Certain Nuke Plants to Get a Pass on Testing

     WASHINGTON (CN) – Certain nuclear plants may be allowed to skip inservice testing and inspection due to impracticality, hardship or unusual difficulty, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in an issue statement.
     The NRC requests public comment on the draft document, which the agency says addresses the amount of specificity needed for the NRC to make decisions without asking for further information.
     When making a decision on a request for relief, the NRC staff assesses the limitations of the examination or testing, evaluates the susceptibility to known degradation, mechanisms or failure modes, the consequences of a failure at the location where the test or examination is impractical, and if any other inspections or tests should be implemented to compensate for the impracticality, according to the statement.
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