Saturday, March 28, 2020

NRC Makes Oklo Advanced Reactor Application Publicly Available

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-019 March 27, 2020
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200

NRC Makes Oklo Advanced Reactor Application Publicly Available
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has received an application from Oklo Power LLC for a license to build and operate the company's Aurora compact fast reactor in Idaho. The application is now available for public review on the NRC website.
Oklo filed the application on March 11, seeking NRC approval of an advanced reactor cooled by a substance other than water. The proposed Aurora design would use heat pipes to transport heat from the reactor core to a power conversion system, which then would be used to generate electricity. The NRC staff began pre-application discussions with Oklo in November 2016.

The NRC staff is determining whether the application has sufficient information to complete the agency’s review. If the application is determined to be complete, the staff will docket it and publish an opportunity to request a hearing on the Combined License portion of the application. Information about Combined Licenses is available on the NRC website.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Full steam ahead - TMI - 2: FRN - Consideration of Approval of Transfer

… 6721; email: Ted.Smith@ nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I … for Docket ID  NRC-2020-0082. •  NRC's Agencywide Documents … evidence, consistent with the  NRC's regulations, policies, … All documents filed in NRC …

NRC Approves License Renewal for Honeywell Uranium Conversion Facility

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-018 March 25, 2020
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200
 
NRC Approves License Renewal for Honeywell Uranium Conversion Facility
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating license of Honeywell International’s uranium conversion plant in Metropolis, Ill., for an additional 40 years. The new license expires on March 24, 2060.
 
Uranium conversion is an important step in the nuclear fuel cycle. Honeywell receives uranium oxide from mills and in-situ recovery facilities and converts it to uranium hexafluoride. The UF6 is then transported to other facilities, where it is enriched and subsequently made into fuel for use in commercial nuclear power reactors.
 
Honeywell submitted its license renewal application in February 2017. In its review, the NRC staff focused on Honeywell’s decommissioning funding, the environmental effects of the facility for the duration of the license, facility changes and safety basis, and the controls to monitor material degradation and aging for the duration of a license term. The staff concluded that renewing the license would not pose an undue risk to public health and safety and would not significantly affect the quality of the environment. The staff’s review is documented in a final safety evaluation report, published this month, and an environmental assessment published in October 2019.
 
The facility is currently in a “ready-idle” status with a reduced amount of material on site.
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Request for an Anniversary Message on March 28

Dear Friends of Three Miles Island,

I hope that you are doing well at this critical moment. One year has already passed and the 41-year anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster is coming soon. I am amazed at myself to be in a completely different landscape from the last year when I met you at the TMI 40th anniversary. In the sense of invisible fear, I feel here in New York City, it might be some similarity what happened 41 years ago at the Three Mile Island. 

This month, due to the effects of the coronavirus, internal events were no longer possible, and we planed the outside memorial gatherings of Fukushima and Three Mile Island nuclear accidents. We managed to hold the Fukushima memorial gathering. Unfortunately, Three Mile Island memorial gathering is not possible due to the coronavirus curfew. 

I thought that the lessons learned from the experience of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster could help us understand the current fear of coronavirus, and think about our environmental issues with empathy. We made our Facebook page “Voices from the heart”. Please email me your message yasuyotanaka@yahoo.com and let other survivors and related people know about it. We will post your message on March 28th and pray together.


"Voices from the Heart” signals strength in unity from the perspectives of many.  It means seeking out and amplifying our most honest voices from within by sharing collective experiences, knowledge, and information, thereby creating and nurturing the common ground for our expression. Our goal is to connect individuals and communities to learn from the past and present and to explore the next steps to achieving a sustainable world together.

I was not good at Facebook, but I will do it from now to stay connected with you and learn from each other. I hope that the current difficult situation will give us the opportunity to review and improve our society and the world.

Thank you,
Yasuyo Tanaka



NRC Schedules Virtual Meeting to Discuss Performance of URENCO USA Facility

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: II-20-003 March 23, 2020
Contact: Roger Hannah, 404-997-4417 Joey Ledford, 404-997-4416
 
NRC Schedules Virtual Meeting to Discuss Performance of URENCO USA Facility
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will discuss the results of a performance review of the URENCO USA uranium enrichment facility in Eunice, N.M., during a virtual meeting scheduled for March 30.
 
