Thursday, October 18, 2018

NRC Renews Operating Licenses for Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Units 2 and 3


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating licenses for the Indian Point nuclear power plant, Unit 2 and Unit 3, located in Buchanan, N.Y. The renewed licenses enable the licensee to operate the reactors through April 30, 2024, for Unit 2, and April 30, 2025, for Unit 3.
Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc., applied for renewal of the licenses in April 2007, seeking an additional 20 years of operation beyond the original expiration dates of 2013 and 2015. The units were authorized to continue operating under “timely renewal,” because Entergy submitted its application more than five years prior to the expiration of the original licenses.
On Jan. 8, 2017, Entergy, the state of New York, and the environmental group Riverkeeper, announced an agreement under which Entergy would permanently close the plants no later than 2024 and 2025, respectively. As part of the agreement, Entergy amended its application to seek a shorter renewal term. The NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board issued an Order on March 13, 2017, dismissing remaining contentions and closing the adjudicatory hearing on the renewal.
More information on Indian Point’s license renewal application, including the NRC staff’s safety and environmental reviews, is available on the NRC website.

Friday, September 28, 2018

A Beyond Nuclear Briefing Paper


Beyond Nuclear
6930 Carroll Avenue Suite 400
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tel. 301-270-2209

A Beyond Nuclear Briefing Paper:
The Subsequent License Renewal of Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station needs to be scientifically informed by an “autopsy” performed on decommissioning nuclear power stations of similar design to “reasonably assurance” material safety margins projected for the second license extension

The Issue
The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the lead organization for the U.S. commercial nuclear power industry, envisions the industry’s “Bridge to the Future” through a series of reactor license renewals from the original 40-year operating license; first by a 40 to 60-year extension and then a subsequent 60 to 80-year extension.  Most U.S. reactors are already operating in their first 20-year license extension and the first application for the second 20-year extension (known as the “Subsequent License Renewal”) is before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for review and approval. NEI claims that there are no technical “show stoppers” to these second license renewals. However, as aging nuclear power stations seek to extend their operations longer and longer, there are still many identified knowledge gaps for at least sixteen (16) known age-related material degradation mechanisms (embrittlement, cracking, corrosion, fatigue, etc.) that are attacking irreplaceable safety-related systems including miles of electrical cable, structures such as the concrete containment and components like the large reactor pressure vessel. For example, the national labs have identified that it is not known how radiation damage will interact with thermal aging. Material deterioration has already been responsible for near miss nuclear accidents.  As such, permanently closed and decommissioning nuclear power stations have a unique and increasingly vital role to play in providing the still missing data on the impacts and potential hazards of aging for the future safety of dramatic operating license extensions.
The NRC and national laboratories document that a post-shutdown autopsy of sorts to harvest, archive and test actual aged material samples (metal, concrete, electrical insulation and jacketing, etc.) during decommissioning provides unique and critical access to obtain the scientific data for safety reviews of the requested license extensions.  A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) 2017 report concludes, post-shutdown autopsies are necessary for “reasonable assurance that systems, structures, and components (SSCs) are able to meet their safety functions. Many of the remaining questions regarding degradation of materials will likely require [emphasis added] a combination of laboratory studies as well as other research conducted on materials sampled from plants (decommissioned or operating).” PNNL reiterates, “Where available, benchmarking can be performed using surveillance specimens. In most cases, however, benchmarking of laboratory tests will require (emphasis added) harvesting materials from reactors.” In the absence of “reasonable assurance,” it is premature for licensees to complete applications without adequate verification and validation of projected safety margins for the 60 to 80-year extension period. 
Decommissioning is not just the process for dismantling nuclear reactors and remediating radioactive contamination for site restoration. Decommissioning has an increasingly important role at the end-of-reactor-life-cycle for the scientific scrutiny of projected safety margins and potential hazards at operating reactors seeking longer and longer license extensions.                       
The Problem
After decades of commercial power operation, the nuclear industry and the NRC have done surprisingly little to strategically harvest, archive and scientifically analyze actual aged materials. Relatively few samples of real time aged materials have been shared with the NRC.  The NRC attributes the present dearth of real time aged samples to “harvesting opportunities have been limited due to few decommissioning plants.” However, ten U.S. reactors have completed decommissioning operations to date and 20 units are in the decommissioning process. More closures are scheduled to begin in Fall 2018.  A closer look raises significant concern that the nuclear industry is reluctant to provide access to decommissioning units for sampling or collectively share this cost of doing business to extend their operating licenses. Key components including severely embrittled reactor pressure vessels were promptly dismantled by utilities and buried whole without autopsy. Many permanently closed reactors have been placed in “SAFSTOR,” defueled and mothballed “cold and dark” for up to 50 years without the material sampling to determine their extent of condition and the impacts of aging. Moreover, the NRC is shying away from taking reasonable regulatory and enforcement action to acquire the requested samples for laboratory analysis after prioritizing the need for a viable license extension safety review prior to approval. Meanwhile, the nuclear industry license extension process is pressing forward. 
David Lochbaum, a recognized nuclear safety engineer in the public interest with the Union of Concerned Scientists, identifies that nuclear research on the impacts and hazards of age degradation in nuclear power stations presently relies heavily on laboratory accelerated aging---often of fresh materials---and computer simulation to predict future aging performance and potential consequences during license extension.  Lochbaum explains that “Nuclear autopsies yield insights that cannot be obtained by other means.” Researchers need to compare the results from their time-compression studies with results from tests on materials actually aged for various time periods to calibrate their analytical models. According to Lochbaum, “Predicting aging effects is like a connect-the-dots drawing. Insights from materials harvested during reactor decommissioning provide many additional dots to the dots provided from accelerated aging studies. As the number of dots increases, the clearer the true picture can be seen. The fewer the dots, the harder it is to see the true picture.
The Path Forward
1) Congress, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the NRC need to determine the nuclear industry’s fair share of autopsy costs levied through collective licensing fees for strategic harvesting during decommissioning and laboratory analysis of real time aged material samples as intended to benefit the material performance and safety margins of operating reactors seeking license extensions, and;
2) As NRC and the national laboratories define the autopsy’s stated goal as providing “reasonable assurance that systems, structures, and components (SSCs) are able to meet their safety functions” for the relicensing of other reactors, the NRC approval process for Subsequent License Renewal extensions should be held in abeyance pending completion of comprehensive strategic harvesting and conclusive analysis as requested by the agency and national laboratories, and;

