NEW STRAWN ó Staff from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are planning a meeting this month in nearby Coffey County to discuss a safety assessment of the Wolf Creek nuclear plant near Burlington.

The public meeting with representatives of Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. is set for 7 p.m. April 18 at the New Strawn Community Center, 319 W. Getz St. In addition to the performance assessment, the nuclear groupís staff will be available to answer questions from the public on the safety performance of Wolf Creek, as well as the commissionís role in ensuring safe plant operation.

Overall, the NRC found that the Wolf Creek operated safely in 2012, according to a press release from the group. The assessment of the plantís performance included a yellow inspection finding involving the plant staffís failure to provide adequate oversight of contractors while they performed work that could affect safety-related equipment in April 2011, and a white performance indicator because of recurring problems with the plantís emergency diesel generators.

Wolf Creek receives increased oversight inspection efforts because of degraded performance in the past, the group said.