Federal nuclear regulators and Progress Energy officials said Thursday they were disappointed with last year's performance at the company's reactor in north-central South Carolina.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public hearing to discuss issues at the H.B. Robinson plant that drew a larger-than-usual crowd, in part because of the problems at Robinson last year and the Japanese nuclear facilities swamped by a tsunami and earthquake this month.
"This has gotten attention at the highest levels of the NRC," agency division director Richard Croteau told company executives during the meeting. "We were disappointed with the regulatory performance at H.B. Robinson last year."
Incidents last year included two fires, a faulty breaker on an emergency generator and inadequate procedures and training for plant operators. Those issues led to four unplanned outages.
"We found we had let our internal standards slip over time," said Robert Duncan, Progress Energy vice president for the Robinson plant.