Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-032 June 8, 2020
CONTACT: Office of Public Affairs, 301-415-8200
 
NRC Commissioner Wright Sworn in for Second Term
 
David A. Wright, nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, was sworn in today as an NRC Commissioner by Chairman Kristine L. Svinicki for a second term. Wright’s second term as Commissioner will begin July 1, 2020, and will end on June 30, 2025.
 
Wright previously served as Owner/President of Wright Directions, LLC, a strategic energy and water consulting and communications business. He also served as a member and Chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Commission from 2004-2013. He was elected and served as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners from 2011-2012. Additionally, he has served as a council member and mayor of Irmo, S.C., and as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
 
A colon cancer survivor, Wright is an advocate for cancer awareness and education. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Clemson University.
 
The NRC is comprised of five Commissioners, one of whom is designated by the President as Chairman. The Commission was established to be a collegial body that formulates policies, develops regulations, issues orders to licensees, and adjudicates legal matters. The Commissioners serve five-year terms, with one term expiring every year on June 30. No more than three Commissioners may be of the same political party.
 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-030 June 8, 2020
CONTACT: Office of Public Affairs, 301-415-8200
 
Christopher T. Hanson Sworn in as NRC Commissioner
 
Christopher T. Hanson was sworn in today by NRC Chairman Kristine L. Svinicki as the fifth NRC Commissioner. Hanson was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2024. Hanson will begin serving his term immediately.
 
Hanson has more than two decades of government and private- sector experience in the fields of nuclear energy. Prior to joining the NRC, he served as a staff member on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
 
Before working in the Senate, Hanson served as a senior advisor in the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. He also served as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led multiple engagements for government and industry.
 
Hanson earned master’s degrees from Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focused on ethics and natural resource economics. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind.
 
The NRC is comprised of five Commissioners, one of whom is designated by the President as Chairman. The Commission was established to be a collegial body that formulates policies, develops regulations, issues orders to licensees and adjudicates legal matters. The Commissioners serve five-year terms, with one term expiring every year on June 30. No more than three Commissioners may be of the same political party.
 
Mr. Loomis:

By application dated April 28, 2020 (ADAMS Accession No. ML20119B061), Exelon Generation
Company, LLC (the licensee) submitted a request in accordance with Paragraph 50.55a(z)(1) of
Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) for a proposed alternative to the
requirements of 10 CFR 50.55a and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Code at Braidwood Station, Units 1 and 2; Byron Station, Unit Nos. 1 and 2; Calvert Cliffs
Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2; and R. E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant The proposed
alternative would allow the licensee to use ASME Code Case N-885, “Alternative Requirements
for Table IWB-2500-1, Examination Category B-N-1, Interior of Reactor Vessel, Category B-N-2,
Welded Core Support Structures and Interior Attachments to Reactor Vessels, Category B-N-3,
Removable Core Support Structures Section XI, Division 1,” at these facilities.
 
SUBJECT: US NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETING WEBINAR TO RECEIVE COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR THE HOLTEC INTERNATIONAL CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STORAGE FACILITY
 
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will conduct a public meeting via webinar soliciting comments on a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Holtec International’s (Holtec) proposed Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) for spent nuclear fuel in Lea County, New Mexico.  The draft EIS evaluates potential environmental impacts of Holtec’s request to build and operate the proposed CISF. 
 
The public meeting webinar will be accessible to the public by navigating, on the day and time of the meeting, to the internet link below and entering the event number associated with the date of the webinar when prompted.  Telephone access is also provided by dialing the telephone number and entering the passcode provided below.  The NRC staff will present the results of the draft environmental impact analysis and receive the public’s comments on the draft report.  The NRC invites members of the public to attend the public meeting webinar and to present oral comments on the draft EIS.  The public meeting webinar will commence at 3:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on June 23, 2020.
 
