Fallout focuses on Exelon’s decision to wait 5 hours before calling local and state officials.
EFMR downloaded data from its real-time gamma monitors around
Three Mile Island on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009.
There were no unusual off-site readings for Saturday, Nov. 21 through 4 p.m.
EFMR Monitoring, Inc. (efmr.org) is a nonpartisan community based
organization established in 1992. EFMR monitors radiation levels at
Peach Bottom and Three Mile Island nuclear generating stations,
invests in community development, and sponsors remote robotics
Posted on Mon., Nov. 23, 2009
By Jan Hefler
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
Investigators with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday found that a minimal amount of radiation had leaked inside a reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant Saturday afternoon but did not pose any health threats to the public.
However, some state and local officials, including Gov. Rendell, said they were upset that notifications were not made in a timely way to authorities.
Diane Screnci, NRC spokesperson, said that the leak had "no effect on public health or safety" because it was confined to a reactor building at the central Pennsylvania plant, about 10 miles south of Harrisburg. She also said about 20 of the 151 workers inside the building either inhaled radiation or touched contaminated surfaces, but said the amount was not harmful.
New sirens to include battery back-up power
LONDONDERRY TOWNSHIP, PA (Nov.19, 2009)
Exelon Nuclear will begin a project next week to
replace all 96 emergency sirens in the 10 miles around Three Mile Island Generating Station with sirens that
include battery back up. The first phase of the project will have contractors visit and identify certain features
of each existing siren.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will host a panel discussion in Rockville, Md., on Monday, Nov. 16, to discuss the agency’s process for assessing licensee performance during new reactor construction efforts.
To view full announcement, open pdf:
November 5, 2009
Series of cover-ups undermines faith in Exelon
By JANET TAURO
The radioactive tritium leak discovered at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in April, a scant eight days after federal regulators approved Exelon's application to continue operating the nation's oldest nuclear power plant for another 20 years despite a long history of safety issues, is infamous to the concerned residents of the Jersey Shore.
Last week, the public learned that another leak in August spewed tritium at 500 times the allowable levels into the environment.
But what has not been widely publicized is that Oyster Creek officials misrepresented facts to state and federal regulators about prior radioactive leaks between July 2006 and September 2008.
Hundreds of people and organizations have filed objections.
By Patty Henetz
The Salt Lake Tribune
Oct. 27, 2009
State water officials have decided to schedule a public hearing on a proposal that would transfer water rights amounting to billions of gallons from Kane and San Juan counties to a company that wants to build a nuclear power plant at Green River.
They're going to get an earful.
Official NRC News Release:
Oct. 30, 2009
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has cited Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., with four violations concerning improper disposal and transfer of tritium exit signs at its stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
The violations, issued Oct. 28, concerned the improper transfer or disposal of 2,462 signs from Wal-Mart stores in states under NRC jurisdiction between 2000 and 2008, and the improper transfer of an additional 517 signs between various Wal-Mart facilities. The company also failed to appoint an official responsible for complying with regulatory requirements and failed to report broken or damaged signs as required.
VICTOR GILINSKY | 25 JUNE 2008
Let's talk about something no one is happy with--citizen and state participation in Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing hearings on nuclear plants and facilities. The industry and commission's view is that those who are flat out opposed should express themselves somewhere else, instead of tying up NRC hearings with safety issues best left to government experts. But because of federal preemption of safety regulation, states have no say in these matters and there is no somewhere else. Citizens and states can influence nuclear construction only by participating in NRC hearings, which allow only narrow technical arguments.