Thursday, April 20, 2017

What's nuclear energy caucus looking to achieve?

Most discussions of energy in Pennsylvania today start with natural gas.  For much of the past decade, drilling in the Marcellus Shale regions of the state has made Pennsylvania one of the nation's leading energy producers.  During his campaign for president, Donald Trump promised to bring coal back and many are still clamoring for expansion and more use of renewable energy in the state.
What doesn't get mentioned often is nuclear energy.  Which is surprising since about 35% of Pennsylvania's electricity comes from nuclear.

NRC to Hold Open House in Middletown to Discuss 2016 Performance of Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: I-17-012 April 13, 2017
Contact: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330 Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331

NRC to Hold Open House in Middletown to Discuss 2016 Performance of Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will be available to discuss the 2016 safety performance of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, operated by Exelon Generation Co., during an open house on April 20 in Middletown, Pa.

The open house will run from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Londonderry Township Municipal Building, 783 S. Geyers Church Road. NRC staff responsible for inspections of the plant, including the site- based resident inspectors, will be on hand to discuss the plant’s performance and the NRC’s oversight of the facility.

Overall, Three Mile Island Unit 1 operated safely during 2016. As of the end of last year, the plant had no inspection findings or performance indicators outside the normal band. As a result, it is currently under the NRC’s baseline level of oversight, which entails thousands of hours of inspection each year.

Under the NRC’s Reactor Oversight Process, the agency gauges plant performance through the use of color-coded inspection findings and performance indicators, which are statistical measurements of plant performance that can trigger additional oversight if exceeded. Any inspection findings or performance indicators that are greater than green (very low safety significance) trigger increased NRC oversight.

Day-to-day inspections are performed by two resident inspectors assigned to the plant. Reviews are also carried out at the site by specialist inspectors assigned to the agency’s Region I office in King of Prussia, Pa.


Reserved EnergyPath scholarships for PERC Members!


Dear Colleague:
In cooperation with the Sustainable Energy Fund, PERC is pleased to offer 25 reserved scholarships to EnergyPath 2017. This is a unique Members-Only opportunity for PERC Faculty, Staff and Students to attend this four day event on July 24th to 27th in a group from your school for a fraction of the value.

EnergyPath consists of 3 days of hands-on "Energy Camps" followed by a one day conference. More about the event can be found here... (You must first log in to PERC's website (do so at the upper right of any page) in order to access this page.)
Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Arnie Gundersen at TMIA 40th Anniversary

DARK CIRCLE: "Completely riveting" (Roger Ebert)

In this new era of sabre rattling, our "classic" film is being screened at the Roxie Cinema as part of the San Francisco Green Film Festival. Raye Fleming (second from left in photo above) will join me and co-producer Ruth Landy for the Q&A. Hope to see you! April 23rd, 12:30 pm. Tickets & info here.

PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION - DESIGN BASES ASSURANCE INSPECTION REPORT

PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION – DESIGN BASES ASSURANCE INSPECTION REPORT 05000277/2017007 AND 05000278/2017007

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Request for Withholding Information from Public Disclosure for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station

Request for Withholding Information from Public Disclosure for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 (CAC Nos. MF9289 and MF9290)
 

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

April 5 NIRS Telebriefing: Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Spring TMI, CHERNOBYL and FUKUSHIMA

Dear friend,

Arnie Gundersen of  Fairewinds Energy Education will present Spring: The Season of Nuclear Disaster--Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima. 
This will be an opportunity to learn more about three of the most disastrous nuclear accidents and their global impact: Three Mile Island (March 1979), Chernobyl (April 1986) and Fukushima (March 2011). These dates mark the beginning of catastrophic events that will impact humanity for milinea to come.    
As we move through the season that commemorates these events, join us as Arnie leads our discussion on their far-reaching effects.  
This national conversation is appropriate for newcomers unfamiliar with this history and seasoned activists alike! We will reserve plenty of time for your questions and short comments at the end of Arnie's presentation.
The telebriefing is free, but registration is required. Your confirmation email will include the dial-in number. 
We will begin promptly at 8:00pm (EDT)/7:00pm (CDT). We hope you will join in!
If you cannot attend, but would like to receive the link to the recorded telebriefing, please register. We will send a link to the telelbriefing recording to all registered participants. 
Please forward this invitation widely; there are tons of younger people who may have never heard of one or more of these nuclear disasters who have a right to know.  We need them to hear about these events, and to join the commitment to SHUT DOWN BEFORE MELTDOWN! 
Thanks for all you do!