3) Civil society can play a more active role in the independent oversight and public transparency of autopsies at decommissioning reactor sites such as through state legislated and authorized nuclear decommissioning citizen advisory panels. 

Link to the Beyond Nuclear Decommissioning Autopsy Whitepaper and documentation

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

DEP Announces $469,501 Settlement to Resolve Civil Penalties for United Refining Company Operating Violations

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA 
Dept. of Environmental Protection

Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
09/17/2018
CONTACT: 
Melanie Williams, DEP
814-332-6615

DEP Announces $469,501 Settlement to Resolve Civil Penalties for United Refining Company Operating Violations


Meadville, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has agreed to a $469,501 Consent Assessment of Civil Penalty with United Refining Company (URC) for violations of the Air Pollution Control Act and Title V Permit at the URC refinery in the City of Warren, Warren County. 
DEP inspections between September 16, 2014, and December 10, 2015, and continuous emission monitoring data, revealed multiple permit violations at the refinery, including:
URC failed to inspect and measure primary and secondary seal gaps for several large storage tanks;
URC failed to repair, empty, or remove from service a large storage tank after a defect had been detected;
URC failed to conduct particulate testing for several air contamination sources; and
URC exceeded emissions limits for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrogen sulfide on several occasions for multiple sources from 2010 through 2016.
“DEP is committed to enforcing the conditions of the permits we issue, and keeping Pennsylvania’s air free of excess pollution,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. 
DEP issued Notices of Violation for these permit violations. The violations were corrected by URC prior to the Consent Assessment of Civil Penalty and no further action related to these violations is required by URC.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Peach Bottom: Expanded Actions for LEFM Conditions


Subject:  Acceptance Review for Peach Bottom - License Amendment Request for Expanded Actions for LEFM Conditions (EPID L-2018-LLA-0230)
ADAMS Accession No. ML18254A204


Thursday, September 13, 2018

NRC Preparing for Hurricane Florence


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission resident inspectors at nuclear plants in the Carolinas and Virginia are reviewing the plant operators’ preparations in advance of Hurricane Florence, currently projected to make landfall in the Southeast later this week.

