Penn State University is excited to announce that Tom Ridge, former secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, will be giving the keynote address at our nuclear power symposium on October 15 and 16, entitled Nuclear Power: Back on the table.
The symposium will focus on nuclear energy in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. It is designed for professionals, academics, government officials, and students with an interest in nuclear energy.
September 11, 2009
NEW NRC GUIDELINES ARE FIRST STEP
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued guidelines today making effective a section of the Atomic Energy Act that authorizes the NRC to allow the licensees and certificate holders of NRC-regulated facilities to apply for permission for their security personnel to possess and use certain “enhanced weapons.” These weapons are machineguns, short-barreled shotguns or short-barreled rifles. These guidelines have been approved by the U.S. Attorney General as required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Previously, with limited exceptions, only federal, state or local law enforcement could lawfully possess machineguns.
Beyond Nuclear Bulletin
September 10, 2009
Beyond Nuclear challenges new reactor & old waste at Fermi, Michigan
Beyond Nuclear has recently scored victories, and suffered defeats, in its intervention against the Fermi nuclear power plant on the Lake Erie shoreline. On July 31st, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) admitted four of the fourteen contentions Beyond Nuclear and its allies submitted opposing the Fermi 3 new reactor proposal. These included contentions on so-called "low level" radioactive waste, endangered species, groundwater contamination, and Lake Eriepollution concerns. On Aug. 21st, the same ASLB rejected Beyond Nuclear's call for security upgrades at Fermi 2's proposed dry cask storage facility for high-level radioactive waste. Beyond Nuclear will vigorously defend the four contentions at upcoming ASLB hearings, and appeal the exclusion of those rejected. Updates, intervention documents, and news articles are posted at our "Nuclear Reactors" Web site section.
by MONICA VON DOBENECK, Of The Patriot-News
Thursday September 10, 2009
Steam billows out of the Reactor One cooling towers at the Three Mile Island nuclear power facility in Londonderry Twp.
The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant passed its last milestone on its way to a 20-year license renewal Thursday following a meeting with the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, an advisory group to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said it is likely a final decision will be made in November.
Critic says generators should have been replaced years ago; spokesman for owner says plant was safe, relicensing sought.
Sep 06, 2009
By JON RUTTER, Lancaster Sunday News Staff Writer
Three Mile Island is replacing its two steam generators two decades late, contends nuclear industry critic Eric Epstein.
Lots of people are waiting to glimpse the ponderous new machines.
The generators will be slowly piggybacked through the county this month on their way from Port Deposit, Md., to the atomic power plant at Middletown.
Beyond Nuclear Bulletin
September 3, 2009
Regulatory decay allows more radioactive leaks from aging nuclear power plants
Background: More radioactive leaks from reactors like Dresden, Oyster Creek, Vermont Yankee and Indian Point are calling attention to a largely ignored Nuclear Regulatory Commission document dating back to 1979 when the agency first asked operators to periodically inspect pipes and tanks to prevent uncontrolled leaks.
NRC CHAIRMAN TASKS STAFF TO EVALUATE AGENCY ACTIVITIES ON BURIED PIPING AT NUCLEAR PLANTS
NRC Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko has tasked the agency’s technical staff to review the NRC’s approach for overseeing buried pipes given recent incidents of leaking buried pipes at several U.S. commercial nuclear power plants.
Radiation pills now available
Middletown mayor questions why KI tablets are being distributed in Harrisburg instead of the borough
by Garry Lenton Press And Journal Staff : 9/2/2009
The state Department of Health is distributing potassium iodide, or KI, pills today and tomorrow to residents who live or work near a nuclear power station such as Three Mile Island.
The pills protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine, which can be released during a nuclear accident.
August 28, 2009
No safety issues found to prevent reactors from running another 20 years.
By Rory Sweeney
Times Leader Staff Writer
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission concluded that there are no safety issues that would stop PPL Corp. from relicensing its Susquehanna nuclear station for another 20 years, according to a report released by the agency on Thursday.
Who should be considered an affected person or party, and allowed standing, when it comes to challenging the licensing of nuclear power plants?
Three Mile Island-Alert Chairman and Harrisburg resident Eric Epstein lives just over 50 miles -- and downriver near the Susquehanna -- from the Bell Bend site where PPL is seeking to place a new nuclear reactor. He was told he is not entitled to the legal standing to challenge the operating license, but he is appealing that decision.
To read his appeal, open pdf: