TMI Alert Queries NRC on Agency's Inspection of Plant
Three Mile Island Alert's Questions on the
NRC’s Annual Assessment of the
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station
May 19, 2009
1) PPL sought to publicly hide the extent of their decommissioning losses in
an affidavit the Company submitted to the NRC on March 26, 2009. PPL’s
one year decommissioning losses are staggering by any standard. “The fair
value of investments that are legally restricted due the decommissioning of
the Susquehanna Nuclear plant was $446 million and $555 million in at
December 31, 2008 and 2007...” (PPL 2008 Annual Report, Nuclear
Decommissioning, p. 191)
PPL lost $109 million from the fund in one year and now has$446
million out of projected $936 million (2002 dollars) needed to
decommission it operating nuclear units.
How will PPL recoup the losses after 12/31/2009?
2) What is the status of OI’s investigation into: a) Two PPL managers
deliberately failing to follow procedures for personnel monitoring
in radiologically-controlled areas; and, b) Allegations in 2008 that
environmental issues were not being effectively addressed by
the SSES management? (NRC IR, March 20, 2009)
3) Work Environment Potential Chilling Effect
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it was concerned about a
worsening climate at Berwick where some workers were afraid to raise
safety issues because they feared retaliation. The highest number of
allegations occurred in 2008. (ADAMS: ML 090 280 115)
1 The NRC responded on April 14, 2009: "We have reviewed your
application in accordance with 10 CFR 2.390 (a)(4) and 10 CFR 9.17 (a) (4), and
have concluded that the financial information your application sought to be
withheld from public disclosure is related to the the requirements of 10 CFR
50.75 9f)(1), “Reporting and record keeping for decommissioning planning.”
This issue as to be added to the ROP for 2009.
What is the status of this investigation?
4) How long is PPL’s Corrective Actions Program (CAP) backlog, and how
does PPL’s delay rank against the rest of the industry?
5) What are the costs for the equipment and labor necessary to
close out the CAP?
6) Has PPL deferred maintenance and change out of SSES mechanical
7) What is PPL’s ranking on the "Equipment Reliability Index?"