The EFMR Monitoring Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization which monitors radiation levels surrounding Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Susquehanna Steam Electric Station and Three Mile Island Nuclear Station.
NRC Schedules Regulatory Conference with International Isotopes Inc.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a regulatory teleconference on Aug. 4 with officials from International Isotopes Inc. to discuss two apparent violations of regulatory requirements identified by the NRC during an inspection.
The teleconference will begin at 9 a.m. Central Time and will be open to the public. NRC officials will be available to answer questions following the business portion of the meeting. The public will have the opportunity to listen to the meeting and ask questions via a phone bridge by calling 888-972-4310, passcode 3411918#.
The purpose of the conference is to discuss the apparent violations identified in a June 22 inspection report. They involve the licensee’s failure to properly review and approve operating procedures through their radiation safety committee prior to implementation. These procedures were used by International Isotopes when a significant contamination event occurred at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., on May 2, 2019.
The inspection was conducted at the company’s facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in February.
No decision on the final safety significance of the apparent violations or any NRC actions will be made at the meeting.
NRC Approves Changes to Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station Emergency Planning Requirements
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted a request to alter the emergency preparedness plan for the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Londonderry Township, Pa., to reflect the plant’s decommissioning status. Exelon Generation Co. LLC requested the change.
The change comes in the form of exemptions from NRC requirements no longer appropriate for a plant that has permanently ceased operations. These exemptions are consistent with NRC actions for other decommissioning plants. Once Exelon implements the exemptions, state and local governments may rely on their comprehensive emergency management (“all hazard”) planning for off-site emergency response should events occur at TMI, rather than having a dedicated offsite radiological emergency response plan. As a result, there will not be a 10-mile emergency planning zone as currently identified in TMI’s license. The plant will maintain an onsite emergency plan and response capabilities, including the continued notification of state government officials in the event of an emergency declaration.
The exemption request included analyses to show the exemptions are warranted. When compared to an operating power reactor, the risk of an offsite radiological release is significantly lower, and the types of possible accidents are significantly fewer, at a nuclear power reactor that has permanently ceased operations and removed fuel from the reactor vessel. The NRC staff evaluated and confirmedthese analyses, along with considering comments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Based on the NRC staff’s evaluation and recommendation, the Commission today approved the exemptions. The exemptions, a safety evaluation and associated license amendments reflecting the change will be issued in the next few weeks. Under the exemptions, Exelon may not implement the change to its emergency preparedness plans until Jan. 20, 2021.
Exelon holds the operating license for TMI Unit 1, a single pressurized-water reactor that began operations in 1974. TMI Unit 1 ceased operations Sept. 20, 2019. All spent fuel has been permanently moved from the reactor vessel to the spent fuel pool for storage. The exemptions from certain emergency preparedness requirements are part of several changes to the plant’s licensing basis and technical specifications the licensee requested to reflect TMI’s decommissioning status. TMI Unit 2 has been in a non-operating status since the accident in 1979. General Public Utilities Nuclear Inc. retains the license for TMI-2 and is owned by FirstEnergy Corp. The TMI-2 defueling was completed in April 1990, and all spent fuel has been removed from the site. The U.S. Department of Energy took title and possession of the TMI-2 spent fuel and stores it at Idaho National Laboratory.
AKRON, Ohio, July 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. ( FE) today issued the following statement:
This afternoon, FirstEnergy Corp. received subpoenas in connection with the investigation surrounding Ohio House Bill 6. We are reviewing the details of the investigation and we intend to fully cooperate.
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Emergency Class: Non Emergency 10 CFR Section: PART 70 APP A (c) - Offsite Notification/News Rel
Person (Organization): MARK MILLER (R2DO) NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
CONCURRENT REPORT FOR FIRE SUPPRESION OUT OF SERVICE
The following was received from Global Nuclear Fuels, America:
"At 1030 (EDT) on July 21st, 2020, the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified per State code requirements that the fire suppression system for the Fuel Manufacturing Operation Sandblast Building was impaired. An underground pipe that feeds water to the sprinkler system had developed a leak. The building is normally unoccupied and no other buildings are affected. Compensatory measures were enacted and communicated to the Deputy Fire Marshall. Because the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified, a concurrent notification to the NRC Operations Center is being made per 10 CFR 70, Appendix A(c)."
