Small leak at CR3 well noted

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Decommissioning organization in place

 By Pat Faherty

A leak in a spent-fuel pool at the Crystal River area nuclear plant was noted in a Nuclear Regulatory Commission report earlier this month.

An NRC update on waste confidence — the ongoing safe storage of spent nuclear fuel — by NRC Commissioner William C. Ostendorff cited a study that identified four nuclear power facilities that have experienced spent-fuel pool leakage, including Crystal River, known as CR3.

The report noted the leakage was contained within the pool collection system. Since CR3 was retired, all fuel has been removed from the reactor and stored in steel-lined pools.

“Commissioner Ostendorff is referencing a very small leak we have in the liner of the spent-fuel pool that was first discovered in the mid-1980s,” Duke Energy spokeswoman Heather Danenhower explained. “The leak has remained small with no measureable leak rate — most of the time.”

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