Westinghouse Statement Regarding NRC News Release on AP1000(TM) Shield Building

Oct 15, 2009, 16:18 ET from Westinghouse

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. NRC has informed Westinghouse that the proposed design of the shield building for its AP1000(TM) nuclear power plant will require either additional analysis, testing or actual design modifications to ensure compliance with NRC requirements.

As a result of our understanding of the requirements, Westinghouse fully expected that the NRC would require additional analysis, testing or actual design modifications to the shield building. In fact, we had already begun to address certain portions of the design. We have fully committed the resources necessary to both quickly and definitively address the NRC's concerns, and we are confident that we will meet all applicable requirements.

Westinghouse continues to work toward our goal of receiving Design Amendment Certification from the NRC in 2011, and we continue to work to bring the first AP1000s online in the United States in the 2016 timeframe.

Additional information will be provided to the NRC and our customers in a timely manner.

SOURCE Westinghouse