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Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release 
No: 22-023 June 22, 2022
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200
NRC Amends Licensing, Inspection, and Annual Fees for Fiscal Year 2022
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is amending its regulations for the licensing, inspection, special projects, and annual fees it will charge applicants and licensees for fiscal year 2022.
The FY 2022 final fee rule, published today in the Federal Register, includes fees required by the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act necessary to recover, to the maximum extent practicable, approximately 100 percent of the NRC’s total budget authority for FY 2022, less the budget authority for excluded activities. A proposed fee rule was published for public comment on Feb. 23.
The FY 2022 final fee rule reflects a total budget authority of $887.7 million, an increase of $43.3 million from FY 2021. After accounting for exclusions from the fee-recovery requirement and net billing adjustments, the NRC must recover approximately $752.7 million in fees in FY 2022. Of this amount, approximately $198.8 million will be recovered through fees for services (Part 170), and approximately $553.9 million will be recovered through annual fees (Part 171).
Compared to FY 2021, annual fees are decreasing for fuel facilities, spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning activities, and for a uranium recovery facility licensee. Annual fees are increasing for operating power reactors, non-power production or utilization facilities, the U.S. Department of Energy Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act Program, DOE transportation activities, and for 47 materials users fee categories. While the operating power reactors annual fee is increasing in FY 2022, it does not exceed the annual fee cap established by NEIMA. Generally, annual fees are impacted by changes to the budget, fees for services, the number of licensees, and other factors.
The final fee rule also includes a change in the hourly rate charged for services, affecting licensees and applicants. The NRC has increased its hourly rate from $288 to $290 for FY 2022 and has adjusted license application fees accordingly.
The NRC estimates that the FY 2022 annual fees will be paid by the 93 licensees of operating commercial power reactors, three non-power production or utilization facilities, 122 spent nuclear fuel storage and decommissioning reactor facilities, eight fuel cycle facilities, one uranium recovery facility, and approximately 2,500 nuclear materials licensees.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center


06/21/2022 - 06/22/2022



Power Reactor

Event Number: 55953

Facility: Beaver Valley
Region: 1     State: PA
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: Shawn W. Keener
HQ OPS Officer: Bill Gott

Notification Date: 06/21/2022
Notification Time: 16:52 [ET]
Event Date: 06/21/2022
Event Time: 15:47 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/21/2022

Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - Offsite Notification

Person (Organization):
Gray, Mel (R1DO)

Power Reactor Unit Info

Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 15 Power Operation 15 Power Operation

Event Text


The following information was provided by the licensee via fax or email:

"At 1547 EDT on June 21, 2022, it was determined that Beaver Valley Power Station Unit No. 1 experienced a reportable chemical leak. Approximately 261 gallons of a Sodium Hypochlorite/Sodium Bromine mixture reached the ground and approximately 130.5 gallons (of the 261 gallons) progressed to the Ohio River (via storm drain). The source of the leakage has been isolated and absorbent material has been placed to contain the leakage. Following confirmation of this leakage, notifications were made to the following offsite agencies starting at 1615 EDT:

"National Response Center (Incident Report # 1339391)
"Pennsylvania Department Of Environmental Protection
"Beaver County Emergency Management

"This condition is being reported as a four-hour, non-emergency notification per 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release 
No: IV-22-010 June 21, 2022
Contact: Victor Dricks, 817-200-1128

NRC to Meet with U.S. Air Force Officials During Regulatory Conference
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with representatives of the U.S. Air Force on June 30 to discuss apparent violations associated with the use of radioactive materials.
The virtual meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Central time. NRC staff and representatives from the Air Force will meet at the NRC’s Region IV office in Arlington, Texas. The public will be able to observe the meeting via Microsoft Teams or listen by calling 301-576-2978, conference code 728313416#. NRC staff will answer questions from the public before closing the event to public observation to discuss security-related matters.
The NRC identified 14 apparent violations of NRC requirements during inspections conducted Oct. 26-28, 2021, at the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency’s facility in Falls Church, Virginia; and Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 22, 2021, at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These inspections reviewed activities authorized under the Department of the Air Force’s Master Materials License.
The apparent violations being considered for escalated enforcement involved: four failures related to the implementation of the Master Materials License; seven failures related to the environmental use of thorium-232 source material at Kirtland Air Force Base; and three failures related to NRC’s security requirements.
During this conference, Air Force officials will have the opportunity to provide their perspective or additional information regarding the apparent violations before the agency makes its final enforcement decision. Air Force officials will also discuss corrective actions taken and planned to address the issues and prevent recurrence.
No decisions will be made during the meeting. The NRC will review the information and finalize its determination in approximately 60 days following the conference, which will be publicly available.

