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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-99-17

March 4, 1999

NRC, HADDAM NECK STAFF TO DISCUSS PLANT DECOMMISSIONING WORK

Staff from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 10, to discuss decommissioning work at the Haddam Neck nuclear power plant in Haddam, Conn. Connecticut Yankee, which operated the plant, announced in December 1996 that it was permanently ceasing operation of the facility.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the Public Meeting Room at the NRC Region I office in King of Prussia, Pa.

Specifically, there will be a discussion of the plant's status and how the company will make the transition from having its own staff handle the decommissioning work to having a contractor perform those tasks. Connecticut Yankee has received two bids from engineering firms to carry out the remainder of the work, expected to continue through 2002. A contract for managing decommissioning activities is expected to be awarded by early summer.

Connecticut Yankee is exercising the DECON option for the decommissioning of Haddam Neck, a pressurized-water reactor that began operating in 1968. DECON is the alternative under which the equipment, structures and portions of the plant and site containing radioactive contaminants are removed or decontaminated to a level that permits the property to be released for unrestricted use shortly after operations cease.

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