Document Title:
Email re: Beaver Valley Power Station, Unit 2 - Verbal Relief for Snubbers - Delivered 4/4/2020 at 4:00 p.m. (EPID L-2020-LLR-0050)
Document Type:
Code Relief or Alternative
E-Mail
Document Date:
04/04/2020
Document Title:
Email re: Beaver Valley Power Station, Unit 2 - Verbal Relief for MOVs - Delivered 4/4/2020 at 4:00 pm (EPID L-2020-LLR-0049)
Document Type:
Code Relief or Alternative
E-Mail
Document Date:
04/04/2020
Document Title:
Beaver Valley Station, Units 1 & 2; Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, Unit 1; and Perry Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 1 - Annual Notification of Property Insurance Coverage
Document Type:
Legal-Insurance/Indemnity Document
Letter
Document Date:
03/27/2020

Capitolwire: Text of Senator Muth’s April 1 press release.
 
Limerick Township, Pa. -- Senator Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery) today renewed her call on Exelon to improve its commitment to worker and community safety during the refueling at the Limerick Generating Station in Montgomery County, and made a short list of requests of the corporate energy giant in a letter to senior executives.
 
“Thus far, Exelon has provided an inadequate pandemic response plan, withheld information from county and state officials, and failed to prioritize the safety of its employees, contract workers, community first responders, as well as all residents of the 44th senatorial district and entire region,” Senator Muth wrote. “This is grossly irresponsible as Exelon has brought at least 1,400 workers to the epicenter of Pennsylvania’s Covid-19 pandemic.”
 
In an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 through Montgomery County and beyond, Senator Muth is asking Exelon to do the following:
• Provide a complete list of worker accommodations. A previously provided list is incomplete. This list will ensure that first responders are geographically aware of potential risk of exposure to Covid-19 and better inform hospitality employees of the need to take precautions in the cleaning and service of lodgings.
 
* Work with federal, state, and county officials to create and implement a 14-day, controlled quarantine protocol for all contracted workers. Exelon should continue to fully compensate workers during this time and cover all costs incurred by workers during the quarantine.
 
* Continue to work with federal, state, county, and local officials throughout the refueling process, particularly improving transparency with regard to care of employees displaying symptoms of Covid-19, as requested by Congresswoman Dean and Commissioners Arkoosh and Moscowitz.
 
“These requests are simply a call for corporate responsibility to ensure maximum preventative measures to ensure safety and reduce harm of both workers, their families, essential workers across the tri-county area,” wrote Senator Muth. “It is my understanding that the plan is for many of these workers to move onto additional refueling projects, such as the scheduled Beaver Valley refueling project in western PA, as well as at other nuclear facilities across the country, and without proper safety and quarantine measures, we are risking a massive spread of Covid-19 across this state and nation.”
 
“By fulfilling these requests for increased mitigation, Exelon has an opportunity to right its wrongs and previous negligence, and demonstrate a commitment to protecting the health and safety of workers, their families and the community at large,” she concluded.
NRC Schedules Virtual Meeting to Discuss Performance of Framatome Facility
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will discuss the results of a performance review for the Framatome nuclear fuel fabrication facility in Richland, Wash., during a virtual meeting scheduled for April 7.
 
The session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1-2:30 p.m. Pacific Time) with NRC officials from the Region II office in Atlanta and the agency’s headquarters in Rockville, Md., as well as Framatome officials at the facility in Richland. The meeting will be accessible to the public and media via Skype and NRC officials will be available following the formal portion of the meeting to answer questions. For individuals without access to Skype, a telephone conference number will be available.
 
The NRC staff assessed performance of the Framatome facility in Richland during the period beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending Dec. 31, 2019, in safety operations, safeguards, radiological controls, facility support and other areas. Although the safeguards area was assessed, that information is not publicly available due to its sensitive nature. The NRC staff review determined that Framatome continued to conduct its activities safely and securely, protecting public health and the environment.
 