Mary Olson
Director, NIRS Southeast Office

Friday, March 17, 2017

NRC Extends Public Involvement Opportunities for Waste Control Specialists’ Spent Fuel Storage Application


Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: 17-013 March 16, 2017
CONTACT: Maureen Conley 301-415-8200

NRC Extends Public Involvement Opportunities

for Waste Control Specialists’ Spent Fuel Storage Application

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is providing additional opportunities for the public to comment on Waste Control Specialists’ application for an interim spent nuclear fuel storage facility proposed for Andrews County, Texas.

WCS is seeking to store spent fuel received from commercial nuclear power reactors across the United States. The NRC is reviewing the WCS application along two parallel tracks – one on safety issues, the other on environmental issues. Both the safety and environmental reviews must be completed before the NRC makes a final licensing decision on the application.

The NRC will now take comments on the scope of its Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed facility through April 28. The staff will host an additional public meeting April 6 at NRC headquarters so members of the public can ask questions of NRC staff and present oral comments. The meeting will be webcast. The meeting will be held from 7-10 p.m., in the Commissioners’ Conference Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. Details on the webinar, including the call in number, are being finalized. This information will be posted on the NRCpublic meeting schedule.

Written comments on the EIS scope should refer to Docket ID NRC-2016-0231. Comments will be made publicly available and should not include identifying or personal information you do not wish to be disclosed. Comments can be filed via the federal rulemaking website; by email toWCS_CISF_EIS@nrc.gov; or by mail to Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: OWFN-12 H08, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
 



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NRC To Begin Full Certification Review of NuScale Small Modular Reactor


No: 17-012
March 15, 2017
CONTACT: Scott Burnell 301-415-8200


NRC To Begin Full Certification Review of NuScale Small Modular Reactor

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has docketed for review NuScale Power LLC’s application to certify the company’s small modular reactor design for use in the United States.
The company submitted its application Jan. 12 for the design, in which the reactor building holds 12 co-located pressurized-water reactor modules for a total output of 600 MWe. NuScale is the first company to submit a small modular reactor design for certification. SMR designs seek to meet NRC safety requirements through smaller reactor cores and passive safety features. The NRC, after completing its acceptance review, has concluded NuScale’s application is complete enough for a full design certification review. The staff soon will provide a review schedule.
The NRC’s certification process determines whether a reactor design meets U.S. safety requirements. Companies can then reference a certified design when applying for a Combined License to build and operate a reactor in the United States. The NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards provides input on design certification reviews. If issued, certifications are valid for 15 years. The NRC has most recently certified Westinghouse’s AP1000 and GE-Hitachi’s Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor designs. 

NRC Schedules Conference with FPL to Discuss Inspection Finding at St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant


No: II-17-009 March 10, 2017 CONTACT: Roger Hannah 404-997-4417
Joey Ledford 404-997-4416

NRC Schedules Conference with FPL to Discuss Inspection Finding at St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a regulatory conference with Florida Power & Light officials to discuss an NRC inspection finding related to changes made to electrical equipment that led to an August 2016 reactor trip, or unplanned shutdown, of the company’s St. Lucie Unit 1. The St. Lucie nuclear power plant is located near Jensen Beach, Fla., about 10 miles south of Fort Pierce.
The conference is scheduled for March 21 at 9:30 a.m., in the NRC’s Region II office, 245 Peachtree Center Ave. in Atlanta. It will be open to the public and the NRC staff will be available to answer any questions or provide additional information after the business portion of the conference.
The inspection finding involves a 2013 modification of electrical circuitry associated with the Unit 1 main generator. Because that modification led to the plant trip, NRC inspectors found that the workers who performed the modification had failed to properly plan and execute the work. The finding is documented in a Feb. 2 NRC inspection report.
The inspection finding has been preliminarily classified by the NRC as “white” (low-to- moderate safety significance), but no decision on the final safety significance or any possible additional NRC actions will be made at the regulatory conference. Those decisions will be made by NRC officials at a later time. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

NRC Releases Draft Regulatory Basis for Decommissioning Rule

       Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
         No: 17-010 March 10, 2017
Contact: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200

NRC Releases Draft Regulatory Basis for Decommissioning Rule

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is making publicly available a pre-publication draft regulatory basis for a future power reactor decommissioning rule.

A notice regarding the draft regulatory basis will be published in the Federal Register later this month, initiating a 90-day public comment period. The preliminary draft document is now publicly available on the NRC website to facilitate discussion during the agency’s annual Regulatory Information Conference, scheduled for March 14-16. The conference includes a March 15 technical session on power reactor decommissioning.

