axelson will be among the agency officials available at 6 p.m. at Waterford Town Hall. At 7 p.m., NEAC will hold one in a series of regular meetings to discuss the status of recovery efforts at the Millstone nuclear power plant. Mr. Axelson and the other NRC officials will be attending that session, which is open to the public.

The NEAC, whose members were appointed by the state Legislature, was established to, among other things, keep state officials and citizens apprised of safety issues relating to nuclear power plants in Connecticut.

On Tuesday, Connecticut's Governor and Attorney General held a press conference to discuss a filing by the state Department of Public Utility Control with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In the filing, a consultant hired by the DPUC stated that he had found evidence of contamination at Haddam Neck, which was permanently shutdown last December. FERC is considering testimony as it tries to determine how much money ratepayers should have to pay for Haddam Neck's decommissioning costs.

Waterford Town Hall is located on Rope Ferry Road.

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