Friday, June 1, 2018

Senate confirms Caputo, Wright, Baran as NRC commissioners

The U.S. Senate confirmed Annie Caputo and David Wright to serve as commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and reconfirmed Jeffrey Baran to serve a second term as commissioner, with unanimous consent on Thursday.

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advanced Caputo and Wright’s nominations in June 2017 and Baran’s nomination in October. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the chairman of the committee, applauded the confirmation votes on Thursday.

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ANS Nuclear Policy Wire 5/25


The Yeas Have It

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed their FY 2019 Energy & Water appropriations bill yesterday, which includes $1.2 billion appropriated for the Office of Nuclear Energy, a $1 million increase from FY 2018. The report is available here
In comparison, the House's bill includes $1.35 billion appropriated for the Office of Nuclear Energy, a $141 million increase from FY 2018. The next step for each bill will be floor consideration. 


Three Mile Island’s future looks bleaker as it fails at power auction

The future of Exelon’s unprofitable Three Mile Island nuclear power plant looks even bleaker after company said today it failed at an annual auction for the future sale of its electricity.
In addition to TMI, Exelon’s Dresden and Byron plants (both in Illinois) did not clear in the 2021-2022 auction to supply the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regional power grid, known as PJM Interconnection.
Failing to clear the auction means the plants are not able to produce power at a price the market is willing to pay. Exelon says TMI has been unprofitable for six years.

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NRC, FERC Commissioners Schedule Joint Meeting to Discuss Grid Reliability, Reactor Issues‌

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: 18-021 May 24, 2018
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200

NRC, FERC Commissioners Schedule Joint Meeting to Discuss Grid Reliability, Reactor Issues

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a joint meeting Thursday, June 7, at FERC headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The meeting, to be held at 888 First St., NE, in Washington, will begin at 9 a.m., and end at approximately 11:15 a.m. Staff members from both agencies and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation will brief NRC and FERC Commissioners on topics to include grid reliability, operating reactor issues, reactor decommissioning, new reactor construction, small modular and advanced reactor activities, and cybersecurity.
FERC encourages those planning to attend to allow enough time for security screening in advance of the meeting. The meeting will also be available via webcast.

NRC Oversight Workshop to Focus on Vendor Inspection Activities


Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: 18-020 May 24, 2018
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200

NRC Oversight Workshop to Focus on Vendor Inspection Activities

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is hosting its sixth Workshop on Vendor Oversight on June 14 in Cleveland.

The workshop, which is open to the public, will run from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square. Workshop presenters will include representatives from the NRC, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Edison Welding Institute, Luminant Power, Paragon Energy Solutions and Westinghouse.

The NRC encourages those interested in attending the workshop to pre-register by June 1 before 1 p.m. Individuals needing reasonable accommodations to participate in the workshop should contact Nicholas Savwoir by June 11, via e-mail at Nicholas.Savwoir@nrc.gov or via phone at (301) 415-0256.

The NRC staff expects the workshop will bring together members of the public, licensees, applicants, industry organizations, and vendors of safety-related parts, materials, and services. Workshop sessions will cover topics including counterfeit, fraudulent, or suspect items; supplier oversight challenges; commercial-grade dedication; reverse engineering; additive manufacturing (e.g., 3D printing); and safety culture. NRC staff will be available at the end of each workshop session for additional discussions.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Susquehanna: Cyber-Security Inspection

SUSQUEHANNA STEAM ELECTRIC STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2 INFORMATION REQUEST FOR THE CYBER-SECURITY INSPECTION NOTIFICATION TO PERFORM INSPECTION 05000387/2018403 AND 05000388/2018403

ADAMS ACCESSION NO. ML18136A614

NRC to Hold Open House to Discuss Peach Bottom Power Plant 2017 Safety Performance


Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will discuss the 2017 safety performance of the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant, operated by Exelon, during an open house on May 24 in Holtwood, Pa. The open house, which will be held at the Muddy Run Visitor Center, 172 Bethesda Church Road West, will held 5:30-7 p.m. NRC staff responsible for inspections, including the resident inspectors assigned to Peach Bottom on a full-time basis, will be available to discuss the plant’s performance.
Peach Bottom operated safely during 2017. At the end of last year, all inspection findings and performance indicators for the plant were green, or of very low safety significance. As a result, the plant will receive the normal level of oversight in 2018, which entails thousands of hours of inspection each year.
The NRC Reactor Oversight Process uses color-coded inspection findings and indicators to describe plant performance. The colors start at green and increase to white, yellow or red, commensurate with the safety significance of the issues involved. Inspection findings or performance indicators with more than very low safety significance trigger increased NRC oversight.
Inspections are performed by two NRC resident inspectors and inspection specialists from the agency’s Region I Office in King of Prussia, Pa.
The annual assessment letter, as well as the notice for the open house, are available on the NRC website. Current plant performance information for Peach Bottom Unit 2 and Unit 3 is also available.

Letter to Power Reactor Licensees: 2017 Decomissioning Funding

Letter to Power Reactor Licensees - U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Analysis of Licensees' 2017 Decommissioning Funding Status Reports.

ADAMS Accession No. ML18122A001

Subsidies for Uneconomic Power Plants Wrong Choice, Broad Energy Coalition Opposes Federal Action Based on Faulty Factual and Legal Premise

Subsidies for Uneconomic Power Plants Wrong Choice, Broad Energy Coalition Opposes Federal Action Based on Faulty Factual and Legal Premise 
Natural Gas-Renewables-Power-Efficiency Groups Submit Legal Analysis Showing No ‘Emergency’ Justifying Action Under Existing Federal Authorities, Inappropriate to Long-term Market Support of Uneconomic Power Plants 
Washington, D.C., May 8, 2018 – An unusual coalition representing natural gas, power, renewable energy and energy efficiency industry associations submitted a legal analysis to the Department of Energy (DOE) late Monday opposing federal use of emergency authority to provide a long-term subsidy for aging and uneconomic power plants that would otherwise retire. Such federal action is under consideration following a request from FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), an owner of power plants now in bankruptcy proceedings.
The industry groups’ legal analysis notes that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently rejected a similar proposal from DOE and initiated a broader review of electric power system “resilience” to determine whether any change in market rules is needed. FES has since petitioned DOE to use its emergency powers under Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act to prevent the company’s power plants from closing, and others have pointed to even more obscure statutory provisions to seek similar action.
The analysis refutes that an “emergency” exists requiring the use of emergency authorities, pointing out that none of the referenced emergency authorities appropriately apply to the requested relief for power plants whose retirements do not threaten the reliability of electric power.
The legal analysis makes the following key points:
  1. The orderly retirement of inefficient, aging power plants in 2020 and 2021 does not constitute an emergency. “FirstEnergy’s claim that an emergency exists rests entirely on the observation that some coal and nuclear plants – most importantly those owned by FirstEnergy – are losing money and are therefore likely to retire in the coming years. That is not an emergency. The retirements [First Energy cites] will unfold over a period of years and will be carefully planned.” (page 3) Further to this point, the paper quotes grid operator PJM Interconnection’s recent response to FirstEnergy’s petition: “…the PJM Transmission System will remain reliable and therefore the generating units listed above may plan to deactivate as scheduled.” (See page 3.) 
  1. DOE must reject FirstEnergy’s petition under Section 202(c) to provide above-market pricing to power plants. “Section 202(c) authorizes the Department to order generators to run during times of war or other emergencies … The orderly retirement of power plants in PJM will unfold over a period of years and in the context of ample supply of generating capacity. There is no ‘emergency’ that could serve as the basis for using … Section 202(c).” (page 5) “FirstEnergy’s petition seeks to stretch Section 202(c) far beyond what its text can support… It does not give the Department authority to set national energy policy or to advantage one type of fuel for electric generation over others.” (See page 5.)
  1. The Defense Production Act does not contain authority to provide above-market pricing to power plants. “The Defense Production Act allows certain types of market interventions that are rare in American law. Even so, as broad as it is, the DPA is not broad enough to do what the supporters of these uneconomic power plants would like. The DPA does not allow the government to set prices. Nor does it allow the government to force market participants to buy products or services they do not wish to buy.” (See page 7.) 
  1. Section 215A of the Federal Power Act authorizes only temporary measures in response to grid security emergencies. The 2015 FAST Act added Section 215A to the Federal Power Act authorizing DOE to issues emergency measures in response to a ‘grid security emergency,” defined as cyberattacks, EMP attacks, geomagnetic storms and direct physical attacks with significant adverse effects on the reliability of critical electric infrastructure. “The retirement of coal and nuclear plants would not, of course, fit within any of these categories.” (page10) “Orders for ‘emergency measures’ may last only 15 days before an additional emergency finding is required. The 15-day limitation shows clear that … Congress meant them in the ordinary sense that emergency measures are temporary and short-lived. FirstEnergy’s request that certain favored power plants receive rate recovery for four years...would far exceed an authority limited to providing temporary, emergency relief.” (See pages 11-12.)
Media Contacts:Advanced Energy Economy: Monique Hanis, mhanis@aee.net, 202-236-8220American Petroleum Institute: Mike Tadeo, tadeom@api.org202-682-8540American Wind Energy Association: Evan Vaughan, evaughan@awea.org, 202.431.4640Electric Power Supply Association: Nancy Bagot, nbagot@epsa.orgInterstate Natural Gas Association of America: Cathy Landry, clandry@ingaa.org, 202-216-5913Natural Gas Supply Association: Daphne Magnuson, daphne.magnuson@ngsa.org 202-326-9314      
See this statement online here.