The NRC is also sending additional inspectors to those plants and will activate its regional incident response center in Atlanta, to provide around-the-clock staff support during the storm.

Duke Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant south of Wilmington, N.C., could face hurricane-force winds, major storm surges and heavy rain. Other plants near the storm’s projected path are also taking precautions.

Nuclear plant operators would declare an emergency if conditions are expected that would require that declaration.

Plant procedures require operators to shut down the reactor well before hurricane-force winds arrive on site. In preparing for Hurricane Florence, the staffs at Brunswick, Surry in southeastern Virginia, Harris near Raleigh, N.C., Robinson near Hartsville, S.C., and some other plants are working through their severe weather procedures, including ensuring that all loose debris and equipment have been removed or secured, and conducting walk-down inspections of important systems and equipment.

NRC inspectors are verifying that all preparations have been completed, and the plants’ emergency diesel generators are available with ample fuel if the storm affects off-site power.

The NRC has also been in touch with officials at the Global Nuclear Fuels-America facility near Wilmington, N.C., the research reactor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and other NRC licensees in the area to verify their preparations for the storm.

From the NRC Region II incident response center in Atlanta, NRC staff members will monitor Hurricane Florence while remaining in contact with plant operators, NRC on-site inspectors, the NRC’s headquarters operations center, and state emergency officials in the Carolinas, Virginia and all potentially affected states.

The additional NRC inspectors will remain at the nuclear plant sites and the incident response center will remain staffed as long as conditions require.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

NRC To Hold Meeting Seeking Public Comment on Environmental Review for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Subsequent License Renewal‌





Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet in Delta, Pa., on Sept. 25, to hear the public’s views on environmental issues the agency should consider in review of the Exelon Generation application for an additional 20 years of operation for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station
Units 2 and 3.

The NRC will hold the meeting at the Peach Bottom Inn, 6085 Delta Road in Delta, from 6-8 p.m. Staff presentations will describe the environmental review process and the proposed review schedule. A formal public comment session will follow the presentations. An NRC open house, from 5-6 p.m., will provide the public an opportunity to speak informally with agency staff.

Those preferring to register in advance to comment during the meetings should contact David Drucker at 301-415-6223 or via e-mail at david.drucker@nrc.gov by Sept. 18. Those choosing to speak may also register in person by 5:45 p.m. Individual comments could be limited based upon the time available and the number of people seeking a speaking role. Individuals with special needs for attending or presenting information at the meetings should notify the NRC by Sept. 18.

NRC staff will also consider written comments on environmental issues until Oct. 10, following the publication of a notice in the Federal Register. Please include Docket ID NRC-2018-0130 with the comment, via theregulations.gov website.

Exelon submitted the Peach Bottom subsequent license renewal application on July 10. The subsequent license renewal process determines whether an operating reactor can extend its license for an additional 20 years. Theapplication, less proprietary details, is available on the NRC website. In addition, the Harford County Public Library, 2407 Whiteford Road in Whiteford, Md., will maintain a copy of the application’s environmental report for public inspection.

