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THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said yesterday that it has removed the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant from its "watch list" of plants requiring extra regulatory oversight.

Calvert Cliffs, owned by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., was put on the list in December 1988, largely because of a management philosophy that emphasized production over safety, according to NRC reports.

The Southern Maryland plant has "continued to improve performance in all previously identified problem areas and has demonstrated a sustained period of safe operations," according to a letter from the NRC to BG&E; Chairman George McGowan.

When it opened in the mid-1970s, Calvert Cliffs was one of the safest and most up-to-date nuclear power plants in the country. But its safety record and physical condition began to decline because managers neglected to make improvements that were being implemented at most nuclear power plants in the country, said a plant spokesman.

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