FYI: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Aug . 28 in Hershey, Pa. regarding the eventual decommissioning plans for the Three Mile Island Unit 2 nuclear power plant. Unit 2 was the site of the March 1979 accident at the site and never operated again after that event.
Within two years
after submitting the certification of permanent closure to the NRC,
nuclear power plants are required to file a post-shutdown
decommissioning activities report (PSDAR). GPU Nuclear Inc., the plant’s
owner, neglected to do that by the required date of Sept. 14, 1995.
Last February, after reviewing the circumstances for the company’s
failure to submit a PSDAR by the deadline, the NRC issued a non-cited
notice of violation to GPU Nuclear for not doing so (attached). One of
the mitigating factors was the company’s plans to address the
deficiency, which included the submittal of a PSDAR in June 2013
(attached). That report will be the subject of discussion at the Aug.
A PSDAR provides a description of the planned
decommissioning activities, a schedule for accomplishing them and an
estimate of the expected costs.
The current decommissioning
plan for TMI-2 calls for maintaining the plant in the post-defueling
monitored storage state up to an additional 20 years to coincide with
the end of the TMI-1 Operating License in order to synchronize the
decommissioning of TMI-1 and TMI-2. The NRC approved a 20-year extension
to the TMI-1 Operating License in October 2009. As a result, the TMI-1
Operating License has been extended until April 19, 2034. The TMI-2
PSDAR establishes the schedule for the
decommissioning of TMI-2 to commence following the expiration of the current TMI-1 Operating License.
schedule for decommissioning of TMI-2 has been developed in order to
achieve the termination of license by September 14, 2053.
If you need additional information, please let me know
NRC Public Affairs Officer
Download Meeting Notice PDF
Download Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report PDF
Download Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report Violation PDF