CHICAGO (AP) - A study determined that six Illinois nuclear power plants
logged hundreds of safety violations from 2000 through 2012, most of them
The Government Accounting Office report, based on Nuclear Regulatory
Commission figures, shows the number of safety violations at nuclear plants
across the country vary dramatically from region to region.
Illinois plants, with 11 reactors, had 1,118 violations, 17 of them
considered high-level. By contrast, there were 1,885 mostly low-level
violations in the Southeast region, home to 33 reactors.
The report obtained by The Associated Press says the differences suggest
regulators interpret rules and guidelines differently among regions. Exelon
spokeswoman Krista Lopykinski said she wasn’t familiar with the report.
However, she noted the utility’s plants have received good marks from the
NRC “in terms of ability to operate safely.”