Nuclear Plant Fined for Fire Watch Failure

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nuclear plant fire protectionFederal regulators have fined a nuclear plant $70k for failing to maintain a fire watch when fire protection was offline.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the penalty yesterday for the failure in the fall of 2012.  The plant did not maintain a fire watch and then tried to hide the error.  This was a Severity Level III problem.

Victor McCree said, "The potential consequences of missed fire watches concern us.  Although there are other fire protection features, fire watches are an important part of the plant's overall fire protection strategy, especially in areas where other equipment may be temporarily unavailable."

The plant is not contesting the penalty.  Since the event took place, the plant has upgraded fire protection and has implemented an improved fire watch program.

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