The review found that no program area needed improvement, which means the NRC will continue its normal inspection program for such facilities. The NRC does not have resident inspectors at the Richland facility. Facility inspectors from the agency’s Atlanta regional office conduct periodic inspections of various aspects of the operation.
 
A copy of the NRC letter to the company regarding the performance review is publicly available on the NRC website.
 
For virtual meeting access or telephone call-in information, please contact either Richard Gibson Jr., at 404-997-4718 (email: Richard.gibson@nrc.gov) or Gregory Goff at 404-997-4744 (email: Gregory.goff@nrc.gov).
 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-021 April 1, 2020
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200
 
NRC Approves License Transfer of Crystal River 3 Nuclear Power Plant
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the license transfer for the Crystal River 3 nuclear power plant from Duke Energy Florida to ADP CR3, enabling active decommissioning of the former nuclear power plant.
 
ADP CR3 is a subsidiary of Accelerated Decommissioning Partners LLC, a joint venture of NorthStar Group Services, Inc. and Orano Decommissioning Holdings. NorthStar will also be contracted to demolish the permanently shut down coal-fired Crystal River units 1 and 2.
 
Duke permanently ceased operations at Crystal River 3 in 2013. The company applied for the license transfer in June 2019. Under its agreement with ADP CR3, Duke will remain the owner of the nuclear power plant, property and equipment, and will retain ownership and control of the trust fund that pays for the decommissioning. ADP CR3 will become the NRC licensee responsible for decommissioning the plant in compliance with all state and federal regulations.
 
ADP CR3 plans to complete decommissioning by 2027.
 
Planned Nuclear Refueling Outages in 2020
In 2020, 56 of the nation’s 58 nuclear reactors in 21 states—including several that have issued lockdown measures—planned to undergo refueling outages. At least 31 of the 58 plants had scheduled outages between mid-February and early May. The remaining 25 planned refueling outages between late August and late October. 

The average U.S. refueling outage times have shortened in recent years—decreasing from an average of 46 days in 2012 to 32 days in 2019—owing in part to improved and planning and execution practices for refueling outages over the years, NEI told POWER. Of significant note is that the 2020 season is poised to be especially busy in part because planned nuclear generation outages are generally timed to coincide with a plant’s refueling cycle, it said. 
 
