Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: I-20-019 September 28, 2020
Contact: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330 Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331
 
NRC Names New Senior Resident Inspector at Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has selected Christopher Highley as the new senior resident inspector at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township (Luzerne County), Pa.
 
Highley joined the NRC in late 2014 as a reactor engineer in the Division of Reactor Projects in the agency’s Region I Office in King of Prussia, Pa. Since November 2015, he has served as the resident inspector at the Millstone nuclear power plant in Connecticut.
 
Prior to joining the agency, Highley served for more than 25 years in the U.S. Navy, including 11 years as an enlisted nuclear operator. His assignments included serving onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, at the Charleston Nuclear Power Training Unit and as a combat systems officer and joint planning officer with the U.S. Army’s III Corps and U.S. Forces Iraq.
 
Highley holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, with a minor in math and physics, from the University of Arizona.
 
Each U.S. commercial nuclear power plant has at least two NRC resident inspectors. Highley joins resident inspector Matt Rossi, serving as the agency’s eyes and ears at the facility, conducting inspections, monitoring significant work projects and interacting with plant workers and the public.
 
All the below are named as defendants
 
B. DEFENDANTS:

2. FIRSTENERGY CORP. is an Akron, Ohio-based public utility holding company. FirstEnergy Corp. is the parent company of FirstEnergy Service Company and former parent company of FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. FirstEnergy Corp. senior management, including its then-President and CEO Charles Jones, also served as senior officers of FirstEnergy Service Company. FirstEnergy Corp. directed and controlled the operation of FirstEnergy Service Company through this shared leadership. FirstEnergy Corp. also played an integral role in establishing and funding Partners for Progress, Inc., which is described below.

3. FIRSTENERGY SERVICE COMPANY (“FIRSTENERGY SERVICE”) is an Ohio corporation with its principal place of business in Akron, Ohio, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. At all times relevant to this Complaint, FirstEnergy Service provided administrative, management, financial, compliance, ethical, external affairs, and political and regulatory advocacy services to FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. In
 
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re: FIRSTENERGY SOLUTIONS CORP., et al., 18-50757(AMK), US District Court, NDOH ED, 18-50757amk Doc 2721-1 at 50-51. Because of this relationship, FirstEnergy Service is inextricably intertwined with FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. and the affairs of a corrupt enterprise, which is referred to herein as “The Unholy Alliance.” 4. FIRSTENERGY SOLUTIONS CORP. (“FIRSTENERGY SOLUTIONS”) was an Akron, Ohio-based operator of two financially troubled nuclear power generation stations located in the State of Ohio. FirstEnergy Solutions operated as a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. On March 31, 2018, FirstEnergy Solutions filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio. FirstEnergy Solutions continued to operate the two Ohio nuclear plants throughout 2018 and 2019. On February 27, 2020, FirstEnergy Solutions emerged from these bankruptcy proceedings as Energy Harbor Corp.
5. ENERGY HARBOR CORP. (“ENERGY HARBOR”) is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Akron, Ohio. Through bankruptcy proceedings, Energy Harbor is successor in interest to the former FirstEnergy Solutions and its nuclear power generation plants in Ohio. As successor in interest, Energy Harbor will be the direct beneficiary of House Bill 6 and the resulting subsidies. Energy Harbor stands to receive benefits in excess of $1.3 billion as the result of statutory changes contained in House Bill 6 of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly. Prior to FirstEnergy Solutions’ emergence from bankruptcy as Energy Harbor, a number of key executives now within Energy Harbor held similar positions within FirstEnergy Solutions.
 
Docketed today: FRN - Fresh and Spent Fuel Pool Criticality Analyses
Comment by: October 23, 2020
Document Title:
DG 1373 RG 1.240 Federal Register Notice - Fresh and Spent Fuel Pool Criticality Analyses
Document Type:
Federal Register Notice
Document Date:
09/02/2020
The Workshop was about enriched fuel for existing nuclear plants up to 10% and next generation / advanced reactors with up to 19.75%
 
Document Title: Summary Of The July 30, 2020, Higher Burnup Workshop Category 2 Public Meeting
Document Type: Meeting Summary
Memoranda
Document Date: 09/24/2020
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
Wow! 113 groups! To borrow a phrase, what a "critical mass"!
 
Thank you very much for signing your group onto this public comment letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), re: the agency's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), expressing opposition to the Holtec International/Eddy Lea Energy Alliance irradiated nuclear fuel consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) targeting southeastern New Mexico. See the coalition comment letter, as submitted to NRC, below.
 
The organizational coalition sign-on comment letter, below, is also posted online, here:
 
 
Sorry it's taken me this long to even acknowledge receipt of your sign-on for almost all of you. Meeting last night's comment deadline has meant a blizzard of busy-ness for the past many days!
 
I did submit the coalition comment letter before last night's midnight deadline, so it should now be an official public comment included in the NRC docket. I've yet to receive confirmation of receipt from NRC, so will keep after them until I get it!
 
