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Oconee Nuclear Plant Racks Up 177 Safety Violations Since 2000

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Oconee Nuclear Station earns 177 safety violations. Oconee Nuclear Station earns 177 safety violations.
SENECA, SC - The Oconee Nuclear Station racked up 177 violations since 2000 according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission rates violations of a color coded scale.

According to the NRC website:

 Red High safety or security significance as determined by a risk analysis. Red indicates a decline in licensee performance that is associated with unacceptable loss of safety margin. Sufficient safety margin still exists to prevent undue risk to public health and safety.
 Yellow  Lesser safety or security significance than red as determined by a risk analysis. Yellow indicates a decline in licensee performance that is still acceptable with key objectives met, but with significant reduction in safety margin.
 White  Lesser safety or security significance than yellow as determined by a risk analysis. White indicates an acceptable level of performance by the licensee, but outside the nominal risk range.  key objectives are met with minimal reduction in safety margin.
 Green  Lesser safety or security significance than white as determined by a risk analysis. Green indicates an acceptable level of performance by the licensee and key objectives are fully met with nominal risk and deviation.


B.J. Gatten, a spokesperson for Duke Energy which operates the nuclear plant, said the violations are below the national average on a "per reactor" basis.  Oconee has more violations than any other facility in the southeast since 2000 but is one of only three facilities in the nation to have three reactors.

Of the Oconee violations, 163 were "Green", 12 were "white" and 2 were "yellow".

Gatten said none of the violations represented any threat to the public.  She also said one of the "yellow" violations was based on an old design and is no longer relevant.

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