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News Release -
FENOC Reviews Results of Davis-Besse Safety Culture Assessments with NRC
Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company
(FENOC) officials today reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
the results of recent surveys showing significant improvement over the past
year in the safety culture at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.
"We started assessing our organization on safety culture and safety
conscious work environment last year," said FENOC Chief Operating Officer Lew
Myers, who gave the update at the NRC's monthly 0350 panel meeting in Oak
Harbor. "Since then, a variety of surveys and assessments show that attention
to safety issues has greatly increased, and employees show a significantly
increased willingness to raise such concerns at Davis-Besse."
Myers cited results from a recent employee safety culture survey in which
99 percent of participants said they understand their responsibility for
raising safety or quality concerns.
Other survey results showed that 99 percent of the 780 employees polled
are aware of safety culture policies, know that nuclear safety is a core value
at FENOC and feel that management has made a visible commitment to safety.
Ninety-one percent of the participants believe nuclear safety policies are
continuously reinforced, 88 percent feel that employees have a questioning
attitude, and 87 percent say there is open communication at Davis-Besse and
that they feel comfortable raising issues about safety or quality.
FENOC management has taken a variety of actions to address the safety
culture issue. For example, FENOC has created a safety culture model to help
employees understand the elements of safety culture and safety conscious work
environment, instituted training and alignment sessions for employees on
nuclear safety, strengthened the Corrective Action Program, created a new
Employee Concerns Program and created the position of Director of
Organizational Development to oversee continuous improvement in this area.
Other items discussed at the meeting include the Davis-Besse Operational
Improvement Plan for the next operating cycle, which calls for initiatives in
areas such as training, work management and engineering; the mid-cycle outage,
which will focus on inspection and maintenance work on the plant's steam
generators; and remaining tasks to be done prior to restart.
FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of
FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), Akron, Ohio.
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deregulation in the electric utility industry, economic or weather conditions
affecting future sales and margins, changes in markets for energy services,
changing energy and commodity market prices, replacement power costs being
higher than anticipated or inadequately hedged, maintenance costs being higher
than anticipated, legislative and regulatory changes (including revised
environmental requirements), adverse regulatory or legal decisions and the
outcome of governmental investigations, availability and cost of capital,
inability of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station to restart (including
because of any inability to obtain a favorable final determination from the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission) in the fall of 2003, inability to accomplish or
realize anticipated benefits of strategic goals, the ability to improve
electric commodity margins and to experience growth in the distribution
business, the ability to access the public securities markets, further
investigation into the causes of the August 14, 2003 regional power outage and
the outcome, cost and other effects of present and potential legal and
administrative proceedings and claims related to that outage, a denial of or
material change to the Company's Application related to its Rate
Stabilization Plan, and other factors discussed from time to time in
FirstEnergy's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including its annual
report on Form 10-K (as amended) for the year ended December 31, 2002, its
Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2003 and under "Risk Factors" in
the Prospectus Supplement dated September 12, 2003 to the Prospectus dated
August 29, 2003 (which was part of the Registration Statement-SEC File No.
333-103865) and other similar factors. FirstEnergy expressly disclaims any
current intention to update any forward-looking statements contained in this
document as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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