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OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, REGION I

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

I-99-10

February 1, 1999

NRC TO MEET WITH THE PUBLIC ON FEBRUARY 9 REGARDING DECOMMISSIONING OF MILLSTONE 1 NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with the public regarding the decommissioning of the permanently shut-down Millstone 1 nuclear power plant at a meeting on Tuesday, February 9. Northeast Utilities owns the plant, which is located in Waterford, Conn.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Waterford Town Hall, 15 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford. Waterford First Selectman Tony Sheridan will serve as the facilitator.

NRC staff will provide details on agency oversight of the decommissioning process for the plant, while representatives of Northeast Utilities will discuss the facility's status and decommissioning program. Following those presentations, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and offer comments relating to the plant's decommissioning.

Millstone 1, a boiling-water reactor which began commercial operation in March 1971, last produced power in November 1995. Last July, Northeast Utilities announced that based on the results of an economic feasibility study, it had decided to permanently close the facility. The company said it plans to continue to operate the two other reactors on site, Millstone 2 and 3.

Under NRC regulations, Northeast Utilities must submit, within two years from the time shutdown is announced, a Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report. The report would outline plans for terminating the facility, including the method of decommissioning, and cleaning up the site. The company has not yet submitted that report.

Northeast Utilities has 60 years to complete the decommissioning activities and terminate its license. In addition, the regulations require the company to periodically update its plans for decommissioning.


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