Eric Epstein, Chairman of Three Mile Island Alert, contends PPL's application for a license to construct a nuclear reactor at Bell Bend near Berwick, Pa. leaves at least four serious matters in need of attention.
Epstein contends that the federally required funds to decommission (close down) a plant are inadequate.
He also told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that PPL's has no solid plan for how to dispose of low-level radioactive waste.
Statement of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. on the
Relicensing the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station
November 28, 2009
The NRC’s review and approval of the Susquehanna
application has taken much longer than the usual 22 to 30
months for a renewal request due to the NRC’s request for
additional information. Susquehanna's license renewal took
39 months, and included a $500,000 fine issued by the
Susquehanna River Basin Commission for improperly
Who should be considered an affected person or party, and allowed standing, when it comes to challenging the licensing of nuclear power plants?
Three Mile Island-Alert Chairman and Harrisburg resident Eric Epstein lives just over 50 miles -- and downriver near the Susquehanna -- from the Bell Bend site where PPL is seeking to place a new nuclear reactor. He was told he is not entitled to the legal standing to challenge the operating license, but he is appealing that decision.
To read his appeal, open pdf:
TMI-Alert's Eric Epstein and nuclear activist Gene Stilp discuss, with the Patriot-News editorial board, nuclear power, electrical deregulation, alternative energy and their challenges to PPL's application to construct a new nuclear reactor at Bell Bend near Berwick, Pa.
On December 22, 2008 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission accepted
PPL Bell Bend LLC, (1) Combined License Application (“COL” or "COLA") for an
Evolutionary Power Reactor (“EPR”) at the Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant
Aug. 10, 2008
BY ROBERT SWIFT
HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF
BERWICK — On a hazy summer day, a pair of anglers fish for bass and panfish on a man-made lake in PPL’s Susquehanna Riverlands wildlife habitat.
Above them, the massive cooling towers of the Susquehanna nuclear plant billow white plumes of vapor, the byproduct of millions of gallons of water the two reactors consume daily from the river to cool the intense heat generated by the nuclear fission process.
Susquehanna station Watchdog petition targeted power plant’s use of river water
June 11, 2008
Challenge to nuke nixed
By Rory Sweeney email@example.com Staff Writer
A federal court judge dismissed on Monday a petition to review water usage increases at the Susquehanna nuclear power station because it had been filed a day too late.
Eric Epstein, who heads the Harrisburg-based nuclear-watchdog group Three Mile Island Alert, had petitioned the court to decide whether the Susquehanna River Basin Commission erred when it ruled in September 2007 that the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station could withdraw more water for a power increase at the station. The station is in Salem Township.