Sunday, July 30, 2023


Meltdown: Three Mile Island, just got nominated for an Emmy! Outstanding Historical Documentary! Pretty cool.

The 44th News & Documentary Nominations



Honorees in 62 Categories to be Presented
In Two Ceremonies on September 27th & 28th 

NEW YORK (July 27, 2023) – Nominations for the 44th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced today by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). 

The awards will be presented in two individual ceremonies:

News Categories – Wednesday, September 27th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. EDT
Documentary Categories – Thursday, September 28th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. EDT

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented live at the Palladium Times Square in New York City, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at and via The Emmys® apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku (full list at

“The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards honor the work of dedicated professionals working at the highest level of the broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking professions,” said Adam Sharp, President and CEO, NATAS. “They pay tribute to the journalists who bring us up-to-the-minute reporting on the critical stories of our time, and the documentary storytellers who explore important social, cultural, and political issues in great depth. NATAS is proud to celebrate the work of this year’s nominees.”

The 44th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards honor programming content from more than 2300 submissions that originally premiered in calendar-year 2022, judged by a pool of over 1000 peer professionals from across the television and streaming/digital media News & Documentary industry.

The complete list of nominees is also available on the National Television Academy’s website:  

All voting was tabulated by the accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP.




B. Harlan Boll, NATAS PR


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Awards for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime and Daytime Creative Arts programming, as well as achievements in television Technology & Engineering.

NATAS membership consists of more than 18,000+ broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including regional student television and its Student Award for Excellence and the National Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.

For more information, please visit the website at


Three Mile Island Emmy Nominee to The 44th News & Documentary Nominations

NRC Issues License to Rare Element Resources Inc. for Rare Earth Extraction Pilot Project in Wyoming

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 23-046 July 27, 2023
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200

NRC Issues License to Rare Element Resources Inc. for Rare Earth Extraction Pilot Project in Wyoming

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a license to Rare Element Resources Inc. for a proposed pilot project in Wyoming to demonstrate a proprietary process to extract rare earth elements from ore.

Rare earth elements are essential in many applications, including electric automobiles, smart phones, advanced wind turbines, computer hard drives, magnets, and military systems.

RER’s Upton Pilot Project, sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, involves a mined pile of about 1,000 tons of ore to be transported from the Black Hills National Forest in northeastern Wyoming to a rare earth element processing plant in Upton, Wyoming. Extracting the rare earth elements from the ore will produce waste streams including thorium and some uranium, requiring a source material license from the NRC.

Under the NRC license, RER will treat and stabilize the process wastes before sending them to a licensed low-level waste disposal facility.

The NRC’s review of the license application included a technical safety review and an environmental assessment. The agency published a notice of opportunity in May to request a hearing. No petitions were filed.

RER intends to start processing the ore pile in April 2024. The project is expected to take a year, followed by two years to decommission. The license is valid through April 30, 2027.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

NRC Names New Senior Resident Inspector at Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: I-23-009 July 26, 2023
CONTACT: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330
Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331
NRC Names New Senior Resident Inspector at Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has selected Neil Day as the senior resident inspector at the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. He joins resident inspector Ron Rolph at the two-unit site, which is operated by Energy Harbor.
“Neil Day’s broad experience in both the reactor and nuclear materials realms means he is well-positioned to take on this new role,” said NRC Region I Administrator Ray Lorson. “The skills he has acquired will help the NRC maintain a strong onsite presence at Beaver Valley.”
Day joined the NRC in 2008 as a structural engineer in the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards at the agency’s headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. He subsequently worked as a project engineer in the Division of Reactor Projects in the NRC’s Region I Office, and later as a resident inspector at the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in Mississippi and the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in Texas.
Day holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Each operating 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 safety-significant projects and interacting with plant workers and the public. Resident inspectors can serve at a reactor site for up to seven years.

NRC Names Thomas G. Ashley Jr. Director of Office of Investigations

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 23-044 July 24, 2023
CONTACT: Office of Public Affairs, 301-415-8200

NRC Names Thomas G. Ashley Jr. Director of Office of Investigations

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named Thomas G. Ashley Jr. as Director of the Office of Investigations, effective July 30, 2023. Ashley has been acting in the position since the retirement in February of the previous director, Tracy Higgs.

The Office of Investigations develops policy, procedures and standards for conducting NRC investigations of alleged wrongdoing by licensees and other entities. The office conducts and supervises investigations within the scope of NRC authority except those of NRC employees and contractors. The office also 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.

