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Wolf Creek Deemed Safe, But Still Under Scrutiny

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the Wolf Creek nuclear plant operated safely last year.

But the only nuclear power plant in Kansas remains under heightened scrutiny because of a series of problems. Wolf Creek was shut down for more than two months in 2012 after a transformer failed.

The NRC says that was because the plant didn’t properly supervise contractors working on the equipment.

At a public meeting hosted by the NRC on Thursday, Wolf Creek President and CEO Matt Sunseri outlined steps the plant has taken to improve safety and reliability.

The NRC’s Kriss Kennedy is encouraged.

“From what I saw today, there have been changes both in the safety culture areas as well as the plant hardware area," says Kennedy. "And we look forward to giving those a really in-depth, thorough scrub during our inspection, possibly in June."

Sunseri is hopeful that the changes will be enough to persuade the NRC to return Wolf Creek to the normal level of supervision.