Friday, August 31, 2018

NRC to Conduct Special Inspection at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

No: IV-18-013
August 24, 2018
Victor Dricks, 817-200-1128

NRC to Conduct Special Inspection at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct a Special Inspection at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to review events surrounding an Aug. 3, 2018, fuel-loading incident. The San Clemente, Calif., plant, is owned by Southern California Edison and permanently shut down in 2013.
NRC is sending a team to evaluate an incident in which a loaded fuel storage canister became stuck while being lowered into an underground storage vault. The charter authorizing the Special Inspection is available on the NRC website. Edison officials have told NRC they have stopped moving fuel into the storage vaults until NRC completes its review of the incident.
The NRC team is scheduled to begin the inspection on Sept. 10, and will spend about a week on site evaluating the licensee’s cause analysis and the adequacy of corrective actions. An inspection report documenting the team’s findings will be publicly available within 45 days of the end of the inspection.

Peach Bottom: Relief Request I5R-06

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Request for Additional Information - Relief Request I5R-06   (EPID L-2017-LLR-0059)

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Peach Bottom: Relief Request I5R-05

Subject:  Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Request for Additional Information - Relief Request I5R-05 (EPID L-2018-LLR-0058)

ADAMS Accession No. ML18226A201

NRC says manufacturing flaws 'negligible', plant shutdowns not necessary

In its petition to the NRC, Beyond Nuclear cited the potential defects in nuclear reactor components manufactured by AREVA-Le Creusot Forge (ACF). The defects involve flaws in the steel manufacturing process that result in carbon macrosegregation, a condition marked by excess carbon that can make the metal brittle and subject to sudden fracture or tearing under high pressure.
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Susquehanna: Inspection Report

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station - Integrated Inspection Report 05000387/2018002 and 05000388/2018002

ADAMS Accession No.  ML18221A500

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

TMI, Peach Bottom: Staff Qualification Requirements Ammendments

Braidwood, Byron, Calvert Cliffs, Clinton, Dresden, FitzPatrick, LaSalle, Limerick, Nine Mile, Peach Bottom, Quad Cities, Ginna, Three Mile Island - Issuance Of Amendments to Relocate the Staff Qualification Requirements (EPID L-2018-LLA-0053)

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Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection Report First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania in 2018

Dept. of Environmental Protection

Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120


Nate Wardle, DOH
Neil Shader, DEP

Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection Report First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania in 2018
Pennsylvanians Reminded to Take Steps to Avoid Infection

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2018 has been detected in an Allegheny County resident. Samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. The Departments of Health and Environmental Protection strongly recommend that all residents minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.
“Detecting the first human case of West Nile Virus this year serves as a great reminder for Pennsylvanians to take the proper precautions when they are outside or near areas where mosquitoes are prevalent,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “With our recent heavy rains, Pennsylvanians may see an increase in mosquito activity. There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito-related diseases.”
Although mosquitoes can bite at any time of the day or night, the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active at dawn and dusk. When outdoors, people can avoid mosquito bites by properly and consistently using DEET-containing insect repellants and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing. To keep mosquitoes from entering a home, make sure window and door screens are in place and are in good condition.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts regular surveillance and control to manage mosquito populations around the state. So far, DEP has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in 48 counties.
“Today’s announcement reminds all Pennsylvanians to be vigilant and take precautions to protect against mosquito bites. Using a personal insect repellant or staying indoors during dawn and dusk will help prevent exposure to mosquitoes,” said Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP monitors mosquito populations across Pennsylvania for the presence of disease.”
The mosquitoes that transmit WNV breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. These areas can include urban catch basins, clogged gutters, discarded tires, poorly maintained swimming pools, flower pots and other types of plastic containers.
Simple steps to eliminate standing water around the home include:
Remove tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object that could collect standing water. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.
Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
Do not let water stagnate in birdbaths.
Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with fish.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and remove standing water from pool covers.
Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
Treat standing water that cannot be eliminated with Bti products which are sold at outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. Bti is a natural product that kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.
DEP will continue to survey affected communities to monitor mosquito activity and WNV. DEP biologists have initiated a survey of the mosquito population to determine the risk for further human illness. If necessary, adult mosquito populations will be reduced. These efforts will continue through October.
For a fact sheet on WNV, including symptoms, please click on the Department of Health’s West Nile Virus Fact Sheet.
For more information, including current WNV test results for mosquitoes, birds and horses, visit and click on Surveillance Maps and Tables, or call 1-877-PA HEALTH.
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