Date: 06/08/2022
Title: Letter to D. Rhoades from A. Snyder - Three Mile Island Unit 1 - Exemption - Use of the Decommissioning Trust Fund for Site Restoration
To:   - Mr. David P. Rhoades, Constellation Energy
From:   - Amy Snyder, NMSS/DUWP/RDB

Documents in Web-based ADAMS:
   - Letter to D. Rhoades from A. Snyder - TMI Unit 1 - Exemption - Use of Decommissioning Trust Fund for Site Restoration (ML22126A143)https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML22126A143
To access document(s) please search by accession number using the following link: https://adams.nrc.gov/wba/
Peach Bottom, Units 2 and 3 - Security Baseline Inspection Report 05000277/2022402 and 05000278/2022402 and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Security Inspection Report 07200029/2022401 (Cover Letter Only)
ADAMS Accession No.  ML22166A034


Date: 06/01/2022

Title: Three Mile Island Station, Unit 1 - Finding of No Significant Impact with the Associated Environmental Assessment Replated to using Decomm Trust Fund for Site Restoration

To:   - Mr. David P. Rhoades, Constellation Energy

From:   - Amy Snyder, NMSS/DUWP/RDB

Documents in Web-based ADAMS:

   - Letter to D Rhoades from A Snyder TMI Unit 1 Finding of No Significant Impact with Associated Environmental Assessment Related to Using Decomm Trust Fund for Site Restoration (ML22126A060) https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML22...

  - Three Mile Island Unit 1 - Finding of No Significant Impact with the Associated Environmental Assessment Related to Using Decomm Trust Fund for Site Restoration (ML22126A064) https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML22...

To access document(s) please search by accession number using the following link: https://adams.nrc.gov/wba/

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: I-22-007 May 26, 2022
Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330
Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331

NRC Schedules Webinar to Discuss 2021 Safety Performance at
Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania Nuclear Power Plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will hold a public webinar on June 8 to discuss the agency’s annual assessment of safety performance at nuclear power plants in Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The performance of 17 nuclear power reactors will be addressed during the virtual session. They are: Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2, in Lusby, Maryland, operated by Constellation Nuclear; Salem 1 and 2 and Hope Creek, in Hancocks Bridge, New Jersey, operated by PSEG; Nine Mile Point 1 and 2 and FitzPatrick, in Scriba, New York, and Ginna, in Ontario Township, New York, operated by Constellation Nuclear; Beaver Valley 1 & 2, in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, operated by Energy Harbor Nuclear; Susquehanna 1 & 2, in Salem Township, Pennsylvania, operated by Talen Energy; Limerick 1 & 2, in Limerick, Pennsylvania, and Peach Bottom 2 & 3, in Delta, Pennsylvania, operated by Constellation Nuclear.
The purpose of the webinar is to provide information regarding the plants’ safety performance in 2021 and the NRC’s oversight activities at the facilities. The online meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. Participants will be able to access the meeting after completing this registration form. The Microsoft Teams link will then be sent to them. For those without access to the internet, the teleconference number is 301-576-2978, passcode 332395799 #. Attendees will be able to view slides prepared by NRC staff and ask questions either orally or in writing. The slides will be available in the agency’s online documents system known as  .
All of the plants to be discussed operated safely in 2021, with inspection findings and performance indicators for each unit assessed as “green,” or of very low safety significance, at the end of the year. As a result, each of those plants in 2022 will receive the normal level of oversight, which entails thousands of hours of inspection each year.
The Reactor Oversight Process uses color-coded inspection findings and indicators to describe plant performance. The colors start at green and increase to white, yellow or red, commensurate with the safety significance of the issues involved. Inspection findings or performance indicators with more than very low safety significance trigger increased NRC oversight.
Inspections are performed by NRC resident inspectors assigned to each of the plants and specialists from the agency’s Region I Office in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
The annual assessment letters for the plants, as well as the webinar notice, are available on the NRC website. Current plant performance indicators for all of the units are also available on the website and are updated on a quarterly basis.