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NRC Lifts Restrictions on Radiological Work at Haddam Neck


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I-98-51

May 5, 1998

NRC LIFTS RESTRICTIONS ON RADIOLOGICAL WORK AT HADDAM NECK

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has lifted its restrictions on the conduct of radiological work at the Haddam Neck nuclear power plant in Haddam, Conn.

Based on numerous inspections of the radiological controls program, the NRC staff has found that all of the commitments listed in a confirmatory action letter the NRC sent to Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company in March 1997 have been met. In addition, the NRC -- after reviewing the company's performance during the repair of the plant refueling water storage tank and removal of a section of piping --found that the organization can effectively implement its radiation protection program and safely conduct significant radiological work.

Under the terms of the March 1997 confirmatory action letter, the company agreed to conduct only radiological work essential to the safe maintenance of the facility and to implement certain compensatory measures. Because of improvements that had been noted, the NRC staff modified some of those restrictions last November.

A letter sent to the company today removes any remaining restrictions and allows the company to resume performing major radiological work.

NOTE TO EDITORS: copies of the letter are available on the NRC's home page (http://www.nrc.gov/OPA/reports) or from this office.

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