As many of you probably already know, there is "no rest for the weary" -- we now face a Nov. 3 deadline (yep, Election Day!) for public comments on the Interim Storage Partners/Waste Control Specialists (ISP/WCS) CISF, targeting Andrews County, west Texas, very near Eunice, NM. Call-in NRC verbal comment submission sessions are scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 1 (6-9pm Eastern); Tues., Oct. 6 (2-5pm Eastern); Thurs., Oct. 8 (6-9pm Eastern); and Thurs., Oct. 15 (11am-2pm Eastern). Please attend one or more of these sessions, and provide public comment. And please spread the word.
 
See Beyond Nuclear's Centralized Storage website section for more details (you'll need to scroll down a little, to get to the ISP/WCS CISF, TX-related posts), including how to submit comments to NRC re: ISP's CISF at WCS, TX, sample comments you can use to prepare your own, etc.
 
You can also submit individual comments against the ISP/WCS CISF in TX, using the webform/sample letter at this website: http://nonuclearwasteaqui.org/
 
And keep an eye out, in the not too distant future, for yet another group comment letter, similar to the Holtec/ELEA, NM one you just signed onto, only this time, re: the ISP CISF at WCS, TX.
 
The two dumps are just 40 miles apart across the NM/TX state line. This is an environmentally unjust (radioactively racist) attempt to turn southeast NM/west TX into a nuclear sacrifice zone for the rest of the country. At a grand total of 213,600 metric tons of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel and other highly radioactive waste (such as Greater-Than-Class-C "low" level radioactive waste), the Holtec/ELEA, NM (173,600 MT) and ISP/WCS, TX (40,000 MT) dumps would be three times larger than the proposed Yucca Mountain, NV permanent geologic repository (70,000 MT), targeting Western Shoshone land, in violation of the "peace and friendship" Treaty of Ruby Valley of 1863. This also would mean three times the inbound-to-CISF transport risks, as compared to Yucca, for "just" the inbound shipments from atomic reactors to the CISFs in NM/TX. Of course, the 213,600 MT of irradiated nuclear fuel would supposedly still then leave the CISFs again some decade (or century) in the future -- they are actually planning to send it to the long-cancelled, illegal, unsuitable, non-consent based Yucca dump! -- which would mean multiplying the Mobile Chernobyl transport risks.
 
Thanks once again, very much, for signing your group onto the coalition Holtec comment letter to NRC. 113 groups is a very strong showing! And thanks once again to Nuclear Issues Study Group of ABQ, NM, for providing the original sample letter template/language, that Karen Hadden of SEED Coalition used to compose the national group sign-on letter, that Diane D'Arrigo of NIRS and I helped provide minor edits on. It was a good team effort all the way around!
 
Sincerely,
 
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear & Don't Waste Michigan
 
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ADAMS Accession No. ML20232C272
 
Folks:
 
The enclosed notice from the NRC serves to close out the TMI-1 LAR case eliminating  off site evacuation equipment, funding to local communities, KI distribution, and radiation 
monitoring. Off site emergency planning at Three Mile Island will disappear in January, 2021.Neither Dauphin County or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania opposed the phase out of emergency planning or elimination of funding.
 
The TMI-2 license transfer case is active, but there has been no action by theNuclear Regulatory Commission.If the NRC rules against TMIA's Petition, we have ten days to Appeal to the NRC. If an Appeal is necessary, but unsuccessful, an Appeal can be filed in federal court. TMI-Alert is prepared to file Appeals.
 
The NRC staff is not a party in the TMI-2 case, but reserved the right to file comments. The case pits TMI-Alert, founded in 1977 and based in Harrisburg, vs. TMI-2 Solutions, a newly-minyed LLC based in Utah and incorporated in Delaware.Though the transfer of $890 million in rate payers funds is being contemplated, the PA PUC had declined to advocate on behalf of Pennsylvania ratepayers.
 
The DEP has dropped out of the case.The parameters of the proposed "advisory panel" negotiated between the DEP, and the Utah-based company have not been publicly distributed or vetted. In essence, the public has been excluded from a discussion on the creation a "public panel."
 
Peach Bottom's refueling, despite COVID, will begin in mid-October, and bring well over 1,000 people from out of state into southern York County. Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine have not opposed the aggregation of out of  state workers in a confined nuclear power plant. The NRC will "monitor" refueling from "remote locations"
in Bethesda and Washington.
 
TMIA's comments, along with 85 safe-energy organizations to Vice President Pence relating to COVID and refueling are enclosed. Please refer to the problems at Limerick in Pennsylvania in the spring, pp.3-4.
 
Be well and stay safe,
 
Eric Epstein, Chairman
Three Mile Island Alert, Inc.
 