“Tom brings an impressive body of work to this appointment with his significant leadership in highly technical and sensitive positions in the Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy,” said NRC Executive Director for Operations Daniel H. Dorman. “His leadership has proven invaluable while he was in an acting capacity, and I am pleased he has been selected for this important position.”

Ashley joined the NRC in March 2020 as director of the Information Technology Services Development and Operations Division in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining the NRC, Thomas was director of IT Transformation at the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. Previously, he served as deputy assistant director for information technology at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In that role he led a team of roughly 120 federal civilian, uniformed military, and contractor personnel, servicing 160 locations around the globe.

Ashley started his civilian federal service in 2009 at the Defense Security Service, where he served as the IT lead for the Defense Security Service Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office in Columbus, Ohio, overseeing daily operations from an IT/communications perspective.

His federal career began in the U.S. Navy, where he served 12 years providing afloat and land base telecommunications, satellite communications, and information technology support.

He is the recipient of a Joint Service Commendation medal, a Navy/Marine Corps Commendation medal, four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement medals, and three Flag Letters of Commendation.

Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity from The George Washington University and is a graduate of the Naval Senior Leadership Academy (Naval Postgraduate School) and the NRC Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.

Sunday, July 23, 2023

"Simply Wall Street" update on NuScale stock

Simply Wall Street, July 12, 2023,  "Shareholders Can't Ignore U.S.$4.5 M of Sales by NuScale Power Insiders"

Authors note some financial choppy water for NuScale with more sales than buying in the last three months from insider trading.  "While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price." 

The article also makes some forecasts to watch for, "4 warning signs we've spotted with NuScale Power (including 1 which is concerning)" . 

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Response to Disputed Non-Cited Violation Documented in Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3, Inspection Report 05000277/2022004 and 05000278/2022004

Response to Disputed Non-Cited Violation Documented in Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3, Inspection Report 05000277/2022004 and 05000278/2022004

ADAMS Accession No. ML23186A127

Sunday, July 2, 2023

US nuclear energy consumption dips

 JUNE 29, 2023

Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review

Primary energy consumption in the United States was 100.4 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2022, a 3% increase from 2021. About 21% of U.S. energy consumption in 2022 came from nonfossil fuel sources such as renewables and nuclear—a tie with 2020 as the highest share since the early 1900s, according to data in our Monthly Energy Review. Fossil fuels—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—accounted for 79% of total U.S. energy consumption in 2022. 

Renewable energy consumption in the United States increased slightly from 12.1 quads in 2021 to a record-high 13.2 quads in 2022. Increased use of renewables for electricity generation, particularly wind and solar energy, largely drove the rise in renewable energy consumption. Wind remained the largest source of renewable energy in 2022; it first surpassed hydroelectricity, the second-largest renewable source, in 2019. 

Consumption of nuclear energy totaled 8.0 quads in the United States in 2022, down slightly from 8.1 quads in 2021. The small decrease was driven by the closure of the Palisades nuclear power plant in May 2022, nine years before its operating license would have expired. 

Petroleum has been the most-consumed energy source in the United States since surpassing coal in 1950. U.S. petroleum consumption remains below its 2005 peak, and in 2022, it totaled 35.8 quads. The transportation sector accounted for most of the petroleum-fueled energy consumption. Although the share of electric vehicles on the country’s roads has increased, petroleum remains the dominant fuel source for cars, trucks, and planes. 

U.S. natural gas consumption totaled 33.4 quads in 2022, the most natural gas consumption in the United States on record. Growth in U.S. natural gas consumption has largely been driven by increased use of natural gas in the electric power sector, which has consumed more natural gas than any other sector every year for the past five years. 

U.S. coal consumption fell to 9.8 quads in 2022, the second-lowest level in 60 years. U.S. coal consumption has fallen by more than half since its peak in 2005. Reduced coal use in the electric power sector has driven much of this decline.

Early energy consumption using water to power grist, lumber, and other milling operations is not well quantified, although such mills were a common feature throughout the early history of the United States. 

Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review

Our Monthly Energy Review's pre-1949 estimates of U.S. energy consumption are based on two sources: Sam Schurr and Bruce Netschert’s Energy in the American Economy, 1850–1975: Its History and Prospects and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s Circular No. 641, Fuel Wood Used in the United States 1630–1930

Appendix D of our Monthly Energy Review compiles these estimates of U.S. energy consumption in 10-year increments from 1635 through 1845 and 5-year increments from 1845 through 1945. Data for 1949 through the present day are available in the latest Monthly Energy Review

Principal contributors: Owen Comstock, Elesia Fasching