NRC to Meet With Exelon Over Spent Fuel Tech-Specs

 The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the supplement provided by 

Exelon Nuclear on December 18, 2009, regarding a License Amendment 

Request currently under review to revise the Technical Specifications 

related to the Spent Fuel Pool K-infinity value for Peach Bottom Atomic 

Power Station (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 

Accession No. ML093521435). 

To read the full NRC memo, open pdf: 

 

TMI Operators License Retake Exam Scheduled for April 2010

 To read the NRC memo related to the TMI operators license exam, open pdf: 

 

3 states' nuclear petition rejected

December 22, 2009

By Susan Smallheer

STAFF WRITER   Rutland Herald

BRATTLEBORO – The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a petition from three Northeast states that sought to have the issue of the safety of spent fuel pools at nuclear power plants considered in any relicensing review.

Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York had all petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to change its rules to include their safety concerns about the spent fuel contained in nuclear power plant's reactor buildings in any re-licensing review.

The NRC had rejected the states' petitions, and the matter landed in front of the 2nd Circuit, which is based in New York City.

Radiation Monitoring Stations to be Placed Near TMI

EFMR :Radiation Monitoring Stations

 

Participants Sought for Policy Input

 

 

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR UPCOMING DISCUSSIONS

ON DRAFT SAFETY CULTURE POLICY

 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will host several public workshops next year to gather input on the agency’s draft policy statement on “safety culture,” and the staff wants to hear from individuals interested in participating in the workshops’ roundtable discussions.

To read the NRC memo, open pdf: 

 

 

Report: Spent fuel storage costs may run $225B

 

By BOB AUDETTE  Brattleboro Reformer

BRATTLEBORO -- If no federal repository for spent nuclear fuel is opened in the next 100 years, the nation’s taxpayers could be on the hook to pay for on-site storage, such as the dry casks at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

That cost could run anywhere between $10 billion and $26 billion.

 

 

Valve malfunction called "event," then not called "event"

The following is the full content of a report that an "event" at

the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant's Unit 1 reactor had been retracted.

In this case, the "event" refers to three safety relief valves not opening as

they were set to do. "Retraction" does not mean the situation described did not

occur, it means that it will no longer be categorized as an "event."

 

!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!

 

Power Reactor Event Number: 45464

Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND

Obituary: Thomas M. Gerusky

Thomas M. Gerusky, age 74 of Allendale in Lower Allen Twp., died 

Sunday in Select Specialty Hospital, East Pennsboro Twp. 

 

Mr. Gerusky was born on June 18, 1935 in Fort Edward, near Lake 

George, New York, a son of the late Michael and Marie Varney Gerusky.

White House Is Urged to Help States With Nuclear Plants Stockpile Thyroid Drug

December 7, 2009

By MATTHEW L. WALD

WASHINGTON — After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Congress passed a law instructing the federal government to help states build bigger stocks of a simple, cheap drug to protect people near nuclear power plants in the event of an accident or terrorist attack.

But the 2002 law left a legal loophole allowing the White House to forgo distribution if officials found that there was a better way to prevent cancer than administering the thyroid drug, potassium iodide. And after years of delays, the Bush administration dropped the plan in 2007, saying evacuations would be a better alternative.

 

TMIA comments on PPL's 35 percent rate increase

• PPL should implement a program for senior citizens on       

fixed incomes who will be forced into a “hardship class.”    

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