The NRC published an “advance notice of proposed rulemaking” on this matter in November 2015, seeking public comment on a number of areas to be considered during the rulemaking process. The rule would establish clear requirements for commercial power reactors transitioning to decommissioning. The draft regulatory basis draws upon comments submitted in response to the ANPR.

In the draft regulatory basis, the NRC staff concludes there is sufficient justification to proceed with rulemaking in the areas of emergency preparedness, physical security, decommissioning trust funds, offsite and onsite financial protection requirements and indemnity agreements, and application of the backfit rule. The staff suggests guidance, rather than rulemaking, should be used to address the role of state and local governments in the decommissioning process, the level of NRC review and approval of a licensee’s post-shutdown decommissioning activities report, and whether to revise the 60-year limit for power reactor decommissioning.


The NRC staff is seeking additional public input before making recommendations on cyber security, drug and alcohol testing, minimum staffing and training requirements for certified fuel handlers, aging management, and fatigue management. That additional input, as well as comments received on the draft document, will be considered as the staff develops the final regulatory basis, expected to be published in late 2017. That document will be used in developing a proposed rule to be provided to the Commission in the spring of 2018. The NRC staff expects to provide a draft final rule to the Commission in fall 2019.

NRC to Hold Mandatory Hearing on North Anna New Reactor Application


         Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: 17-011 March 9, 2017
CONTACT: Scott Burnell 301-415-8200

NRC to Hold Mandatory Hearing on North Anna New Reactor Application March 23 in Rockville, Md.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct a mandatory hearing March 23 on an application for a Combined License to build and operate a new reactor at the North Anna site in Virginia. This hearing marks the final step in the agency’s Part 52 reactor licensing process.

The Commission’s hearing will include testimony and exhibits from applicant Dominion Virginia Power, as well as NRC staff, on the question of whether the staff’s review adequately supports the findings necessary to issue the license. The Commission will vote later this year on whether that question has been properly answered.

The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. on March 23, in the Commission Hearing Room at NRC Headquarters, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. The hearing will be open to public observation and will be webcast. A detailed agenda and presentation slides will be available in advance on the Commission’s meeting transcript page.


The NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards independently reviewed aspects of the application that concern safety, as well as the staff’s final safety evaluation report. The committee provided the results of its review to the Commission on Nov. 15, 2016. The NRC completed itsenvironmental review and published the final impact statement for the proposed reactor in February 2010.
 



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Supplemental Information Needed for Acceptance of Requested Licensing

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 – Supplemental Information Needed for Acceptance of Requested Licensing Action Re: License Amendment Request to Revise Diesel Generator Surveillance Requirements with New Steady Stated Voltage and Frequency Limits

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Three Mile Island Unit 1 Triennial Fire Protection Inspection Report 2017-007

THREE MILE ISLAND NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION,
UNIT 1 – TRIENNIAL FIRE PROTECTION INSPECTION REPORT
 05000289/2017007
 

Download ML17065A013

Friday, March 3, 2017

Peach Bottom Annual Assessment Letter 2016-006


ANNUAL ASSESSMENT LETTER FOR PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER
STATION UNITS 2 AND 3 – REPORT NOS. 05000277/2016006 AND
05000278/2016006
 
Download ML17055B661

Three Mile Island Nuclear Station Unit 1 Annual Assessment Letter 2016-006


ANNUAL ASSESSMENT LETTER FOR THREE MILE ISLAND
NUCLEAR STATION, UNIT 1 (REPORT 05000289/2016006)
 
Download ML170058A346

SUSQUEHANNA Annual Assessment Letter Units 1 and 2 2016-006

ANNUAL ASSESSMENT LETTER FOR SUSQUEHANNA UNITS 1 AND 2
REPORT NOS. 05000387/2016006 AND 05000388/2016006
 

Download ML17055B944

Saturday, February 18, 2017

NRC Issues License to AUC LLC for

Reno Creek Uranium Recovery Facility in Wyoming

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued an operating license to AUC LLC for the Reno Creek uranium recovery facility in Campbell County, Wyo. AUC submitted the application in October 2012 for the in situ recovery facility, which uses a solution to extract uranium from underground ore, then pumps it to the surface for further processing.

The NRC’s review of the application included an environmental review published in December 2016 as a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that looked at site-specific impacts and referenced the agency’s Generic EIS for in situ recovery facilities. The NRC also published a Safety Evaluation Report, which concluded the proposed facility can, in a safe manner, operate, manage radiological and chemical hazards, protect groundwater, and eventually cleanup and decommission.