Emergency Class: Non Emergency 10 CFR Section: PART 70 APP A (c) - Offsite Notification/News Rel
Person (Organization): MARK MILLER (R2DO) NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
CONCURRENT REPORT FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION OUT OF SERVICE
"At 1015 EST on July 13, 2020, the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified per State code requirements that the fire suppression system for various Fuel Manufacturing Operation Shop Areas was taken offline for planned maintenance to conduct a NFPA [(National Fire Protection Association)] required 5-year inspection. These inspections will be ongoing throughout the week. Compensatory measures were enacted and communicated to the Deputy Fire Marshall. Because the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified, a concurrent notification to the NRC Operations Center is being made per 10 CFR 70, Appendix A(c)."
Licensee will notify Region 2.
On 07/11/2020 10:24 AM Michael J Keegan wrote:
Dear Global Nuclear Fuel America Trackers,
Catchy Title: Exemption from Reporting Certain Unplanned Contamination Events
Zip file of three documents, and then those referenced are pasted farther below.
Global Nuclear Fuel America (GNFA) looks to have had several "Unplanned Contamination Events" seems just too many to have to write it up, how about an Exemption. Some of the fuel is enriched up to 8% and intended to be high burnup. Fermi 2 is scheduled to utilize GNF3 an Experiment see note farther below.
The link below is a zip file of 3 documents. What I am picking up on is that Fermi 2 use of GNF3 is an experiment, and scheduled for next RFO (21) for a 24 month fuel cycle using high burnup fuel which is 3X as nasty according to Marvin Resnikoff (citation needed)
I have only skimmed these documents, they require study and informed / expert interpretation. Elsewhere GNF America has authorization for enrichment up to 8%. Most likely the new GNF3 for first time "Experimental Use" at Fermi 2 will be Proprietary.
A multitude of problems at Fermi 2 but no financial resources to secure Expertise / Legal at level necessary.
Pro bono contributions have been generous, but those resources are exhausted.
Subject: Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Regulatory Audit for License Amendment Request to Revise Technical Specification 3.8.1 to Create a New Condition for an Inoperable Manual Synchronization Circuit (EPID L-2020-LLA-0118)
NRC to Hold Virtual Meeting to Discuss 2019 Performance of Davis-Besse and Perry Nuclear Power Plants
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will discuss the 2019 safety performance of two nuclear power plants in Ohio during a virtual meeting scheduled for July 23.
The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant is in Oak Harbor, Ohio., and the Perry nuclear power plant is in Perry, Ohio. All the units are operated by Energy Harbor Nuclear Corp.
The virtual session will begin at 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time. Online registration is required to participate. Following registration, a confirmation email will be sent with details on how to join the meeting. To hear the presentation, those interested must register to obtain the phone call-in number.
NRC staff responsible for plant inspection and oversight will participate, including the resident inspectors based full-time at the sites.
Davis-Besse and Perry operated safely during 2019. At the conclusion of the year, all inspection findings and performance indicators for the plants were green, or of very low safety significance. As a result, the plants in 2020 will receive the normal level of oversight, which entails thousands of hours of inspection each year.
The NRC Reactor Oversight Process uses color-coded inspection findings and indicators to measure 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 assigned to each plant and specialist inspectors from the Region III Office in Lisle, Ill.
