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A-panel reports on failure at plant in New Jersey

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Laurent Belsie / March 25, 1983


A critical equipment failure at the Salem nuclear plant in New Jersey went unnoticed because of an inadequate investigation by plant managers, utility company officials said.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has described the failures of the automatic shutdown system at Salem Unit 1 on Feb. 22 and 25 as the most significant events involving reactor safety since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. Top executives of Public Service Electric & Gas Company blamed the incidents on an inexperienced operator and their review procedure.