 
 
Event Number:  199 800 0026
Password:  HOLTEC
 
Telephone access
Telephone number:  888-454-7496
Telephone passcode: 5790355
 
Those wishing to present oral comments are asked to pre-register by June 22, 2020, by contacting Ms. Antoinette Walker-Smith via e-mail at: Antoinette.Walker-Smith@nrc.gov.  The public may also submit written comments on the draft EIS before July 22, 2020.  A notice published in the Federal Register (FR) on April 27, 2020 (85 FR 23382; https://www.federalregister.gov/), announced the availability of the NRC’s draft EIS and provided instructions for submitting written comments.
 
The draft EIS can be found on the NRC public webpage for the Holtec CISF license application at https://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/cis/holtec-international.html.  If you do not have internet access, contact the NRC Public Document Room at 800-397-4209 for assistance
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-030 June 5, 2020
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-0532
 
NRC to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Westinghouse Fuel Fabrication Facility License Renewal
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Westinghouse application to renew its NRC license for its Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina. The plant produces nuclear fuel assemblies for use in commercial nuclear power reactors.
 
On Oct. 28, 2019, the NRC published for public comment a draft Environmental Assessment related to Westinghouse’s request to renew the facility’s operating license for an additional 40 years. This type of assessment can result in a finding of no significant impact or a determination to prepare an EIS. In March 2020, the NRC received new data collected by Westinghouse during ongoing site investigations. Based on the NRC’s independent evaluation of the new data as part of the EA process, the NRC decided it could no longer conclude that renewal of the license would result in a finding of no significant impact. As a result, the NRC will proceed with an EIS.
 
The NRC will initiate the EIS process by publishing in the Federal Register a notice of intent to prepare an EIS.
 
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Contact:
Dave Marcheskie
Three Mile Island Generating Station
717-579-0229
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 

THREE MILE ISLAND GENERATING STATION EMERGENCY SIREN TEST SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 4
Sirens to sound for three minutes at 12:15 p.m.
 
LONDONDERRY TWP, Pa (June 2, 2020) — Exelon Generation will conduct its semi-annual, full volume test of the emergency warning sirens surrounding Three Mile Island (TMI) Generating Station on June 4 at approximately 12:15 p.m. This is one of two semi-annual tests performed each year.
 
The emergency warning siren system consists of 96 sirens located in parts of Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties within a 10-mile radius of TMI. The sirens are not a signal to evacuate, but a warning to tune to a local emergency alert broadcast television or radio station. County emergency management authorities activate the sirens, which can be used in the event of any emergency, including severe weather. 
 
Although TMI Unit 1 permanently shut down on September 20, 2019, the siren system must remain in operation in accordance with local, state and federal emergency planning requirements until certain emergency procedures and processes are no longer in place. Those procedures are expected to be discontinued in accordance with federal regulator oversight.
SUMMARY OF MAY 26, 2020, TELECONFERENCE WITH ENERGY HARBOR NUCLEAR CORP. TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL LICENSE AMENDMENT REQUEST RELATED TO STEAM GENERATOR TUBE SLEEVE INSPECTIONS AND MAINTENANCE (EPID L-2020-LRM-0048)
 
ADAMS Accession No.: ML20148M385
 

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Notification of Conduct of a Fire Protection Team Inspection
 
ADAMS Accession No.  ML20149K449
 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: I-20-008 May 27, 2020
Contact: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330 Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331
 
NRC Names New Senior Resident Inspector at Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant
 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in King of Prussia, Pa., have selected Scott Rutenkroger as the new senior resident inspector at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant. The two-unit site is operated by Exelon Nuclear and is located in Delta, Pa.
 
Most recently, Rutenkroger was the senior resident inspector at the Limerick nuclear power plant in Limerick, Pa. He previously served as the senior resident inspector at Vermont Yankee in Vernon, Vt., and as a resident inspector at the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Scriba, N.Y.
 
Rutenkroger joined the NRC’s Region IV office in Arlington, Texas, in June 2004 as a reactor inspector. He is a graduate of the NRC’s Nuclear Safety Professional Development Program, a two-year training program that provides a broad and a specialized perspective of NRC activities. He earned a doctorate in electrical engineering, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nuclear engineering, from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
 
Each U.S. commercial nuclear power plant has at least two NRC resident inspectors. Rutenkroger joins resident inspector Peter Boguszewski, 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.
 

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