The session will be held from 3-5 p.m. Eastern Time (1-3 p.m. Mountain Time) with NRC officials from the Region II office in Atlanta and URENCO officials from the Eunice facility. The meeting can be accessed by the public and media via Skype. NRC officials will be available following the formal portion of the meeting to answer questions. For individuals without access to Skype, a telephone conference number will also be available.
 
The NRC staff assessed performance of the URENCO facility during the period beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending Dec. 31, 2019, in safety operations, safeguards, radiological controls, facility support and other areas. Although the safeguards, or security-related, area was assessed, that information is not publicly available due to its sensitive nature. The NRC staff review determined that URENCO continued to conduct its activities safely and securely, protecting public health and the environment.
 
The review found that none of the program areas needed improvement, thus the NRC will continue its normal inspection program for such facilities. The NRC does not have resident inspectors at the Eunice facility, but fuel facility inspectors from its Atlanta regional office conduct periodic inspections of various aspects of the operation.
 
A copy of the NRC letter to the company regarding the performance review is publicly available on the NRC website.
 
For virtual meeting access or telephone call-in information, contact either Brannen J. Adkins at 404-997-4620 (email: Brannen.Adkins@nrc.gov) or Lindsey Cooke at 404-997-4836 (email: Lindsey.Cooke@nrc.gov).
 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

NRC Meeting with Nuclear Industry to Discuss COVID-19 Regulatory Impacts

See the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) meeting announcement,linked here, and reproduced below:

Title: [NRC] Meeting with Nuclear Industry to Discuss COVID-19 Regulatory Impacts.

Dates and Times: March 20, 2020, 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM Eastern Time

Teleconference: Bridge Number (888) 469-2187; Pass Code9610583

Category: This is a Category 2 meeting. The public is invited to participate in this meeting by discussing regulatory issues with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) at designated points identified on the agenda.

Purpose: The purpose of the meeting is to discuss with the nuclear industry regulatory impacts due to COVID-19.

Contact: NRC staffers -- Ed Miller, 301-415-2481, Ed.Miller@nrc.gov; Mike Mahoney, 301-415-3867, Michael.Manoney@nrc.gov.
Participants: NRC staff listed above, plus external industry participants -- Nuclear Energy Institute; Entergy; NextEra.

Here is an audio recording of today's NRC teleconference meeting:
https://lhalevy.audioacrobat.com/download/lhalevy-20200320144127-5648.mp3
Thank you to Libbe HaLevy, Producer/Host, Nuclear Hotseat, for making this recording.

ML20079D897.pdf

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

TMI - "Amended Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report"

TMI2LicenseTransferApplication.11-12-2019.pdf

Amended Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report

Document Title:Three Mile Island, Unit 2 - Notification of Revision of Commitment for "Amended Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report" (PSDAR) for Three Mile Island, Unit 2 in Accordance with 10 CFR 50.82(a)(7).
Document Type:Letter
Schedule and Calendars
Document Date:03/02/2020

Document Title:Three Mile Island, Unit 2, Application for Order Approving License Transfer and Conforming License Amendments
Document Type:Letter
License-Application for Facility Operating License (Amend/Renewal) DKT 50
Document Date:11/12/2019

Document Title:Notification of "Amended Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report" (PSDAR) for Three Mile Island, Unit 2 in Accordance with 10 CFR 50.82(a)(7).
Document Type:Decommissioning Funding Plan DKTs 30, 40, 50, 70
Legal-Affidavit
Letter
Document Date:12/12/2019


 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Request for Additional Information - RR (EPID L-2019-LLR-0103)

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Request for Additional Information - RR (EPID L-2019-LLR-0103)

ADAMS Accession No.: ML20070R228

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Response to Request for Additional Information Related to License Amendment Request for Proposed Changes to the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station Permanently Defueled Emergency Plan and Emergency Action Level Scheme

Response to Request for Additional Information Related to License Amendment Request for Proposed Changes to the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station Permanently Defueled Emergency Plan and Emergency Action Level Scheme

ADAMS Accession No.: ML20050N441

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Photo of NRC Commissioners at Senate Hearing last Wednesday

Photo of NRC Commissioners at Senate Hearing last Wednesday


NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki (left), with her colleagues, left to right, Commissioners Jeff Baran, Annie Caputo and David Wright, testify about the agency budget, ongoing activities and new initiatives before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Clean-up of 24 abandoned uranium mine sites set to move forward under Phase 2 Settlement Agreement




