Cooper Nuclear Station subject of Wednesday NRC meeting

Jun 25, 2013

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there’s no threat to public health or safety after recent assessments found “safety culture” problems at Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville.

The NRC meets Wednesday morning with Nebraska Public Power District officials about the issues at Cooper Nuclear Station. Region 4 spokeswoman Lara Uselding says the issues are what NRC calls “green” findings---those that don’t jeopardize health or public safety, but rather relate to the thoroughness of problem evaluations, decision making, and procedures.

"Safety culture is defined as those core values and behaviors that result in a commitment by management and workers to emphasize safety and detail over completing goals, such as work or projects at the site. And in the 2012 annual assessment letter, the NRC detailed findings in the areas of human performance and decision-making at the site."

Uselding says NPPD has already done a root cause analysis and identified what corrective actions need to be taken. After Wednesday’s meeting, additional assessments will be done on a quarterly basis.