NRC officials cite problems at SC nuclear reactor

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials say they are disappointed in the performance of Progress Energy's South Carolina nuclear reactor near Hartsville.

Regional director Richard Croteau said Thursday that problems at the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Power Plant had gained attention at the highest levels of the agency.

Incidents last year included two fires, a faulty breaker on an emergency generator and inadequate training for workers.

Those issues led to four unplanned outages at the plant. Progress Energy vice president Robert Duncan says the company had let internal standards slip, but was taking corrective action.

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