Table. Expected U.S. Nuclear Plant Refueling Outages in 2020. Courtesy: NEI
 
Plant
City
State
Company
Approx. Start
1
Browns Ferry
Athens
AL
Tennessee Valley Authority
Mid February
2
Grand Gulf
Port Gibson
MS
Entergy
Mid February
3
Brunswick
Southport
NC
Duke Energy Progress
late February
4
Davis Besse
Oak Harbor
OH
First Energy
Late February
5
Byron
Byron
IL
Exelon
Early March
6
Nine Mile
Oswego
NY
Exelon
Early March
7
Vogtle
Augusta
GA
Southern Nuclear Operating Co.
Early March
8
South Texas Project
Wadsworth
TX
STP Nuclear Operating Co.
Early March
9
Arkansas Nuclear One
Russellville
AR
Entergy
Early March
10
Point Beach
Two Rivers
WI
NextEra (FPL)
Early March
11
Salem
Hancocks Bridge
NJ
PSEG
Early March
12
Fermi
Frenchtown Charter Twp.
MI
DTE Energy
Mid March
13
McGuire
Huntersville
NC
Duke Energy
Mid March
14
Susquehanna
Berwick
PA
Talen Energy
Mid March
15
Sequoyah
Soddy Daisy
TN
Tennessee Valley Authority
Late March
16
Beaver Valley
Shippingport
PA
FirstEnergy
Late March
17
Limerick
Pottstown
PA
Exelon
Late March
18
Quad Cities
Cordova
IL
Exelon
Late March
19
Turkey Point
Florida City
FL
Florida Power & Light
Late March
20
Seabrook
Seabrook
NH
NextEra Energy
Early April
21
Salem
Hancocks Bridge
NJ
PSEG
Early April
22
Palo Verde
Tonopah
AZ
Arizona Public Service Company
Early April
23
Comanche Peak
Glen Rose
TX
Luminant
Early April
24
Ginna
Ontario
NY
Exelon
Early April
25
Oconee
Seneca
SC
Duke Energy
Early April
26
VC Summer
Jenkinsville
SC
Dominion Energy
Early April
27
Millstone
Waterford
CT
Dominion Energy
Early April
28
Braidwood
Braceville
IL
Exelon
Mid April
29
Watts Bar
Spring City
TN
Tennessee Valley Authority
Mid April
30
Catawba
York
SC
Duke Energy
Early May
31
Surry
Surry
VA
Dominion Energy
Early May
32
Indian Point
Buchanan
NY
Entergy
Early May
33
Palisades
Covert
MI
Entergy
Late August
34
North Anna
Mineral
VA
Dominion Energy
Early September
35
Robinson
Hartsville
SC
Duke Energy Progress
Early September
36
Vogtle
Augusta
GA
Southern Nuclear Operating Co.
Early September
37
Fitzpatrick
Oswego
NY
Exelon
Early September
38
Prairie Island
Welch
MN
Northern States Power
Early September
39
DC Cook
Bridgman
MI
AEP
Mid September
40
McGuire
Huntersville
NC
Duke Energy
Mid September
41
Cooper
Brownville
NE
Nebraska Public Power District
Mid September
42
Waterford
Killona
LA
Entergy
Mid September
43
Point Beach
Two Rivers
WI
NextEra (FPL)
Early October
44
Salem
Hancocks Bridge
NJ
PSEG
Early October
45
Palo Verde
Tonopah
AZ
Arizona Public Service Company
Early October
46
Browns Ferry
Athens
AL
Tennessee Valley Authority
Early October
47
Diablo Canyon
Avila Beach
CA
Pacific Gas & Electric
Early October
48
Callaway
Fulton
MO
Ameren
Early October
49
Byron
Byron
IL
Exelon
Early October
50
Turkey Point
Florida City
FL
Florida Power & Light
Early October
51
Farley
Dothan
AL
Southern Nuclear Operating Co.
Early October
52
Comanche Peak
Glen Rose
TX
Luminant
Early October
53
Peach Bottom
Delta
PA
Exelon
Mid October
54
Millstone
Waterford
CT
Dominion Energy
Mid October
55
Watts Bar
Spring City
TN
Tennessee Valley Authority
Mid October
56
Duane Arnold
Palo
IA
NextEra Energy
Late October
 
As of March 25, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), 13 of the U.S.’s 96 commercial nuclear reactors were offline for refueling outages: Indian Point 3, Nine Mile Point 1, Susquehanna 2, Browns Ferry 2, Brunswick 2, McGuire 1, North Anna 2, Turkey Point 4, Vogtle 2, D.C. Cook 1, Perry 1, Point Beach 1, and Quad Cities 1. At least five others were coasting down in preparation for refueling outages: Limerick 2, Salem 1, Byron 2, Monticello, and Comanche Peak 1. 
The Energy Information Administration (EIA), which compiles data from the NRC into a useful interactive map that shows the status of U.S. nuclear outages, noted that 16.9% of total U.S. nuclear capacity—about 17 GW of the total 100 GW—was offline as of March 25.
Boy and Island 41st TMI Anniversary Update

Archival Super 8 film footage shot in 1979 by Middletown, PA native, Don Hossler.
Edited and posted by Andrew Hurst in recognition of the 41st anniversary of the accident at Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant.


In recognition of the 41st anniversary of the accident at Three Mile Island, I first want to send my warmest thoughts and regards to the citizens of Middletown, PA and the surrounding towns and communities who have lived through this tragedy and continue to endure its legacy with a deep sense of pride, integrity and resilience. Although there is a certain sense of relief now that the plant has officially powered down for good as of September 20, 2019 - in reality, the current plan for decommissioning and cleanup efforts will not be completed until at least 2078, thus effectively rendering the site as a toxic nuclear waste dump in which future generations of people, plants and animals will be forced to coincide with.