Peach Bottom: Emergency Preparedness Report

PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION: EVALUATED EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE INSPECTION REPORT 05000277/2018501 AND 05000278/2018501

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Exelon: Meeting on Emergency Response

Summary of April 26, 2018, Meeting with Exelon Generation Company, LLC Regarding Draft Guidance for Emergency Response Organization Staffing (EPID L-2018-LRM-0028)

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Notice of Pre-Application Meeting with Susquehanna Nuclear, LLC

Notice of Pre-Application Meeting with Susquehanna Nuclear, LLC

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WIND AND SOLAR PROVIDE 98% OF ALL NEW ELECTRICAL GENERATING CAPACITY

WIND AND SOLAR PROVIDE 98%
OF ALL NEW ELECTRICAL GENERATING CAPACITY
IN JANUARY + FEBRUARY
 
RENEWABLES NOW PROVIDE MORE THAN ONE-FIFTH
OF NATION'S INSTALLED GENERATING CAPACITY
 
RENEWABLES ACCOUNT FOR ALMOST 70% OF PROPOSED
NET GENERATION ADDITIONS OVER NEXT THREE YEARS
 
For Release:  Tuesday - April 24, 2018
 
Contact:         Ken Bossong, 301-270-6477 x.6 
                         
Washington DC – Wind and solar accounted for more than 98% of all new U.S. electrical generation placed into service in the first two months of this year, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released  by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions (FERC).
 
FERC's latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" (with summary statistics for January and February 2018) also reveals that the total installed capacity of renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) now provides over one-fifth (i.e., 20.39%) of total available U.S. generating capacity. Combined, wind and solar alone exceed one-tenth (i.e., 10.18%) of installed capacity - a share greater than either nuclear power (9.11%), hydropower (8.49%), or oil (3.64%). **
 
FERC data show that 14 new "units" of wind, totaling 1,568 megawatts (MW), came into service in January and February 2018 along with 40 units of solar (565-MW) for a total of 2,133-MW.  Two units of natural gas provided another 40-MW of new capacity. No capacity additions were reported for any other energy sources (i.e., coal, oil, nuclear, hydropower, biomass, geothermal).
 