Friday, September 7, 2018

NRC Resumes Review of Application for Texas Consolidated Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has resumed its safety and environmental reviews of an application by Interim Storage Partners to construct and operate a consolidated spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Andrews County, Texas.
The application was initially filed by Waste Control Specialists in 2016. The company requested the NRC suspend its review in April 2017, pending the anticipated sale of the company. WCS was sold to J.F. Lehman & Co., in January 2018. In March, WCS and Orano, an international nuclear supplier, formed Interim Storage Partners as a joint venture to take over the spent fuel storage project. The new company submitted a revised application to the NRC in June.
When NRC’s review was suspended last year, the staff was in the process of receiving public comment on the scope of its environmental review and had issued a notice of opportunity for an adjudicatory hearing. Those processes will now resume.
The staff will consider all comments previously received on the scope of the environmental review. In a notice published Sept. 4 in the Federal Register, the NRC requested additional public comment through Oct. 19 on environmental issues to be considered in its environmental impact statement. In a separate notice in the Federal Register, published Aug. 29 and corrected Aug. 31, the NRC announced an opportunity to request a hearing, through Oct. 29. The notices include detailed instructions on how to file a hearing request or submit public comment.
The NRC completed its administrative review of the revised application and informed Interim Storage Partners of its decision to resume the review in a letter dated Aug. 21, 2018. The staff expects to complete its safety, security and environmental reviews in the summer of 2020.

Friday, August 31, 2018

NRC to Conduct Special Inspection at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station


No: IV-18-013
August 24, 2018
Contact:
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

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection

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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07/27/2018

CONTACT:
Nate Wardle, DOH
717-787-1783
Neil Shader, DEP
717-787-1323


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 http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/ and click on Surveillance Maps and Tables, or call 1-877-PA HEALTH.
 
For more information on West Nile Virus, visit www.health.pa.gov or www.dep.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

NRC Makes Available for Public Review Peach Bottom’s Subsequent License Renewal Application‌

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: 18-033 July 26, 2018
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200
 

NRC Makes Available for Public Review Peach Bottom’s Subsequent License Renewal Application

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has received a subsequent license renewal application from Exelon Generation Co. LLC, which requests an additional 20 years for the already-renewed operating licenses of Peach Bottom Units 2 and 3. The application is now available for public review on the NRC website.
 
Exelon filed the application July 10, seeking to renew the licenses for a second time. The Peach Bottom units are boiling-water reactors, located approximately 18 miles south of Lancaster, Pa. The NRC approved the initial license renewal in May 2003, with Unit 2 currently licensed to operate through Aug. 8, 2033, and Unit 3 through July 2, 2034.
 
The NRC staff is reviewing the application to determine if it has sufficient information to complete the agency’s extensive safety and environmental reviews. If the application is determined to be complete, the staff will docket it and publish a notice of opportunity to request an adjudicatory hearing before the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.
 
Information about the license renewal process is available on the NRC website. A copy of the Peach Bottom subsequent license renewal application will be available at the Harford County Public Library, 2407 Whiteford Road, in Whiteford, Md.

Exelon Generation headquarters mulling move from Kennett Square

From Chester County Press:

In what can best be called a “kicking the tires” phase, Exelon Generation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., is in the early stages of exploring the option of moving its Kennett Square headquarters, where 700 employees work in two buildings, located at 200 and 300 Exelon Way.
An official statement from the subsidiary, provided to the Chester County Press by David Tillman, director of nuclear communications, reads:
“As part of our cost saving efforts, Exelon Generation’s real estate and facilities team is currently exploring location options for our Kennett Square headquarters.  While our lease doesn’t expire until late 2020, we are being proactive and expect to have a decision by the end of this year.”

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ANS Nuclear Policy Wire 7/24

From ANS Nuclear Policy Wire 7/24:

Last night, House and Senate members released the conference report on the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Included is language that will allow the Secretary of Energy to delegate approval authority for low-risk civil nuclear exports.

While the provision does not apply to China, which represents the bulk of the current international market, it is nonetheless a small but important step in streamlining the current export approval process.

A big thanks to ANS members who weighed in with their House members to support the Society's campaign on this issue.

The House will vote on the conferenced language on Thursday; the Senate will follow shortly after.

NRC Names New Director of the Agency’s Office of Investigations

       Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: 18-032 July 23, 2018
CONTACT: Office of Public Affairs, 301-415-8200

NRC Names New Director of the Agency’s Office of Investigations

Edward “Andy” Shuttleworth has been selected as the new director of the agency’s Office of Investigations.