Penny Bassett takes a radiation level reading at the former Anaconda copper mine near Yerington, Nev., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004. Citing growing concerns about health and safety, state regulators asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, to assume lead oversight of cleaning up radioactive and other toxic waste at the abandoned copper mine in northern Nevada.(AP Photo/Debra Reid) 
Penny Bassett takes a radiation level reading at the former Anaconda copper mine near Yerington, Nev., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004. Citing growing concerns about health and safety, state regulators asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, to assume lead oversight of cleaning up radioactive and other toxic waste at the abandoned copper mine in northern Nevada.(AP Photo/Debra Reid) 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Integrated Inspection Report 05000277/2019004 and 05000278/2019004

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Integrated Inspection Report 05000277/2019004 and 05000278/2019004

ADAMS Accession No.  ML20043C878

PBIR2019-004.pdf

TMI Units 1 and 2 - Acceptance of Requested Licensing Action Re: Exemption Request from 10 CFR 140.11(a)(4) Primary and Secondary Liability Insurance Requirements (EPID L-2020-LLE-0002)

Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Units 1 and 2 - Acceptance of Requested Licensing Action Re: Exemption Request from 10 CFR 140.11(a)(4) Primary and Secondary Liability Insurance Requirements (EPID L-2020-LLE-0002)

ADAMS Accession No. ML20042D454

PA DEP News Release : DEP Authorizes Work to Extinguish Lackawanna County Mine Fire and Begin Reclamation Project

DEP Newsroom

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
02/12/2020

CONTACT:
Colleen Connolly, DEP
570-826-2035

 
DEP Authorizes Work to Extinguish Lackawanna County Mine Fire and Begin Reclamation Project
Project will reclaim 75 acres of abandoned mine lands, extinguish underground mine fire
Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that work to extinguish the 14-year old Dolph Mine Fire in Olyphant, Lackawanna County will begin this spring. The project will eliminate a public health hazard that contributes to air pollution in the area.

The DEP recently awarded Earthmovers Unlimited, Inc. (Earthmovers) of Kylertown a $9.3 million contract for the work, known as the Sterry Creek South – Dolph Mine Fire Reclamation Project.

Friday, February 7, 2020

A Reevaluation of Cancer Incidence Near the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant: The Collision of Evidence and Assumptions

Ethics and Environmental Health | Mini-Monograph

Objectivity and Ethics in Environmental Health Science
Steve Wing
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA


During the past several decades, philosophers of science and scientists themselves have become increasingly aware of the complex ways in which scientific knowledge is shaped by its social context. This awareness has called into question traditional notions of objectivity. Working scientists need an understanding of their own practice that avoids the na├»ve myth that science can become objective by avoiding social influences as well as the reductionist view that its content is determined simply by economic interests. A nuanced perspective on this process can improve research ethics and increase the capacity of science to contribute to equitable public policy, especially in areas such as environmental and occupational health, which have direct implications for profits, regulation, legal responsibility, and social justice. I discuss research into health effects of the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, as an example of how scientific explanations are shaped by social concepts, norms, and preconceptions. I describe how a scientific practice that developed under the influence of medical and nuclear physics interacted with observations
made by exposed community members to affect research questions, the interpretation of evidence, inferences about biological mechanisms in disease causation, and the use of evidence in litigation. By considering the history and philosophy of their disciplines, practicing researchers can increase the rigor, objectivity, and social responsibility of environmental health science. Keywords: cancer, chance, dose reconstruction, environmental justice, epidemiology, ionizing radiation, research ethics, significance testing, Three Mile Island. Environ Health Perspect 111:1809–1818 (2003).
doi:10.1289/ehp.6200 available via http://dx.doi.org/ [Online 19 June 2003]

Apollo Epidemiology Report - Steve Wing

Cancer Incidence in the Vicinity of the Site of
a Former Nuclear Facility Located in Apollo, Pennsylvania

A report by:

Steve Wing
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Wing Apollo Report 2014Jan6.pdf

NRC Inspection Report No. 05000289/2019010, Exelon Generation Co., LLC, Three Mile Island Unit 1, Middletown, PA

Three Mile Island Unit 1:  Inspection Report 05000289/2019010

ML20036C837

LDPR-50.2019010.pdf

Monday, February 3, 2020

Peach Bottom GEIS Supports License 20 year License Extension

Peach Bottom GEIS Supports License 20 year License Extension

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Acceptance Review of LAR To Revise the Dose Consequence Analysis For A Loss Of Coolant Accident (EPID L-2020-LLA-0000)

