Eric Epstein,


TMI-Alert’s Comments on the Closing of Three Mile Island Unit-1


Three Mile Island Unit 1 (“TMI-1”) came on line in 1974, and functioned beyond the 40 years it was constructed and designed to operate. The cessation of operations provides the opportunity to decommission and decontamination TMI-1, and remove 1,200 metric tons of high level waste stranded in spent fuel pools.

TMI possesses a skilled work force with unique institutional knowledge that can be deployed to clean the site up to Greenfield.

Three Mile Island Unit-2 (“TMI-2”), the site of America’s worst commercial accident, has not been decontaminate or decommissioned. The closure of TMI-1 allows TMI-2 to be cleaned up 40 years after the core- melt accident.

We need to be vigilant, and ensure out-of-state limited liability companies do not renege on their commitments. Exelon has announced plans to moth ball TMI-1 for 60 years, lay off workers, and abandon the local community.

The next stage of the TMI saga will focus on the cleanup of Three Mile Island.

TMI-Alert supports an expedited cleanup process known as DECON. The organization offered 11 recommendations Before the House Environmental Committee: Testimony of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. on Nuclear Waste Containment on April 29, 2019.

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

DEP Newsroom
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

Deb Klenotic, DEP
Nate Wardle, DOH

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.”
DEP Newsroom
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

Elizabeth Rementer, DEP
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.”
Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 – Acceptance of Requested Licensing Action Re: Amendment Request to Remove Permanently Defueled Technical Specification 3/4.1.4 (EPID L-2019-LLA-0250)
ADAMS Accession No. ML19347B031
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
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station – NRC Investigation Report No. 1-2018-011 and Notice of Violation
ADAMS Accession No. ML20007D652

Fact-check: Five claims about thorium made by Andrew Yang

By John KrzyzaniakNicholas R. Brown, December 18, 2019

Andrew YangAndrew Yang at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Andrew Yang, like many of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, has an ambitious plan to wean America off of fossil fuels. Unlike many of the other candidates, however, a key piece of his plan to address climate change involves harnessing nuclear power—in particular thorium. According to Yang, thorium is “superior to uranium on many levels.” But Yang isn’t alone; thorium boosters have been extolling its supposed virtues for years.

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