Nuclear Regulatory Commission charges Ginna power plant with ignorning flood risk

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February 20, 2014

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a citation to the owners of the Ginna nuclear power plant in Wayne County.

The NRC cited the plant for failing to address a long-standing flood risk.

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan says an improperly sealed manhole was a flaw in the plant’s flood protection and should have been addressed 30 years ago.

“While this certainly was not a risk of something that would happen with any kind of regularity, there was a possibility that with severe flooding that this could become an issue," says Sheehan. "And, as we’ve seen in recent years, we are seeing storms of greater intensity.”

Plant owner Constellation Energy says the issue has since been addressed.