Shuttleworth most recently served as Acting Assistant Director for Intelligence at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security Investigations. He has held a number of leadership positions within HSI, including Deputy Assistant Director for Intelligence Operations; Director, DHS’s Human Smuggling Cell; Unit Chief, Intellectual Property Crimes Unit at the National Intellectual Property Rights Center; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Laredo, Texas.

“We are pleased to welcome Andy to our team,” said NRC’s Executive Director for Operations Margaret Doane. “He brings more than 30 years of law enforcement experience to the NRC, and will play a key role in upholding the agency’s mission of public health and safety.”

The Office of Investigations develops policy, procedures, and standards for conducting all NRC investigations of alleged wrongdoing by licensees and other entities. OI conducts and supervises investigations within the scope of NRC authority except those of NRC employees and contractors. OI maintains liaison with other agencies and organizations to ensure the timely exchange of information and makes appropriate referrals to the Department of Justice for prosecution of criminal violations.

Shuttleworth holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University, Troy, Ala.

Peach Bottom: Information Request Re: Adopt 50.69 License Amendment

Peach Bottom Units 2 and 3 - Request for Additional Information 2nd Round (FINAL) - Adopt 50.69 License  Amendment (EPID L-2017-LLA-0281)

ADAMS Accession:  ML18200A274

NRC Announces Hearing Opportunity on Holtec Application For Proposed New Mexico Spent Fuel Storage Facility‌

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: 18-031 July 18, 2018
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200

NRC Announces Hearing Opportunity on Holtec Application For Proposed New Mexico Spent Fuel Storage Facility

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced an opportunity for the public to request an adjudicatory hearing on Holtec International’s application for a license to construct and operate a consolidated interim storage facility for commercial spent nuclear fuel in Lea County, N.M.

The announcement, published July 16 in the Federal Register, describes the requirements and procedures for filing a request for a hearing and petition to intervene. The deadline for requests is Sept. 14.

Holtec submitted its application March 30, 2017. The company intends initially to store 500 canisters holding approximately 8,680 metric tons of spent fuel, and eventually to store up to
10,000 canisters at a dry cask storage facility located about halfway between Carlsbad and Hobbs, N.M. The NRC formally docketed the application Feb. 28, and published a Federal Register notice March 30, initiating its environmental review. The period for submitting public comments on the scope of the environmental review closes July 30.

If granted, a hearing would be held before three administrative judges appointed from the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel. Hearing contentions may raise issues of law or fact with Holtec’s application.

TMI, Peach Bottom, etc: ASME Code Cases N-878, N-879, and N-880

Braidwood Station, Units 1 and 2; Byron Station, Unit Nos. 1 and 2; Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2; Clinton Power Station, Unit No. 1; Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Units 2 and 3; James Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant; LaSalle County Station, Units 1 and 2; Limerick Generating Station, Units 1 and 2; Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, Units 1 and 2; Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3; Quad Cities Nuclear Power Station, Units 1 and 2; R. E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant; and Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 – Supplemental Information Needed for Acceptance of Requests to Use ASME Code Cases N-878, N-879, and N-880

ADAMS Accession No. ML18186A545

Monday, July 30, 2018

Limerick, Peach Bottom: Environmental Assessment Re: Ammendment to Change Emergency Plan

Limerick Generating Station, Units 1 and 2, and Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 1, 2, and 3-Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact Regarding License Amendment Request to Change Emergency Plan Staffing (EPID L-2018-LLA-0150)

ADAMS Accession No. ML18172A215

Exelon Request to Revise Average Power Range Monitor Requirements

2018/07/11 NRR E-mail Capture - Exelon Fleet License Amendment Request to Revise Average Power Range Monitor Requirements (EPID L-2018-LLA-0167)

ADAMS Accession No. ML18192B622

Peach Bottom: License Ammendment

Subject: Peach Bottom Units 2 and 3 - Request for Additional Information 2nd Round (FINAL) - Adopt 50.69 License Amendment (EPID L-2017-LLA-0281)

