Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Withdrawal of Order EA-12-049, "Order Modifying Licenses with Regard to Requirements for Mitigation Strategies for Beyond Design Basis External Events" (EPID L-2019-JLD-0018)

ADAMS Accession No. ML19318E145

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Issuance of Amendment Nos. 274 and 256 to Revise Shutdown Margin Definition to Address Advanced Fuel (TSTF-535, Revision 0) (EPID L-2019-LLA-0154)

ADAMS Accession No. ML19336D064

DEP Newsroom
 
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01/6/2020
 
CONTACT:
Deb Klenotic, DEP
717-783-9954
Nate Wardle, DOH
717-346-4704
 

Harrisburg, PA – Students at Dingman-Delaware Middle School in Pike County are helping to encourage Pennsylvanians to do a simple home test for radon in January, National Radon Action Month. This invisible, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
 
Radon occurs from the breakdown of uranium in the ground. It enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. 
 
“Because of Pennsylvania’s geology, there are high radon levels in locations around the state, putting residents at risk of exposure,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Fortunately, it’s simple to determine the radon level in your home using an inexpensive test.”
 
DEP Newsroom
 
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01/3/2020
 
CONTACT:
Elizabeth Rementer, DEP
717-787-1323
 
Department Collects One of the Largest Civil Penalties in Single Settlement History
 
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it has issued a $30.6 million civil penalty to ETC Northeast Pipeline (ETC) for violations related to the 2018 Revolution Pipeline explosion and fire. The penalty is one of the largest civil penalties collected in a single settlement.
 
“ETC’s lack of oversight during construction of the Revolution Pipeline and their failure to comply with DEP’s October 2018 compliance order demanded serious accountability. Their inaction led directly to this unprecedented civil penalty,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP is committed to holding permittees accountable for permit compliance and will continue to provide active and stringent oversight over the construction of their projects. Permittees are obligated to ensure that their projects are constructed without incident and in full compliance with permits. If a permittee fails to do so, they will be held accountable.”
 
Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 – Acceptance of Requested Licensing Action Re: Amendment Request to Remove Permanently Defueled Technical Specification 3/4.1.4 (EPID L-2019-LLA-0250)
 
ADAMS Accession No. ML19347B031
 
Braidwood 1 and 2, Byron 1 and 2, Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2, Clinton 1, Dresden 1, 2, and 3, FitzPatrick, LaSalle 1 and 2, Limerick 1 and 2, Nine Mile 1 and 2, Peach Bottom 1, 2 and 3, Quad Cities 1 and 2, and Ginna - Review of Quality Assurance Program Changes (EPID L-2019-LLQ-0003)
 
ADAMS Accession No. ML19350A830
 
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station – NRC Investigation Report No. 1-2018-011 and Notice of Violation
 
ADAMS Accession No. ML20007D652
 

Fact-check: Five claims about thorium made by Andrew Yang

By John KrzyzaniakNicholas R. Brown, December 18, 2019

Andrew YangAndrew Yang at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Andrew Yang, like many of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, has an ambitious plan to wean America off of fossil fuels. Unlike many of the other candidates, however, a key piece of his plan to address climate change involves harnessing nuclear power—in particular thorium. According to Yang, thorium is “superior to uranium on many levels.” But Yang isn’t alone; thorium boosters have been extolling its supposed virtues for years.

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