Secondly, I have compiled a short reel of Super 8 film footage from the collection of my dear friend Don Hossler, a Middletown, PA native and co founder of PANE (People Against Nuclear Energy). Don shot this footage in those tense weeks and months shortly after the accident in March 1979. Captured within these frames of celluloid is the tangible unease that loomed over the region during this harrowing time. Included here are scenes of the town and the plant, news footage captured directly from the television as well as headlines cut out and arranged before the camera amidst other books and memorabilia related to the accident.  Also included is a sequence showing local Middletown resident and PANE board member John Garver as he earnestly practices a speech he will deliver to the Borough Council pleading to permanently shut down the plant. But most poignant of all is the opening sequence shot from the cozy idyllic interior of the Hossler residence, as a crisp winter sun illuminates a hand-crafted stained glass ornament of a bird hanging in the window pane, the camera zooms in on the extended view beyond the inside of the house showing the ever present cooling towers of the nuclear power plant outside in the near distance. Upon viewing this footage, we the viewer are placed at the crux of the human predicament in which the camera becomes a metaphor for what happens off the record, privately experienced away from the glare of the media’s portrayal of the “facts.” The camera here functions as a tool for self reliance and self discovery and it is precisely this intervention of the human spirit that Boy And Island investigates and celebrates. As of this writing, my wife and I remain cloistered in the confines of our apartment in NYC along with many others around the world as we face the invisible enemy of the COVID-19 pandemic. Within this forced confinement, I am struck by the shocking relevance of our current circumstances with that of the nuclear catastrophe that descended upon us on March 28, 1979. These invisible terrors, and the challenges to our survival that they represent must be met with the strength of the human spirit and the will of our imagination to adapt to new realities.

Lastly, thanks for tuning in and look out for many exciting developments on the Boy And Island book project in the coming months!! Visit www.boyandisland.com.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-019 March 27, 2020
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200
 
NRC Makes Oklo Advanced Reactor Application Publicly Available
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has received an application from Oklo Power LLC for a license to build and operate the company's Aurora compact fast reactor in Idaho. The application is now available for public review on the NRC website.
Oklo filed the application on March 11, seeking NRC approval of an advanced reactor cooled by a substance other than water. The proposed Aurora design would use heat pipes to transport heat from the reactor core to a power conversion system, which then would be used to generate electricity. The NRC staff began pre-application discussions with Oklo in November 2016.
 
The NRC staff is determining whether the application has sufficient information to complete the agency’s review. If the application is determined to be complete, the staff will docket it and publish an opportunity to request a hearing on the Combined License portion of the application. Information about Combined Licenses is available on the NRC website.
 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center
 
Event Reports For
3/25/2020 - 3/26/2020
 
** EVENT NUMBERS **
 
Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation
Event Number: 54612
Rep Org: SAN ONOFRE
Licensee: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY
Region: 4
City: SAN CLEMENTE   State: CA
County: SAN DIEGO
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket: 72-41
NRC Notified By: PHYLLIS DOMINGUEZ
HQ OPS Officer: BRIAN LIN
Notification Date: 03/26/2020
Notification Time: 01:15 [ET]
Event Date: 03/25/2020
Event Time: 20:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 03/26/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
RAY KELLAR (R4DO)
 
Event Text
OFFSITE NOTIFICATION FOR SEWAGE RELEASE

"On 3/25/2020, SONGS [San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station] made required formal notifications to the California Office of Emergency Services at 2107 PDT, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Review Board at 2123 PDT, the San Diego Department of Environmental Health (CUPA) [Certified Unified Program Agency] at 2104 PDT, the National Response Center (NRC) at 2115 PDT, and the San Diego Coast Guard at 2149 PDT, concerning an approximate 7,000 gallon release of partially treated sewage to the Pacific Ocean.

"Both Sewage Treatment Plant effluent pumps were shut down and a state certified vendor is working to bring the treatment plant back to service."
… 6721; email: Ted.Smith@ nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I … for Docket ID  NRC-2020-0082. •  NRC's Agencywide Documents … evidence, consistent with the  NRC's regulations, policies, … All documents filed in NRC …

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