FERC's report further suggests that the rapid expansion and growing dominance of renewable energy sources will continue at least through March 2021. Proposed new net generating capacity (i.e., additions minus retirements) by renewables over the next three years totals 146,717-MW or 69.2% of the total (i.e., 211,875-MW). Proposed new net generating capacity by wind (84,324-MW) and solar (48,814-MW) alone are 62.8% of the total - supplemented by hydropower (11,839-MW), geothermal (1,130-MW), and biomass (610-MW).
 
Most of the remaining net proposed new generating capacity to be added between now and March 2021is accounted for by natural gas (77,421-MW - 36.5%). Net proposed additions by nuclear total only 1,831-MW while those from oil are just 231-MW. FERC also lists proposed new net generating capacity from waste heat (176-MW) and "other" sources such as fuel cells and energy storage (680-MW). Notably, the net generating capacity of coal would actually decline by 15,181-MW as 17,008-MW of coal capacity is retired, eclipsing just 1,827-MW of additions.   

Susquehanna: Correction, Error in Ammendment 2227

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Unit 2 - Correction to Technical Specification Page 3.8-27 for Error Introduced During the Issuance of Amendment No. 227 (CAC No. MD8465)

ADAM Accession:  ML18108A042

Peach Bottom: Audit Re: Ammendment to Adopt Title 10

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 – Regulatory Audit Summary Regarding License Amendment Request to Adopt Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Section 50.69

ADAMS Accession No. ML18072A372

Commendable Nuclear Safety Catch at the Susquehanna Nuclear Plant

The owner of the two boiling water reactors (BWRs) at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in northeastern Pennsylvania notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on April 2, 2018, that workers’ mistakes rendered an emergency core cooling system on Unit 1 vulnerable to being disabled by an earthquake at the same time that another emergency core cooling system was out of service for work on its power supply system. This is good news—not in having two safety systems impaired while the reactor operated, but in how quickly the problem was detected and corrected.

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Acceptance Review for Peach Bottom - Relief Requests from ASME Section XI Code

Acceptance Review for Peach Bottom - Relief Requests from ASME Section XI Code - 5th ISI interval Code Cases N-513-3 and N-513-4

ADAM Accession:  ML18107A760

AEE Reacts to FirstEnergy Request for Emergency Support of Coal, Nuclear Plants

 AEE Statement: No Need for Federal Emergency Support of Unprofitable Coal, Nuclear Plants

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2018 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) issued the following reaction to news about FirstEnergy filing a formal request for federal emergency support of unprofitable coal and nuclear plants, under the rarely used U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) section 202(c) authority:

“Advanced Energy Economy calls on Secretary Perry to reject FirstEnergy’s blatant appeal for a multi-billion dollar bailout of uneconomic and unnecessary power plants,” said Malcolm Woolf, senior vice president of policy for AEE, a national business organization. “This outrageous attempt to evade established market procedures is unprecedented. FirstEnergy is asking the Secretary of Energy to exercise authority that is reserved for an emergency threatening national security just to salvage power plants that are losing money for their owners and costing money for consumers. PJM currently has generating capacity well in excess of that needed to keep the lights on. FirstEnergy’s request attempts to short-circuit PJM’s well-established process for analyzing the reliability impacts of generation retirements, and ignores FERC's ruling earlier this year finding that no emergency exists that would justify providing special treatment to coal and nuclear power plants in our competitive electricity markets. We fully expect Secretary Perry to reject this application as an inappropriate use of his emergency powers, just as he did last year when Murray Energy asked him to keep coal plants open.”
Background Materials:
  • Analysis Group report, Electricity Markets, Reliability, and the Evolving U.S. Power System, finds market forces – primarily low-cost natural gas and flat demand for electricity – are causing coal and nuclear power plants to retire, not state and federal policies supporting renewable energy development. The report finds that the changing resource mix poses no threat to reliability of the nation’s power system. 
  • Grid operators for all regions testified before a House energy subcommittee hearing about grid reliability last July, noting record reliability preformance, how they have adapted to evolving energy mix, and concerns mainly about cybersecurity threats.
  • AEE Institute report, Changing the Power Grid for the Better, shows today’s electric generation mix is more diverse than ever; low-priced gas is primarily driving the change in resources, followed by flat load growth and competition from renewables; ERCOT and PJM experience shows reliable grid management with high degree of variable renewables even in extreme conditions.
  • AEE report, Bailout Without Benefit: DOE's Proposed Rule Would Drive Up Cost, Do Nothing to Strengthen the Grid, summarizes arguments against the proposed rule that would have subsidized coal and nuclear plants with 90-day onsite fuel supply.
  • FERC denied DOE's proposed grid reliability rule and opened new inquiry, now in process, on grid reliability definition and issues. RTO's/ISO's filed their comments March 9 and other stakeholder comments are due May 9 (per an extension granted last week).
  • This action follows a string of efforts to support coal and nuclear plants since early last year. For an overview see AEE blog posts herehere, and here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Announcing Speakers for Energypath 2018