SUBJECT: 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 A. 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 – Issuance of Amendments Revising the High Radiation Area Administrative Controls (EPID L-2019-LLA-0133 and L-2019-LLA-0134) ADAMS Accession No. ML20134H940 Exelon_ML20134H940.pdf
The 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power station in Pennsylvania released about 22 million Curies of xenon-133 into the environment. Because physical dosimetry indicated exposures to the nearby population of less than about 2 mSv, discernible impacts to the health of the exposed population are not generally believed to have resulted. However, there is contrary evidence, including especially the results of biodosimetry via cytogenetic analysis using the FISH method. This report examines the discrepancy between the results of physical dosimetry and biodosimetry, which among the small number of persons examined indicated exposures between 600 and 900 mSv. The paradox reveals a fundamental error in the health physics body of knowledge: the definition of the energy imparted to tissue, ε, fails to properly account for the temporal distribution of ionization products resulting from dilute contamination with an internally incorporated beta-emitting radionuclide. Application of a century-old result describing “shot noise” in an electronic system repairs the deficiency. The Xe-133 concentration in the tissue of those individuals exposed to the most intense portion of the radioactive plume released from the TMI facility is shown to have been on the order of 0.1 μCi/l, persisting for multiple hours. Shot noise reference doses in the range from 820 to 1,700 mSv follow, a result which is consistent with biodosimetric analysis. The finding should motivate a comprehensive re-evaluation of the conventional understanding of the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power station, especially regarding its impact upon the population of the surrounding area.
"Correcting that single omission, it is shown that the true biological impact to those most exposed to radioactive releases from the damaged facility (measured as a reference dose) lies in the range at or above 1,000 mSv. The exposure is sufficient to explain acute effects observed at the time of the accident, including radiation sickness."
NRC Submits Report to Congress on Best Practices for Community Advisory Boards
Near Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has submitted to Congress its report on best practices for community advisory boards associated with decommissioning activities at nuclear power plants. The report was mandated by the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act.
To prepare the report, NRC staff conducted 11 public meetings from August through October 2019 to obtain insights from host states, communities near nuclear power plants, and existing community advisory boards. Staff also conducted two webinars to provide people unable to attend the meetings in person an opportunity to participate in the process.
The NRC staff used public comments from these meetings, responses to a questionnaire issued in September, and direct outreach to state and local officials and organizations to compile its report. The NRC received 1,235 oral and written comments from 216 commenters through these outreach efforts.
The report to Congress is available on the NRC website.
NRC Senior Resident Inspector Newly Assigned to Limerick Nuclear Power Plant
Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in King of Prussia, Pa., have selected Adam Ziedonis as the new senior resident inspector at the Limerick Generating Station. The two-unit site is operated by Exelon Nuclear and is located in Limerick, Pa.
Ziedonis joins NRC Resident Inspector Sherlyn Haney at Limerick.
Most recently, Ziedonis was the senior resident inspector at the Hope Creek Generating Station in Hancocks Bridge, N.J. He has also been a resident inspector at the Salem nuclear power plant in Hancocks Bridge, N.J., and the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Delta, Pa., and a region-based reactor inspector.
Ziedonis joined the agency’s Region I office in 2004 after earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the NRC’s Nuclear Safety Professional Development Program and a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Each U.S. commercial nuclear power plant has at least two NRC resident inspectors who serve as the agency's eyes and ears at the facility, conducting inspections, monitoring major work projects and interacting with plant workers and the public. Resident inspectors are assigned to a site for up to seven years.
Subject: Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Exemption Request from Certain Requirements of 10 CFR Part 73, Appendix B, "General Criteria for Security Personnel" (EPID L-2020-LLE-0096 [COVID-19]) ADAMS Accession No. ML20161A391 ML20161A391.pdf
Subject: Dresden, LaSalle, Limerick, Nine Mile Point, Peach Bottom, Quad Cities - Individual Notice of Consideration of Issuance of Amendments to Renewed Facility Operating Licenses, Proposed No Significant Hazards Consideration Determination, Opportunity for Hearing (Letter and Federal Register Notice) ADAMS Accession Nos.: ML20156A365 (Letter); ML20156A400 (FRN) ML20156A365.pdf ML20156A400.pdf