Thursday, January 06, 2005
Palo Verde probe nets 4 safety violations: "Arizona Public Service Co. faces possible fines and heightened scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which said the power company failed to properly maintain a key safety system at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. The results of a four-month-long investigation, released Wednesday, cited four safety violations related to the emergency cooling systems for three nuclear reactors at the plant, which is west of Phoenix and operated by APS. The NRC noted that the violations have been corrected and do not represent a current safety concern. advertisement APS said its own tests have found the condition of the backup cooling system did not pose a significant safety risk. The utility will present its case at a hearing, Jan. 27, at the NRC's regional headquarters in Arlington, Texas. 'We have test data in hand and we believe that data will mitigate the NRC's findings,' APS spokesman Jim McDonald said. "