Grid Integration is an increasingly critical issue as the demand for electricity rises along with the growing need for reliable and diverse sources of electricity. Although progress has been made to improve grid stability and resiliency, more needs to be done to integrate renewables, batteries, and vehicles into the electric grid. This conference will evaluate the challenges of grid integration and discuss viable solutions.

NRC Issues Confirmatory Order to Entergy

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: IV-18-002 March 14, 2018

NRC Issues Confirmatory Order to Entergy

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a Confirmatory Order to Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., and Entergy Operations, Inc., documenting actions they have agreed to take to implement programs designed to prevent willful misconduct at their fleet of seven operating nuclear power plants.

As a result of investigations at the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in Port Gibson, Miss., Entergy identified that (1) an examination proctor deliberately compromised examinations by providing inappropriate assistance to trainees; (2) workers did not perform required rounds to check equipment and plant conditions; and (3) workers deliberately provided inaccurate documentation indicating they had done so. Three apparent violations of NRC requirements are described in a Nov. 20, 2017,inspection report.

Entergy requested the Alternative Dispute Resolution process with the NRC to discuss corrective actions. The process uses a neutral mediator with no decision-making authority to assist the NRC and its licensees in coming to an agreement.

Following a meeting on Feb. 6 with Entergy officials, the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order documenting actions the company agreed to take.

In addition to Grand Gulf, the Entergy fleet includes Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, Ark., Indian Point 2 and 3 in Buchanan, N.Y., Palisades in Covert, Mich., Pilgrim in Plymouth, Mass., River Bend in St. Francisville, La., and Waterford in Killona, La.

Groundwater Monitoring Reveals Widespread Radioactivity at Duke Energy Coal Plants​

Today is the deadline for coal-fired power plants to post the results of their groundwater monitoring under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 rule regulating the storage and disposal of coal ash. EPA required such monitoring to determine the extent to which coal ash impoundments and landfills were contaminating groundwater. The results confirm the widespread groundwater contamination caused by coal ash around the country. In particular, Duke Energy’s results reveal startlingly high levels of radioactivity at 11 out of 18 plants.

DEP Notifies Homeowners in Targeted High Radon Areas, Offers Free Test

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection

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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
03/6/2018

CONTACT:
Deb Klenotic, DEP
717-783-9954


DEP Notifies Homeowners in Targeted High Radon Areas, Offers Free Test



Harrisburg, PA –  Homeowners in eight townships in central Pennsylvania will receive letters in March from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and American Lung Association (ALA), notifying them of high radon levels in their vicinity and providing a coupon for a free radon test.

“Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels. From years of data we know that some parts of the state have higher radon levels than others, and we want to get test kits into the hands of homeowners in these areas,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We certainly continue to encourage all Pennsylvania homeowners to test as well.”

Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that can enter homes through the soil and is a known human carcinogen. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended guideline for radon levels is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L).

