A report could be available as soon as
September on how governmental inspectors at nuclear power plants can
learn a lesson from Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission established an independent task
force the first week of May to evaluate the actions of NRC resident
inspectors at the Carroll Township plant.
That's in light of the unprecedented amount of corrosion found on
the reactor head during a routine refueling outage in February.
The task force includes members of the NRC outside the Region
III, which governs Davis-Besse, according to NRC reports.
Arthur T. Howell III, a department head in the Region IV office
Texas, will head up the task force.
Representatives from the state of Ohio will have a role in the
review activities as well, according to the NRC.
The task force will assess whether the NRC's oversight process
needs to be enhanced and determine if general communications should
be enhanced, among other things.
The task force will not focus on the specific inspectors at
Davis-Besse, but rather on the oversight process as a whole, said
NRC spokesman Jan Strasma last week.
The news of the task force came last week as NRC officials were
gearing up to look at Davis-Besse operator FirstEnergy for possible
At a meeting with the NRC and FirstEnergy recently, NRC officials
said they would soon begin an investigation to see if the company
should be sanctioned for its actions -- or lackthereof.
If the NRC investigation finds the company willfully violated the
regulations or falsified information, a monetary fine could be
If technical violations are found, more inspections and meetings
to fix the problem would likely result.