ADAMS Accession No. ML18192A119

Peach Bottom: Reevaluated Seismic Hazard Implementing Near-Term Task Force Recommendation

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 – Staff Review of Spent Fuel Pool Evaluation Associated with Reevaluated Seismic Hazard Implementing Near-Term Task Force Recommendation 2.1 : Seismic

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Peach Bottom: Acceptance Review Re SRV/SV

Acceptance Review for Peach Bottom - License Amendment Request for TS Changes related to SRV/SV  Availability (EPID L-2018-LLA-0151)

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Susquehanna: Ammendment Re: Secondary Containment Surveillance Requirements

Susquehanna, Units 1 and 2 - Issuance of Amendment Nos. 270 and 252, Adoption of Technical Specification Task Force (TSTF) Traveler TSTF-551, Revision 3, "Revise Secondary Containment Surveillance Requirements" (EPID L-2017-LLA-0410)

ADAMS Accession No. ML18150A281

TMI: Biennial Problem Identification & Resolution Report

THREE MILE ISLAND STATION UNIT 1 – BIENNIAL PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION
AND RESOLUTION INSPECTION REPORT 05000289/2018012

ADAMS Accession No.  ML18178A047

Peach Bottom: 1-Time Change Susepending EDG Surveillance Requirements

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3-Issuance of Amendment Nos. 318 & 321 to Revise Technical Specifications 3.8.1 and 3.8.3, One-Time Change Suspending EDG Surveillance Test Completion Requirements (EMERGENCY SITUATION)(EPID L-2018-LLA-0173)

ADAMS Accession No. ML18173A042

Friday, June 22, 2018

NRC Begins Special Inspection at Clinton Nuclear Plant

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: III-18-022 June 21, 2018
Contact: Viktoria Mitlyng, 630-829-9662 Prema Chandrathil, 630-829-9663

NRC Begins Special Inspection at Clinton Nuclear Plant


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has launched a Special Inspection at the Clinton nuclear power plant to review the circumstances surrounding the inoperability of the emergency diesel generators for approximately three days during a recent refueling outage. The inspection began Wednesday.

The three-member team will review the sequence of events, and the licensee’s root cause analysis, determine the probable causes, evaluate Exelon’s compliance to shutdown procedures, and assess the corrective actions to address the inoperability. The team will spend time both on and off site. After the inspection, a report documenting the team’s findings will be issued and made publicly available.

The single-unit plant is operated by Exelon Generation Co., and is located in Clinton, Ill., about 23 miles southeast of Bloomington.

Per NRC regulations, at least one emergency diesel generator must be operable during a refueling outage. Emergency diesel generators are safety-related systems designed to provide power to the site if there is a loss of offsite power.

During the May outage, plant workers removed each emergency diesel generator from service one at a time to perform maintenance activities. However, as they were working on the second diesel, a plant worker discovered that the first diesel was not completely restored to an operable status. Once the issue was identified, workers took immediate action to restore one diesel generator to operable service as required per regulations.

TMI: Unit 2 Inspection Report

Inspection Report, Three Mile Island, Unit 2
 
ADAMS Accession No. ML18144A397

TMI: Unit 1 Problem Identification and Resolution Cyber Security Inspection Report


THREE MILE ISLAND NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION, UNIT 1 PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION AND RESOLUTION CYBER SECURITY INSPECTION REPORT 05000289/2017405
ADAMS Accession No.  ML17338A056


TMI: Integrated Inspection Report

THREE MILE ISLAND STATION, UNIT 1 – INTEGRATED INSPECTION REPORT 5000289/2017003

ADAMS ACCESSION NO.  ML17299A150

TMI: Unit 1 Deisgn Bases Assurance Inspection Report


THREE MILE ISLAND NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION – UNIT 1 DESIGN BASES ASSURANCE INSPECTION (TEAM) REPORT 05000289/2018010
ADAMS ACCESSION NO.   ML18122A085