DEP uses data since 1985 that show radon levels at 100 pCi/L or higher to identify areas for targeted outreach and then invites municipalities to provide addresses, if they choose to participate. Almost 10,000 homeowners will receive the letters with coupons this month, beginning the week of March 5:

•    Centre County: 1,930 homeowners in Haines, Penn, and Potter Townships
•    Lancaster County: 2,471 homeowners in Colerain and Little Britain Townships
•    Lycoming County: 949 homeowners in Hepburn Township
•    Mifflin County: 2,999 homeowners in Derry Township
•    York County: 1,526 homeowners in Peach Bottom Township

This is the fourth year that DEP and ALA have teamed up on direct outreach to homeowners. About 30 municipalities have agreed to partner. The program receives funding from EPA.

The DEP Radon Division has also worked with laboratories for decades to be alerted to high radon levels and, as resources allow, make offers to homeowners in those areas. DEP provides ongoing public information at Radon in the Home, and people can also contact the division at 800-237-2366; 717-783-3594; or ra-epbrpenvprt@pa.gov.

Susquehanna: Annual Assessment Letter


ANNUAL ASSESSMENT LETTER FOR SUSQUEHANNA UNITS 1 AND 2 (REPORT 05000387/2017006 AND 05000388/2017006 REPORT 05000387/ 2017402 AND 05000388/2017402 REPORT 05000387/2017501 AND 05000388/2017501)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

NRC Issues Annual Assessments for Nation’s Nuclear Plants

Nuclear Regulatory Commission
No: 18-008 March 5, 2018
CONTACT: Office of Public Affairs, 301-415-8200

NRC Issues Annual Assessments for Nation’s Nuclear Plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued annual letters to the nation’s 99 commercial nuclear power plants operating in 2017 regarding their operational performance throughout the year. All but three plants were in the two highest performance categories.

Of the 96 highest-performing reactors, 83 met all safety and security performance objectives, and were inspected by the NRC using the standard “baseline” inspection program.

The NRC determined that 13 reactors needed resolution of one or two items of low safety significance. For this performance level, regulatory oversight includes additional inspections and follow-up of corrective actions. Plants in this level are: Browns Ferry 1, 2 and 3 (Alabama); Catawba 2 (South Carolina); Clinton (Illinois); Columbia (Washington state); Diablo Canyon 2 (California); Fermi 2 (Michigan); Grand Gulf (Mississippi); Perry (Ohio); Sequoyah 1 and 2 (Tennessee); and Wolf Creek (Kansas).

Diablo Canyon 2 and Fermi 2 have resolved their findings since the reporting period ended and have transitioned to the highest performing level.

There were no reactors in the third performance category with a degraded level of performance. The NRC noted that there were three reactors in the fourth performance category. Arkansas Nuclear One 1 and 2 require increased oversight because of two safety findings of substantial significance. Pilgrim (Massachusetts) is in the fourth performance category because of long-standing issues of low-to-moderate safety significance. Additional inspections will be conducted to confirm that the performance issues are being addressed.

Later this spring and summer, the NRC will host a public meeting or other event near each plant to discuss the details of the annual assessments. A separate announcement will be issued for each public assessment meeting. In addition to the annual assessment letters, plants also receive an NRC inspection plan for the coming year.

Information on the NRC’s oversight of commercial nuclear power plants is available through the NRC’s webpage on the Reactor Oversight ProcessThe NRC routinely updates information on each plant’s current performance and posts the latest information as it becomes available to theaction matrix summary. Assessment letters are posted here; click on “2017q4” for each plant. Annual construction oversight assessments for new reactors at the Vogtle units 3 and 4 sites are also on the NRC website.

Peach Bottom: Annual Assessment Letter

ANNUAL ASSESSMENT LETTER FOR PEACH BOTTOM
ATOMIC POWER STATION UNITS 2 AND 3 – (REPORT 05000277/
2017006 AND 05000278/2017006 REPORT 05000277/2017402 AND
05000278/2017402 REPORT 05000277/2017501 AND 05000278/2017501)

ADAMS ACCESSION NO.  ML18047A006

TMI 1: Annual Assessment

ANNUAL ASSESSMENT LETTER FOR THREE MILE ISLAND STATION
UNIT 1 (REPORTS 05000289/2017006 AND 05000289/2017402 AND
05000289/2017501)

