Thursday, August 6, 2020

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Audit Plan Regarding License Amendment Request to Implement Riskinformed Extended Completion Times (L-2020-LLA-0120)

Subject:  Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Audit Plan Regarding License Amendment Request to Implement Riskinformed  Extended Completion Times (L-2020-LLA-0120)

ADAMS Accession No. ML20217L346

Oversight of Security at Decommissioning Reactors


Document Title:
OIG-17-A-09-Status of Recommendations: Audit of NRC'S Oversight of Security at Decommissioning Reactors dated August 4, 2020.

Document Type:
Memoranda

Document Date:
08/04/2020

Fire Protection During Decommissioning


Document Title:
Regulatory Analysis for DG-1370 proposed Revision 1 of Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.191, Titled, Fire Protection Program for Nuclear Power Plants During Decommissioning

Document Type: 
Fire Protection Plan
Regulatory Analysis

Document Date:
08/05/2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

NRC to Hold Webinars Seeking Public Comment on Updating Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Renewing Reactor Licenses

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-040 August 4, 2020
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200

NRC to Hold Webinars Seeking Public Comment on Updating Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Renewing Reactor Licenses
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will hear the public’s views on updating the Generic Environmental Impact Statement used by the agency when considering applications to renew operating reactor licenses.

NRC staff will consider written comments on the updated GEIS scoping process until Nov. 2, following the publication of a notice in the Federal Register. Include Docket ID NRC-2020-0175 with your comment, via the regulations.gov website. The notice includes details for participating in webinars Aug. 19 and Aug. 27, with two sessions each day from 1:30-4 p.m. and from 6:30-9 p.m. to discuss the GEIS process and gather input.

The GEIS covers environmental topics relevant to all nuclear power plant licensees seeking renewed licenses. The NRC is reviewing the document to re-evaluate potential impacts and apply what the agency has learned during previous license renewals. The agency will consider whether to modify, add to, consolidate, or delete any of the 78 environmental issues currently evaluated in the GEIS.

The NRC is particularly interested in comments in several areas, including greenhouse gas emissions, groundwater quality degradation, the impact of new reactors on existing reactor license renewals, and the consideration of small modular or advanced reactor license renewals.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

NRC Schedules Regulatory Conference with International Isotopes Inc.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: IV-20-012 July 28, 2020
Contact: Victor Dricks, 817-200-1128

NRC Schedules Regulatory Conference with International Isotopes Inc.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a regulatory teleconference on Aug. 4 with officials from International Isotopes Inc. to discuss two apparent violations of regulatory requirements identified by the NRC during an inspection.

The teleconference will begin at 9 a.m. Central Time and will be open to the public. NRC officials will be available to answer questions following the business portion of the meeting. The public will have the opportunity to listen to the meeting and ask questions via a phone bridge by calling 888-972-4310, passcode 3411918#.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss the apparent violations identified in a June 22 inspection report. They involve the licensee’s failure to properly review and approve operating procedures through their radiation safety committee prior to implementation. These procedures were used by International Isotopes when a significant contamination event occurred at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., on May 2, 2019.

The inspection was conducted at the company’s facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in February.

No decision on the final safety significance of the apparent violations or any NRC actions will be made at the meeting.

NRC Proceeding "Three Mile Island 50-320 LT"

TMI Unit 2 - Unopposed Motion of DEP.pdf

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

NRC Approves Changes to Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station Emergency Planning Requirements

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-039 July 27, 2020
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200

NRC Approves Changes to Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station Emergency Planning Requirements

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted a request to alter the emergency preparedness plan for the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Londonderry Township, Pa., to reflect the plant’s decommissioning status. Exelon Generation Co. LLC requested the change.

The change comes in the form of exemptions from NRC requirements no longer appropriate for a plant that has permanently ceased operations. These exemptions are consistent with NRC actions for other decommissioning plants. Once Exelon implements the exemptions, state and local governments may rely on their comprehensive emergency management (“all hazard”) planning for off-site emergency response should events occur at TMI, rather than having a dedicated offsite radiological emergency response plan. As a result, there will not be a 10-mile emergency planning zone as currently identified in TMI’s license. The plant will maintain an onsite emergency plan and response capabilities, including the continued notification of state government officials in the event of an emergency declaration.

The exemption request included analyses to show the exemptions are warranted. When compared to an operating power reactor, the risk of an offsite radiological release is significantly lower, and the types of possible accidents are significantly fewer, at a nuclear power reactor that has permanently ceased operations and removed fuel from the reactor vessel. The NRC staff evaluated and confirmed these analyses, along with considering comments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Based on the NRC staff’s evaluation and recommendation, the Commission today approved the exemptions. The exemptions, a safety evaluation and associated license amendments reflecting the change will be issued in the next few weeks. Under the exemptions, Exelon may not implement the change to its emergency preparedness plans until Jan. 20, 2021.

Exelon holds the operating license for TMI Unit 1, a single pressurized-water reactor that began operations in 1974. TMI Unit 1 ceased operations Sept. 20, 2019. All spent fuel has been permanently moved from the reactor vessel to the spent fuel pool for storage. The exemptions from certain emergency preparedness requirements are part of several changes to the plant’s licensing basis and technical specifications the licensee requested to reflect TMI’s decommissioning status. TMI Unit 2 has been in a non-operating status since the accident in 1979. General Public Utilities Nuclear Inc. retains the license for TMI-2 and is owned by FirstEnergy Corp. The TMI-2 defueling was completed in April 1990, and all spent fuel has been removed from the site. The U.S. Department of Energy took title and possession of the TMI-2 spent fuel and stores it at Idaho National Laboratory.