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Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant has been adhering to regulatory commitments, according to a recent regulatory audit.

Last week, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission released its audit of Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant units 1 and 2 regarding the Lusby plant’s commitment management and implementation.

Based on the results of the audit, the release states, the NRC has concluded that the power plant staff has implemented NRC commitments on a timely basis and has implemented an effective program for managing NRC commitment changes.

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said last week in an email that the NRC’s audit “found that overall, Constellation [Energy Nuclear Group] has been doing a good job of adhering to regulatory commitments.”

The NRC Office of Reactor Regulation performs the audit of the plant’s commitment management programs every three years to determine whether the licensees’ programs are consistent with the Nuclear Energy Institute’s “Guidelines for Managing NRC Commitment Changes” and that they are being implemented effectively, according to an NRC news release about the audit.

The audit consists of three major parts, including verification of the licensee’s implementation of NRC commitments that have been completed, verification of the licensee’s program for managing changes to NRC commitments and verification that all regulatory commitments reviewed were correctly applied in NRC staff licensing action reviews.

It was performed for both units Dec. 3 and 4 and reviewed a sample of commitments made to the NRC by the plant since the previous audit Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2010. Eight commitments spanning the last three years, three commitment changes that were reported to the NRC and three commitment changes that weren’t reported to the NRC all were reviewed as part of the sample.

ascott@somdnews.com