ADAMS ACCESSION NO.  ML18047A004

Auditor General DePasquale to Audit Delaware, Susquehanna River Basin Commissions

Auditor General DePasquale to Audit Delaware, Susquehanna River Basin Commissions

HARRISBURG (Feb. 13, 2018) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said he is immediately starting the department’s first-ever audits of the Delaware River Basin Commission and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.
“I look forward to working cooperatively with the Delaware and Susquehanna River Basin Commissions to identify any problems, concerns, or weaknesses and develop workable solutions,” DePasquale said during a news conference launching the two audits.
“My team will conduct comprehensive examinations of the river basin commissions and report back to the public and the General Assembly this summer.”
The two separate audits will be conducted simultaneously, focusing on six objectives specified in the state fiscal code (Act 44 of 2017), which mandated the audits review:
  • The cost of salaries, benefits and other compensation provided to the officers and employees of the commission.
  • The cost of expense reimbursements provided to the officers and employees of the commission.
  • Other fixed and variable costs of the commission.
  • The potential for improved efficiencies and overall cost reductions, including an analysis of duplication of commonwealth efforts and the ability to share equipment, services or personnel with commonwealth and local agencies.
  • Contributions to the commission by the commonwealth or any person within this commonwealth, whether via appropriations, fees, penalties or otherwise, in comparison to other signatory parties.
  • The impact of the fees and penalties of the commission on public and private entities within the commonwealth.
The audits will cover July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 and are expected to be completed this summer.
The Delaware and Susquehanna River Basin Commissions are interstate compacts charged with preserving water supply and quality, managing drought and flood condition, and preserving water-related recreational opportunities.
Auditor General DePasquale posts all audit reports, along with his travel expenses and the agency’s monthly expenses, online at: www.PaAuditor.gov.
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NRC Begins Technical Review of Holtec Application for New Mexico Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility‌

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
No: 18-007 March 1, 2018
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200

  NRC Begins Technical Review of Holtec Application for New Mexico Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has formally docketed an application by Holtec Inc. to construct and operate a consolidated interim storage facility for spent fuel from commercial nuclear power reactors in Lea County, New Mexico. In docketing the application, the NRC has determined the application is sufficiently complete for the staff to begin its detailed safety, security and environmental reviews. Docketing does not indicate approval of the application.

Holtec submitted its application on March 30, 2017, and supplemented it in October and December in response to NRC staff questions. Holtec seeks to store up to 8,680 metric tons of uranium in commercial spent fuel in the Holtec International Storage Module Underground “MAXimum” Capacity (HI-STORM UMAX) Storage System for a 40-year license term.

The NRC staff informed Holtec of its docketing determination in a letter dated Feb. 28, 2018. The NRC will publish a notice of docketing in the Federal Register in coming days. The application and other documents related to the NRC’s review are available on the NRC website.

NRC Finalizes White Finding at Clinton Nuclear Power Plant


Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: III-18-005 February 28, 2018
Contact: Viktoria Mitlyng630-829-9662 Prema Chandrathil630-829-9663

NRC Finalizes White Finding at Clinton Nuclear Power Plant

The NRC has notified Exelon of its final determination that an inspection finding related to a degraded condition on a safety-related pump at the Clinton nuclear power plant has low to moderate safety significance.

The issue was identified during an inspection conducted June 15 – Dec. 28, 2017. NRC inspectors determined that the plant’s failure to identify a condition that could negatively impact the proper operation of a safety pump resulted in its failure. NRC inspectors have verified that the pump has been repaired.

Clinton has been under increased NRC oversight since the third quarter of 2017 due to a previous finding of low to moderate safety significance. The finding involved the plant’s failure to evaluate the suitability of installing new electrical components on an emergency diesel generator room ventilation fan. The modification resulted in the diesel generator being inoperable for a period of time that exceeded requirements. NRC inspectors reviewed the plant’s actions to resolve the issue.

Clinton will remain under increased oversight until NRC inspectors conduct independent reviews to verify that Exelon has fully understood the causes for both findings and has taken sufficient action to prevent recurrence.

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