717-979-8767
 
--
Hello Mr. Epstein,
 
Jennifer Borges conveyed to me your question about whether the public will be given the opportunity to request a hearing on the recent environmental assessment for the TMI emergency planning exemptions that NRC published in the Federal Register on Sept. 22, 2020. The answer is that the public has previously been given notice and opportunity to request a hearing on the license amendment request associated with these emergency planning exemptions. The earlier Federal Register notice, published on Sept. 10, 2019, can be found at 84 Fed. Reg. 47,542.
 
If you would like to discuss this further, I am working from home and I can be reached either via email or on my cell phone at 202-743-2586.
 
Stay safe,
 
Kayla Gamin
Acting Deputy Assistant General Counsel for New Reactor Programs, OGC/NRC
 

Expected US Nuclear Plant Refueling Outages in 2020

Plant

City

State

Company

Approx. Start

Browns Ferry

Athens

AL

Tennesee Valley Authority

Mid Feb

Grand Gulf

Port Gibson

MS

Entergy

Mid Feb

Brunswick

Southport

NC

Duke Energy Progress

Late Feb

David Besse

Oak Harbor

OH

First Energy

Late Feb

Byron

Byron

IL

Exelon

Early Mar

Nine Mile

Oswego

NY

Exelon

Early Mar

Vogtle

Augusta

GA

Southern Nuclear Operating Co.

Early Mar

South Texas Project

Wadsworth

TX

STP Nuclear Operating Co.

Early Mar

Arkansas Nuclear One

Russellville

AR

Entergy

Early Mar

Point Beach

Two Rivers

WI

NextEra (FPL)

Early Mar

Salem

Hancocks Bridge

NJ

PSEG

Early Mar

Fermi

Frenchtown Charter Twp.

MI

DTE Energy

Mid Mar

McGuire

Huntersville

NC

Duke Energy Progress

Mid Mar

Susquehanna

Berwick

PA

Talen Energy

Mid Mar

Sequoyah

Soddy Daisy

TN

Tennesee Valley Authority

Late Mar

Beaver Valley

Shippingport

PA

First Energy

Late Mar

Limerick

Pottstown

PA

Exelon

Late Mar

Quad Cities

Cordova

IL

Exelon

Late Mar

Turkey Point

Florida City

FL

Florida Power & Light

Late Mar

Seabrook

Seabrook

NH

NextEra Energy

Early Apr

Salem

Hancocks Bridge

NJ

PSEG

Early Apr

Palo Verde

Tonopah

AZ

Arizona Public Service Co.

Early Apr

Comanche Peak

Glen Rose

TX

Luminant

Early Apr

Ginna

Ontario

NY

Exelon

Early Apr

Oconee

Seneca

SC

Duke Energy

Early Apr

VC Summer

Jenkinsville

SC

Dominion Energy

Early Apr

Millstone

Waterford

CT

Dominion Energy

Early Apr

Braidwood

Braceville

IL

Exelon

Mid Apr

Watts Bar

Spring City

TN

Tennesee Valley Authority

Mid Apr

Catawba

York

SC

Duke Energy

Early May

Surry

Surry

VA

Dominion Energy

Early May

Indian Point

Buchanan

NY

Entergy

Early May

Palisades

Covert

MI

Entergy

Late Aug

North Anna

Mineral

VA

Dominion Energy

Early Sep

Robinson

Hartsville

SC

Duke Energy Progress

Early Sep

Vogtle

Augusta

GA

Southern Nuclear Operating Co.

Early Sep

Fitzpatrick

Oswego

NY

Exelon

Early Sep

Prairie Island

Welch

MN

Northern States Power

Early Sep

DC Cook

Bridgman

MI

AEP

Mid Sep

McGuire

Huntersville

NC

Duke Energy

Mid Sep

Cooper

Brownville

NE

Nebraska Public Power District

Mid Sep

Waterford

Killona

LA

Entergy

Mid Sep

Point Beach

Two Rivers

WI

NextEra (FPL)

Early Oct

Salem

Hancocks Bridge

NJ

PSEG

Early Oct

Palo Verde

Tonopah

AZ

Arizona Public Service Co.

Early Oct

Browns Ferry

Athens

AL

Tennesee Valley Authority

Early Oct

Diablo Canyon

Avila Beach

CA

Pacific Gas & Electric

Early Oct

Callaway

Fulton

MO

Ameren

Early Oct

Byron

Byron

IL

Exelon

Early Oct

Turkey Point

Florida City

FL

Florida Power & Light

Early Oct

Farley

Dothan

AL

southern Nuclear Operating Co.

Early Oct

Gomanche Peak

Glen Rose

TX

Luminant

Early Oct

Peach Bottom

Delta

PA

Exelon

Mid Oct

Millstone

Waterford

CT

Dominion Energy

Mid Oct

Watts Bar

Spring City

TN

Tennesee Valley Authority

Mid Oct

Duane Arnold

Palo

IA

NextEra Energy

Late Oct

Source: Nuclear Energy Institute

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