Reassignment of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Branch Chief

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Reassignment of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Branch Chief - James Danna

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

NRC FLOOD HAZARD REEVALUATION REPORT SUBMITTAL


NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION REPORT FOR THE AUDIT OF EXELON GENERATING COMPANY, LLC’S FLOOD HAZARD REEVALUATION REPORT SUBMITTAL RELATING TO THE NEAR-TERM TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATION 2.1-FLOODING FOR THREE MILE ISLAND NUCLEAR STATION, UNIT 1
 
Download ML17017A351

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Review of the Fall 2015 Steam Generator Tube Inspections


Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Review of the Fall 2015 Steam Generator Tube Inspections (CAC No. MF7739)
 
Download ML17010A020

Monday, February 6, 2017

NRC Assigns New Senior Resident Inspector to Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No. I-17-003 February 6, 2017
CONTACT: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330
Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331

NRC Assigns New Senior Resident Inspector to Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has selected Laura Micewski as the agency’s new Senior Resident Inspector at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant, in Salem Township (Luzerne County), Pa., effective Feb. 6. Micewski joins NRC Resident Inspector Travis Daun at the twin-reactor site, which is operated by Talen Energy.

“Laura Micewski is a highly trained and talented inspector who is committed to safety and the NRC’s mission of protecting people and the environment. In this new assignment, she will play
a vital role in assuring that the Susquehanna nuclear power plant continues to meet the high standards set by the agency,” said NRC Region I Administrator Dan Dorman.

Most recently, Micewski served as a reactor operations engineer in the NRC’s Office of New Reactors. She joined the NRC in its regional office in Texas as a project engineer in 2009, after 14 years as a Naval Surface Warfare Officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Each U.S. commercial nuclear plant site has at least two NRC resident inspectors. They serve as the agency’s eyes and ears at the facility, conducting inspections, monitoring significant work activities, and interacting with plant workers and the public.


The Susquehanna resident inspectors can be reached at 570-542-2134.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Three Mile Island Unit 1 REQUALIFICATION PROGRAM INSPECTION

REQUALIFICATION PROGRAM INSPECTION –
THREE MILE ISLAND NUCLEAR STATION, UNIT 1

Download ML17034A092

Peach Bottom - Requalification Program Inspection Notification Letter

Peach Bottom - Requalification Program Inspection Notification Letter

Download ML17034A466

Friday, January 20, 2017

Susquehanna Units 1 and 2-NRC Initial Operator Licensing Examination Report

SUSQUEHANNA STEAM ELECTRIC STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2 –
NRC INITIAL OPERATOR LICENSING EXAMINATION REPORT
05000387/2016301 AND 05000388/2016301

Download ML17018A264

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Letter of Concern Regarding November 21st Decision


Introduction: It is circumstantial; however, public documentation regarding the Riverstone Holdings LLC takeover of Talen Energy on more than one occasion indicated that no operational changes were included in the $14 per share buy-out deal noted above and in previous posts. Yet in less than six months, within hours of the deal and license was secured, Riverstone Holdings LLC/Talen Energy removed a $70 million capital authorization for the Montour Steam Electric Plant conversion to gas. Is this a coincidence? The Securities and Exchange Commission knew, NRC knew, the CEO knew, yet it appears that the public was misled. Is this turn of events, i.e., that which might have prompted Riverstone Holdings LLC/Talen Energy to force SUNSI security, fraudulent? Will there be other cases such as this in our near future?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Three Mile Island Unit 1 Returns to Full Power

Contact:
Ralph DeSantis
Three Mile Island Generating Station
717-948-8930 (office)
717-580-0626 (mobile)
Ralph.desantis@exeloncorp.com

for immediate release



Three Mile Island Unit 1 Returns to Full Power

     
LONDONDERRY TOWNSHIP, PA (Dec. 13, 2016) – Three Mile Island Unit 1 returned to full power at 11:46 p.m. on Dec. 12 after plant personnel successfully performed maintenance on one of several pumps that provide water to the reactor. The unit was taken off line on Thursday, Dec. 1.      

Three Mile Island is located 12 miles south of Harrisburg, Pa. in Dauphin County. The plant produces enough carbon-free electricity for more than 800,000 homes. TMI makes a significant impact on the central Pennsylvania economy, including injecting more than $60 million per year through salaries paid to employees. Join us on Twitter and You Tube.
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