Three Mile Island Station, Unit 1 - NRC Integrated Inspection Report 05000289/2014005

Three Mile Island Station, Unit 1 - NRC Integrated Inspection Report 05000289/2014005

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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Reassignment of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Branch Chief

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Reassignment of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Branch Chief

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CLINTON POWER STATION, UNIT NO. 1; DRESDEN NUCLEAR POWER STATION, UNITS 2 AND 3; LASALLE COUNTY STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2; LIMERICK GENERATING STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2; OYSTER CREEK NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION; PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNITS 2 AND 3;

CLINTON POWER STATION, UNIT NO. 1; DRESDEN NUCLEAR POWER STATION, UNITS 2 AND 3; LASALLE COUNTY STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2; LIMERICK GENERATING STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2; OYSTER CREEK NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION; PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNITS 2 AND 3; AND QUAD CITIES NUCLEAR POWER STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2 - ISSUANCE OF AMENDMENTS REGARDING ADOPTION OF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS TASK FORCE TRAVELER, TSTF-535, "REVISE SHUTDOWN MARGIN DEFINITION TO ADDRESS ADVANCED FUEL DESIGNS" {TAC NOS. MF2533, MF2534, MF2535, MF2536, MF2537, MF2538, MF2539, MF2540, MF2541, MF2542, MF2543, AND MF2544)

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Reassignment of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Branch Chief For Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3, Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, and Limerick Generating Station, Units 2 and 3

Reassignment of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Branch Chief For Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3, Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, and Limerick Generating Station, Units 2 and 3

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Backgrounder on Pilgrim's Recent Problems

Ironically, the NRC announced on Groundhog Day that it was dispatching a special inspection team to Pilgrim to investigate the reasons for the initial loss of the offsite power lines and ensuing problems the operators encountered, including the failure of the HPCI system, the inability to open one safety relief valve from the control room, and the failure of the standby diesel powered compressor to start. Like Bill Murray’s character in the feature film Groundhog Day, Pilgrim seems to be reliving certain things over and over. And over. And over.

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NRC Proposes FY 2016 Budget to Congress; NRC Spending, Staffing Declining

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has requested $1,032.2 million (including the Office of the Inspector General) in its Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal to Congress, down $27.3 million from the FY 2015 submission. Requested staffing is down as well for the agency that regulates nuclear power plants and users of nuclear materials to protect public health and safety, promote the common defense and security and protect the environment.

“This budget reflects today’s realities and ushers in a new era in enhancing accountability within the NRC for the prudent use of resources,” said NRC Chairman Stephen G. Burns.

Since the NRC recovers approximately 90 percent of its budget from licensee fees, which are sent directly to the Treasury, the resulting net appropriation request is $122.2 million, down $2 million from last year’s submission. The continuing resolution adopted by Congress Dec. 16, 2014, cut the NRC request by $44.2 million to account for fee-based unobligated carryover and authorized the agency to reallocate its unobligated carryover to supplement its FY 2015 appropriations.

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Press release: Federal Nuclear Regulator Opts Not To Reconsider Critical Safety Enhancements at U.S. “Fukushima” Reactors

NEWS FROM BEYOND NUCLEAR

For immediate release: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Contact: Paul Gunter, Director

Federal Nuclear Regulator Opts Not To Reconsider Critical Safety Enhancements at U.S. “Fukushima” Reactors

Decision designed to save industry money but exclude experts and public

TAKOMA PARK, MD -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has buckled to industry pressure and will recommend that the Commission disallow independent experts and the public from participating in a process to reconsider minimal but critical safety enhancements at the nation’s Fukushima-style nuclear power plants.

The NRC staff today said that a rulemaking proposed by the NRC Commission to further analyze filtered venting for containment protection and radiation release reduction following a severe accident is “not necessary.”  The nuclear industry has vehemently opposed the installation of external filtered containment vents on the basis of cost and “unintended consequences.” 

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Letter and Non-Proprietary Safety Evaluation of Reactor Vessel Internals Inspection Plan (TAC No. MF1459)

Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Letter and Non-Proprietary Safety Evaluation of Reactor Vessel Internals Inspection Plan (TAC No. MF1459)

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Issuance of Amendments Regarding the Emergency Plan Definition of Annual Training (TAC NOS. MF3003, MF30004, MF3005, MF3006, MF3007, MF3008, MF3009, and MF3010)

Issuance of Amendments Regarding the Emergency Plan Definition of Annual Training (TAC NOS. MF3003, MF30004, MF3005, MF3006, MF3007, MF3008, MF3009, and MF3010)

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Issuance of Amendment to Eliminate Certain Technical Specifications Reporting Requirements (TAC NO. MF0628)

Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Issuance of Amendment to Eliminate Certain Technical Specifications Reporting Requirements (TAC NO. MF0628)

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