Friday, March 5, 2021

NRC Issues Annual Assessments for Nation’s Nuclear Plants

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 21-013 March 5, 2021
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200

NRC Issues Annual Assessments for Nation’s Nuclear Plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued annual letters to the nation’s 94 operating commercial nuclear reactors, regarding their performance in 2020.

“Ninety reactors reached the highest performance category and fully met our safety and security performance objectives,” said Acting Director of the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation Andrea Veil. “Those 90 units will receive thousands of hours of inspection under our ‘baseline’ inspection program.”

Three reactors were in the second performance category, needing to resolve one or two items of low safety significance. For this performance level, regulatory oversight includes additional inspection and follow-up of corrective actions. Plants in this category are Callaway (Missouri); Clinton (Illinois); and Surry 2 (Virginia).

The Grand Gulf reactor in Mississippi was in the third performance category with a degraded, and still acceptably safe, level of performance. For this category, regulatory oversight includes more NRC inspections, senior management attention, and oversight focused on the cause(s) of the degraded performance.

There were no reactors in the fourth performance category.

Later this spring and summer, the NRC will host a public meeting or other event for each plant to discuss the details of the annual assessment results. These meetings are expected to be held via webcast to meet local restrictions due to the public health emergency. A separate announcement will be issued for each public assessment meeting. It is likely that several meetings will be consolidated into one virtual event. In addition to the annual assessment letters, plants also will receive an NRC inspection plan for the coming year.

The NRC’s website outlines oversight of commercial nuclear power on the Reactor Oversight Process page. The NRC routinely updates each plant’s current performance and posts the latest information as it becomes available to the action matrix summary. Assessment letters are posted on our website (click on “2020q4” for each plant). Annual construction oversight assessments for new reactors at the Vogtle units 3 and 4 sites will also be on the NRC website.

Friday, February 26, 2021

NRC Proposes $75,000 Civil Penalty to California Company for Import and Distribution Violations

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 21-012 February 23, 2021
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200

NRC Proposes $75,000 Civil Penalty to California Company for Import and Distribution Violations

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $75,000 civil penalty against CampCo Inc. of Los Angeles for various violations of requirements related to importing and distributing watches containing radioactive material. An NRC Notice of Violation, issued Feb. 11, lists nine separate violations, including repeat violations.

The NRC found the company failed to comply with requirements of its license, namely importing and distributing watch models for which it was not authorized. The company also provided inaccurate information to the NRC.

These violations are similar to ones issued to CampCo in 2015. At that time, the company and the NRC negotiated a settlement, and the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order setting out certain conditions to bring the company into compliance with its license and NRC regulations. In the current action, the NRC determined that the company continued to import watch models that were not authorized under its license, continued to violate NRC reporting requirements, and failed to comply with portions of the Confirmatory Order.

CampCo Inc. holds an NRC exempt distribution license and is authorized to distribute several models of watches containing tritium, which are exempt from regulation once they are initially distributed. Retailers and consumers do not need a license to own them; however, the initial distribution must be made under an NRC license to ensure that the devices meet safety requirements.

The watches contain a small amount of tritium encapsulated in glass vials. The radioactive material ionizes a luminescent coating on the inside of the glass vial to produce light, so the markers on the watch face and hands can be seen in low light.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Issuance of Amendment Nos. 279 and 261 Re: Revise Technical Specifications to Adopt TSTF-582, "RPV WIC Enhancements" (EPID L-2020-LLA-0197) Inbox

SUBJECT:  Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Issuance of Amendment Nos. 279 and 261 Re:  Revise Technical Specifications to Adopt TSTF-582, "RPV WIC Enhancements" (EPID L-2020-LLA-0197)

ADAMS Accession No.  ML20342A237

Susquehanna Amdt 279 and 261_L-2020-LLA-0197 ML20342A237 .pdf

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Withdrawal of Interim Compensatory Measure B.1.A in EA-02-026, Order for Interim Safeguards and Security Compensatory Measures

SUBJECT:  Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Withdrawal of Interim Compensatory Measure B.1.A in EA-02-026, Order for Interim Safeguards and Security Compensatory Measures

ADAMS Accession No. ML21008A330

ML21008A330_TMI1 Recind Security Order (signed).pdf

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Peach Bottom, Units 2 and 3 - Regulatory Audit Summary, License Amendment Request to Revise Technical Specifications to Adopt TSTF-505, Revision 2, Provide Risk-Informed Extended Completion Times - RITSTF Initiative 4B" (EPID L-2020-LLA-0120)

Subject: Peach Bottom, Units 2 and 3 - Regulatory Audit Summary, License Amendment Request to Revise Technical Specifications to Adopt TSTF-505, Revision 2, Provide Risk-Informed Extended Completion Times - RITSTF Initiative 4B" (EPID L-2020-LLA-0120)

ADAMS Accession No. ML21026A289

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Summary of the January 26, 2021, Meeting with Susquehanna Nuclear Regarding a Future License Amendment Request Related to Adopting Technical Specifications Task Force Traveler TSTF-505, Revision 2

Subject: Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Summary of the January 26, 2021, Meeting with Susquehanna Nuclear Regarding a Future License Amendment Request Related to Adopting Technical Specifications Task Force Traveler TSTF-505, Revision 2

ADAMS Accession No. ML21035A184