Acceptance Review of LAR To Revise the Dose Consequence Analysis For A Loss Of Coolant Accident (EPID L-2020-LLA-0000)

ADAMS Accession No. ML20028F635

ML20028F635.pdf

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 – Withdrawal of Order EA-12-051, “Order Modifying Licenses With Regard to Reliable Spent Fuel Pool Instrumentation” (EPID L-2019-JLD-0019)

Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 – Withdrawal of Order EA-12-051, “Order Modifying Licenses With Regard to Reliable Spent Fuel Pool Instrumentation” (EPID L-2019-JLD-0019)

ADAMS Accession No. ML19318E476

ML19318E476.pdf

Monday, January 27, 2020

TMI 1 - Withdrawal of Order EA-12-049, "Order Modifying Licenses with Regard to Requirements for Mitigation Strategies for Beyond Design Basis External Events" (EPID L-2019-JLD-0018) Primary

Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Withdrawal of Order EA-12-049, "Order Modifying Licenses with Regard to Requirements for Mitigation Strategies for Beyond Design Basis External Events" (EPID L-2019-JLD-0018)

ADAMS Accession No. ML19318E145

ML19318E145.pdf

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Issuance of Amendment Nos. 274 and 256 to Revise Shutdown Margin Definition to Address Advanced Fuel (TSTF-535, Revision 0) (EPID L-2019-LLA-0154)

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Issuance of Amendment Nos. 274 and 256 to Revise Shutdown Margin Definition to Address Advanced Fuel (TSTF-535, Revision 0) (EPID L-2019-LLA-0154)

ADAMS Accession No. ML19336D064

ML19336D064.pdf

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

PA DEP News Release : Students Encourage Pennsylvanians to Start Year Off Radon Safe with Simple Home Test

DEP Newsroom

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01/6/2020

CONTACT:
Deb Klenotic, DEP
717-783-9954
Nate Wardle, DOH
717-346-4704


Harrisburg, PA – Students at Dingman-Delaware Middle School in Pike County are helping to encourage Pennsylvanians to do a simple home test for radon in January, National Radon Action Month. This invisible, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon occurs from the breakdown of uranium in the ground. It enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. 

“Because of Pennsylvania’s geology, there are high radon levels in locations around the state, putting residents at risk of exposure,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Fortunately, it’s simple to determine the radon level in your home using an inexpensive test.”

PA DEP News Release : DEP Issues Historic $30.6 Million Penalty Over Revolution Pipeline Violations

DEP Newsroom

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01/3/2020

CONTACT:
Elizabeth Rementer, DEP
717-787-1323
Department Collects One of the Largest Civil Penalties in Single Settlement History

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it has issued a $30.6 million civil penalty to ETC Northeast Pipeline (ETC) for violations related to the 2018 Revolution Pipeline explosion and fire. The penalty is one of the largest civil penalties collected in a single settlement.

“ETC’s lack of oversight during construction of the Revolution Pipeline and their failure to comply with DEP’s October 2018 compliance order demanded serious accountability. Their inaction led directly to this unprecedented civil penalty,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP is committed to holding permittees accountable for permit compliance and will continue to provide active and stringent oversight over the construction of their projects. Permittees are obligated to ensure that their projects are constructed without incident and in full compliance with permits. If a permittee fails to do so, they will be held accountable.”

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Braidwood 1 and 2, Byron 1 and 2, Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2, Clinton 1, Dresden 1, 2, and 3, FitzPatrick, LaSalle 1 and 2, Limerick 1 and 2, Nine Mile 1 and 2, Peach Bottom 1, 2 and 3, Quad Cities 1 and 2, and Ginna - Review of Quality Assurance Program Changes (EPID L-2019-LLQ-0003) ADAMS Accession No. ML19350A830

Braidwood 1 and 2, Byron 1 and 2, Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2, Clinton 1, Dresden 1, 2, and 3, FitzPatrick, LaSalle 1 and 2, Limerick 1 and 2, Nine Mile 1 and 2, Peach Bottom 1, 2 and 3, Quad Cities 1 and 2, and Ginna - Review of Quality Assurance Program Changes (EPID L-2019-LLQ-0003)

ADAMS Accession No. ML19350A830

Exelon_ML19350A830.pdf

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station – NRC Investigation Report No. 1-2018-011 and Notice of Violation

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station – NRC Investigation Report No. 1-2018-011 and Notice of Violation
 
ADAMS Accession No. ML20007D652