Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 21-008 February 8, 2021
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200
 
NRC to Evaluate Radiation Release at National Institute of Standards and Technology
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct a special inspection to evaluate the cause of a radiation release and limited worker contamination at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s research reactor in Gaithersburg, Md.
 
NIST notified the NRC the morning of Feb. 3 of an emergency during startup of the reactor, where radioactive material was released inside the reactor building. Six workers were initially contaminated during the event, and four additional workers were mildly contaminated while responding later in the day. All the workers were decontaminated and cleared to return home the same day. While a small amount of radioactive material reached the environment, available information continues to show the public near the NIST facility remains safe, as the release was under regulatory limits.
 
Two inspectors from NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md., will begin this inspection Feb. 9, supplemented with additional inspectors as needed. They will evaluate the adequacy of NIST’s response to the situation, NIST’s determination of the root cause of the event and NIST’s corrective actions. The inspectors will also review radiation monitoring data and determine if there are generic implications for similar facilities. The inspectors will follow all applicable guidelines related to the COVID-19 public health emergency during their activities.
 
The inspectors will prepare a written report that will be issued approximately 30 days following completion of the inspection. The report will be publicly available through the NRC’s electronic document database, ADAMS. Help in using ADAMS is available through the NRC Public Document Room by calling 1-800-397-4209.
 
Within the past year or so, the NRC has placed thousands of old records into ADAMS, its online digital library. These records had existed on microfiche and were accessible by visiting the NRC"s Public Document Room or one of its Local Public Document Rooms. 
 
Among the records now available in digital form (i.e., PDFs) are lots of records on the March 1979 accident at Three Mile Island. 
 
Attached is a query that can be used to access these recorfds.
 
Here's how to use this query to access the records:
 
1) Save the attached file to your computer
 
2) Go to the NRC"s website at www.nrc.gov
 
3) Click the NRC LIBRARY tab towards the upper right
 
4) Click the ADAMS PUBLIC DOCUMENTS link at the lower middle screen
 
5) Click the BEGIN WBA SEARCH link on the right side of the screen
 
6) Click the CONTENT SEARCH tab to the upper left of the screen
 
7) Click the LOAD QUERY tab just below the CONTENT SEARCH tab
 
8) Click the button with the three dots in it on the right end of the pop-up box
 
9) Navigate to where the saved file was stored on your computer and select it as the FILE NAME to open
 
10) With that file name now appearing in the LOAD SAVED QUERY pop-up box, click OK
 
11) Click the darker blue SEARCH button towards the upper middle portion of the screen
 
Nearly 1000 records will be returned.
 
Individual records can be viewed/downloaded from the listed records.
 
This query was for records on Three Mile Island Unit 2 dated between 3/1/1979 and 12/31/1979 that were placed in ADAMS since 12/31/2019 that contain the word "radiological." 
 
One can replace "radiological" in the  DOCUMENT CONTENT search box with other items of interest and then click the dark blue SEARCH button.
 
"Chronology" and "RIckover" and "transcript" yielded lots of records.
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Notification of Conduct of a Fire Protection Team Inspection
 
ADAMS Accession No.  ML21035A222
 
SUBJECT:  2021/02/02 NRR E-mail Capture - Exelon Generation Company, LLC - Fleet Alternative Request to Expand the Use ASME Codes Cases N-878 and N-880
 
Three Mile Island:  NRC Inspection Report No. 05000289/2020005, Exelon Generation Co., LLC, Three Mile Island Nuclear Station Unit 1
 
ML21033A006
 
SUBJECT:  Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 And 2 - Issuance Of Amendment Nos. 278 And 260 To Allow Application Of Advanced Framatome Atrium 11 Fuel Methodologies (EPID L-2019-LLA-0153)
 
ADAMS Accession No.  ML20168B004
 
Webinar: Ending the global security threats of nuclear power:
Lessons from the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
 
3 - 4:30pm Eastern time • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
 
Register to attend this free international panel session (zoom link + reminder will be sent to registered participants):
 
Hosts: Coalition for Responsible Energy Development in New Brunswick (CRED-NB) + Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) + Beyond Nuclear + NB Media Co-op
 
Synopsis: Through considerable organizing by civil society, the dream of a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) comes into force on January 22. The effort involved challenging existing claims about the value of nuclear weapons, creating a new narrative centered on human security, building new alliances between civil society and governments, and using international law and institutions to drive change.
 
Can these approaches help tackle the strong but subtle link between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, halt emerging programs to build so-called small modular nuclear reactors, and finally end the reckless pursuit of nuclear energy programs worldwide.
 
Panel
 
Ray Acheson, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom: The keys to the success of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). What were the TPNW campaign approaches, messaging and tactics? What are the lessons that can inform a similar effort to ban nuclear power?
 
Zia Mian, physicist, Senior Research Scholar and Co-Director, Program in Science and Global Security (SGS), Princeton University: The limits of the nuclear proliferation management approach. How have we tried to understand and manage the global security risks from nuclear power? What are the limits of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and supply side controls, and the challenges of the existing nuclear power international order? Is there a link between nuclear energy and the TPNW?
 
David Lowry, Senior International Research Fellow, Institute for Resource and Security Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts (but based in London, England): Next-generation nuclear reactors and the maintenance of military nuclear programs. How are new nuclear reactors tied to military nuclear programs through naval nuclear reactors? What are examples from the promotion of SMRs in the UK?
 
Gordon Edwards, President, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility: Added proliferation dangers from next-generation nuclear power
What is ominous about the next generation nuclear energy fuel chain (SMRs, increased fuel enrichment level, reprocessing...), and its links to nuclear weapons? What is needed to break the proliferation chain, and create a stable energy framework compatible with a nuclear weapons-free world?
 
Register to attend this international panel session (zoom link + reminder will be sent to registered participants):
 
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Three Mile Island Alert Congratulates the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
 
January 20, 2021
 
TMI-Alert joins the Susquehanna River Basin Commission in celebrating the Compact's 50th Anniversary on January 23, 2021. TMIA applauds the Commission for developing and administering the Susquehanna River Basin’s resources to mange the water that flows through Pennsylvania’s nuclear generating stations located in Berwick, Middletown, and Delta, Pennsylvania.
 
“Three Mile Island Alert congratulates the Susquehanna River Basin Commission for five decades of stewardship of the Susquehanna River at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, and the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station,” said Eric Epstein, Chairman, of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. “The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is a balanced and fair regulator for managing consumptive use and surface water withdrawals for nuclear generating stations dating back to 1974.”
 
“We look forward to work in helping the commission conserve, manage, and monitor the Susquehanna River’s resources at nuclear generating stations that require millions of gallons of river water every day for decontamination and energy production.”
 
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Requalification Program Inspection
 
ADAMS Accession No.  ML21012A054
 
Subject: Peach Bottom Units 2 and 3 - Request for Additional Information - TSTF-505 (EPID L-2019-LLA-0120)
 
ADAMS Accession No. ML21012A130
 

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