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U. S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, REGION III

801 Warrenville Road, Lisle IL 60532

CONTACT:    Jan Strasma (630) 829-9663/e-mail: rjs2@nrc.gov
Angela Greenman (630) 829-9662/e-mail: opa3@nrc.gov

NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: RIII-99-37

June 8, 1999

NRC STAFF TO MEET WITH COMMONWEALTH EDISON OFFICIALS

TO DISCUSS PERFORMANCE AT DRESDEN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet Tuesday, June 15, with Commonwealth Edison Company officials to discuss the recent Plant Performance Review of the Dresden Nuclear Power Station. The plant is located Morris, Illinois.

The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) in the Training Building at the Dresden Nuclear Power Station, 6500 N. Dresden Road, Morris. (Dresden Road intersects Pine Bluff/Lorenzo Road east of Morris.) The meeting is open to public observation. NRC officials will be available after the meeting for questions and comments from members of the public and the news media.

[The Plant Plant Performance Review assessment of Dresden was previously covered in News Announcement RIII-99-17, issued on April 1.]

In a March 26 letter to Commonwealth Edison, which operates the plant, Geoffrey Grant, Division Director in the NRC's Region III Office, said, "Overall, performance at Dresden was acceptable."

The text of the plant performance review letter is available from the NRC Region III Office of Public Affairs and on the NRC web site at: http://www.nrc.gov/OPA/ppr/237ppr1.htm. The review covered the time period from April 1998 through January 31.

NRC reviews safety performance twice a year at every licensed nuclear power plant in the nation. These reviews give the agency staff an integrated assessment of plant performance and provide a basis for planning inspection activities.

Plant performance reviews are an interim measure NRC is using to monitor nuclear power plant safety. The agency began using it for this purpose after suspending the Systematic Assessment of License Performance (SALP) process until a new assessment program is developed. Previously, SALP reports were issued every 12 to 24 months. A new inspection and assessment program is being developed for use next year.

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