Global investment in new nuclear is an order of magnitude less than renewable energy investment. That is just one of the findings of a new independent report on the state of the worldwide nuclear industry that was issued on Thursday. No matter which aspect of the nuclear industry is assessed, the picture isn't pretty.
Unresolved Safety Issues Involving Hydrogen Generation And Mitigation
NRDC Nuclear Program Consultant
Senior Nuclear Policy Adviser, NRDC
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Issuance of Amendments Re: Adoption of Technical Specification Task Force (TSTF) Traveler TSTF-523, "Generic Letter 2008-01, Managing Gas Accumulation" (TAC NOS. MF4410 AND MF4411)Submitted by webEditor on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 01:06
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Issuance of Amendments Re: Adoption of Technical Specification Task Force (TSTF) Traveler TSTF-523, "Generic Letter 2008-01, Managing Gas Accumulation" (TAC NOS. MF4410 AND MF4411)
Three Mile Island, Unit 1 - Issuance Of Amendment Regarding Technical Specifications Task Force (TSTF) Traveler-523, "Generic Letter 2008-01, Managing Gas Accumulation," Revision 2, Using The Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process (TAC No. MF4435)Submitted by webEditor on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 00:58
Three Mile Island, Unit 1 - Issuance Of Amendment Regarding Technical Specifications Task Force (TSTF) Traveler-523, "Generic Letter 2008-01, Managing Gas Accumulation," Revision 2, Using The Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process (TAC No. MF4435)
NRC Proposes $7,000 Fine To New Jersey Company For Violations Of NRC Requirements
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has cited Mistras Group, Inc., of Princeton Junction, N.J., for two violations of NRC requirements and proposed a $7,000 civil penalty.
During a review of Mistras’ export records, the NRC found that in July of last year Mistras exported two iridium-192 sealed sources to a company in Canada, without obtaining a specific export license as required, and did not provide the export notifications to the NRC and the Canadian government in advance of the export of sources as required.
NRC Publishes Annual Report to Congress on Nuclear Security Inspections
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made available to the public an unclassified version of its annual report to Congress detailing the previous year’s security inspection program. The report is required under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The report covers the NRC’s security inspection program, including force-on-force exercises, for commercial nuclear power reactors and Category I fuel cycle facilities for calendar year 2014.
“The NRC files this report to inform Congress on our efforts to oversee the protection of the nation’s civilian nuclear power infrastructure,” NRC Chairman Stephen G. Burns said. “The NRC is committed to ensuring licensees maintain robust and rigorous physical and cybersecurity programs to protect the facilities we regulate and the materials managed within them.”
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555-0001
June 17, 2015
Mr. Thomas Saporito, Consulting Associate Saprodani Associates
Dear Mr. Saporito:
This letter responds to the petition you filed in 2011 to then Executive Director for Operations of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission R.W. Borchardt. You filed your petition under Section 2.206, "Requests for Action Under this Subpart," of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR 2.206) on March 12, 2011, and supplemented it with additional information on April 14, 2011, April 16, 2011, and May 25, 2011. In your petition you requested that NRC "ORDER [sic] the immediate shut-down of all nuclear power reactors in the U.S. which are known to be located on or near an earthquake fault-line." You cited the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident in Japan as the rationale for and basis of the petition.
Three Mile Island
Feb. 3, 2015 – The NRC issued a report on its quarterly inspection for the three month-period ending Dec. 31, 2014. No findings were identified.
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station
Feb. 4, 2015 – The NRC issued its report of its quarterly inspection of Units 2 and 3 for the three-month period ending Dec. 31, 2014. No findings were identified.
April 20, 2015 – The NRC issued a report on its request for seismic hazard reevaluations at Unit 2 and 3. “Based on its review,” the report said, “the staff concludes that the licensee conducted the hazard reevaluation using present-day methodologies and regulatory guidance, it appropriately characterized the site given the information available, and met the intent of the guidance for determining the reevaluated seismic hazard. … Further, the licensee’s reevaluated seismic hazard is acceptable to address other actions associated” with recommendations.
The National Park Service announced yesterday that the Flight 93 National Museum will open to the public on September 10th, 2015, a day before the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks. The center will be located in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County (about 75 miles from Pittsburgh). The $26 million visitor center will include a permanent exhibit, walking trails and an overlook that will let visitors see the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 from a distance.
Healey calls for better security at decommissioned sites and sites like Pilgrim that store spent fuel
ARTICLE | News | June 19, 2015 05:00 AM | By CapeCodToday Staff
Keeping in stride with her predecessor, Attorney General Maura Healey has called upon Congress to increase the safety at the country's nuclear power plants, particularly those that are decommissioned and those that store spent fuel. In a letter Thursday, Healey urged Congress to pass three bills sponsored or co-sponsored by Senator Edward Markey, according to a release from the AG's Office.
In a letter to US Senator James M. Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Ranking Member Barbara Boxer, Healey wrote, "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has long had an obligation to develop meaningful long-term solutions to the current on-site storage of nuclear waste in facilities across the country, yet it has failed to do so."