Grand Gulf gets 2nd highest federal safety rating

Published 9:35 pm Thursday, April 16, 2009

Entergy Corp.’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station near Port Gibson was among 14 reactors nationwide to receive the second highest safety rating by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for 2008.

The ratings were released this week during a public meeting in Port Gibson. Eighty-six other plants received the NRC’s top rating. There are 104 reactors in the United States.

Victor Dricks, NRC spokesman, says Grand Gulf was not in the top category because of an “unusually high number of unplanned shutdowns.”

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The nuclear power plant on the Mississippi River was completed in 1985 and remains Mississippi’s only nuclear-fired steam-electric plant.