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FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant to Halt Production in 2016 or 2017

Neil Sheehan
Public Affairs Officer
Region I

The James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant has become the latest U.S. commercial power reactor to announce plans to cease operations by the end of the decade. Situated on Lake Ontario, the Scriba (Oswego County), N.Y., facility will permanently shut down either in late 2016 or early 2017, its owner, Entergy, said Monday.

fitzAs was the case with other plants that have previously disclosed shutdown plans, poor economics fostered by an abundance of low-cost natural gas was cited by the plant owner as a primary driver in the decision-making.

The NRC does not have a role in decisions made by plant owners on continued operations based on economics and other factors.

FitzPatrick, a roughly 840-megawatt boiling water reactor that came online in July 1975, joins these plants that will be closing in coming years: Pilgrim, in Plymouth, Mass., by June 1, 2019, and Oyster Creek, in Lacey Township, N.J., by Dec. 31, 2019.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, in Vernon, Vt., generated electricity for the last time in December of 2014. Entergy also owns Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee while Exelon owns Oyster Creek.

By contrast, an operating license was just granted last month to Watts Bar 2.

The NRC will continue to provide rigorous regulatory oversight of the FitzPatric facility. Our inspections will be focused on ensuring plant safety and security for the remainder of its operational life.

That oversight will include the ongoing presence of two NRC Resident Inspectors based at FitzPatrick on a full-time basis until the reactor is removed from service.

More information regarding the agency’s nuclear power plant oversight activities can be found on the NRC’s website.

18 responses to “FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant to Halt Production in 2016 or 2017

  1. Anonymous December 30, 2015 at 5:38 am

    you can follow the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant proceeding here http://www.dps.ny.gov/

  2. Nathanael November 25, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Thank goodness these plants of archaic design with aged, highly stressed materials will finally shut down. They are very dangerous, much more dangerous than newer plants. Others which should be closed ASAP include Ginna, Nine Mile Point 1 (with a record of multiple nuclear accidents), Arkansas Nuclear One 1 & 2 (one step short of mandatory shutdown on your Action Matrix), Indian Point 2 (far too close to New York City to be safe from terrorist risk), and Davis-Besse (responsible for extremely major safety violations, fined for criminally concealling evidence of damage). In fact, all reactors of obsolete pre-Three Mile Island 1970s designs should be retired soon.

    The UK has found that the vast majority of decommissioning costs stem from older reactors. The same is true in the US. These are the most shoddily designed reactors, and the most shoddily constructed, with the greatest risks.

  3. steamshovel2002 November 6, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    The black swan event is Pilgrim’s part 21 SRV bellows failure. The insanity is we assume it would leak before failure. The only reason a warning of a bellows failure in the control room is through the lessons we learned in TMI. Remember their PORV valve only showed if the solenoid was energized or not? It showed nothing if the valve was open or not. If the operators in the control room had direct indication of PORV valve flow, TMI wouldn’t have happened. Not getting a leak warning before failure such as in Pilgrim’s SRV part 21 bellows failure and the undiscoverable massive inop SRV setpoint tech specs inaccuracies in Fitz reminds me of the blindness with poorly instrumented up PORV valves just prior to TMI.
    Here in the Pilgrim’s part 21 the bellows failed without any warning. The bellows hi pressure warning. This guy was run for a full cycle in the plant. They removed it and sent it to a testing facility. Up at pressure on the stand or bringing to pressure they heard a pop. It was a bellows failure.
    I am here to tell you the quality and reliability safety component is extraordinary important in a nuclear plant. The quality of the information the control room has on the condition of components and plant processes in extraordinary important.
    Don’t even get me talking about gunslinger engineers who will tell anything you want for money?

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