Did you catch "The Meltdown: Three Mile Island" on Netflix?
TMI remains a danger and TMIA is working hard to ensure the safety of our communities and the surrounding areas.
Learn more on this site and support our efforts. Join TMIA or sign up to receive our newsletter. To contact the TMIA office, call 717-233-7897.


Former U.S. NRC Senior Resident Inspector Found Guilty of Making False Statements

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—As a result of a joint investigation between the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Public Integrity Section, a former NRC Senior Resident Inspector pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, before the Honorable Norman K. Moon, to making false statements on NRC inspection reports.  Such false statements violate 18 U.S.C. § 1001, a federal crime that carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.

The former employee, Gregory Croon, 60, of Clarksville, Tennessee, produced intentionally falsified inspection reports when he worked as the NRC’s senior resident inspector at the North Anna Power Station in Mineral, Virginia, between 2016 and 2018; he retired from the NRC in 2020. 

“The accuracy of NRC inspection reports is critical to the NRC’s oversight of licensees’ safe operation of nuclear power plants around the nation,” said NRC Inspector General Robert J. Feitel.  “Croon’s false statements could have jeopardized that safety oversight function.”

NRC OIG Special Agent Adam Tierney, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Todd Walter, Technical Advisor Terri Spicher, and DOJ trial attorneys conducted the extensive investigation, which included numerous interviews of both NRC and licensee personnel, and the comprehensive review of NRC and licensee records.  Sentencing in the case is scheduled for March 7, 2022. 

“The combined efforts of the NRC OIG special agents and our law enforcement partners yielded an appropriate and just result in this case.  Nonetheless, it is vital to remember that we must all remain vigilant, watch for fraudulent activity, and report it promptly,” said Feitel.

The OIG has a responsibility to independently and objectively conduct audits and investigations to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the NRC’s programs and operations.

PDF iconNRC OIG Press Release_SRI Guilty_12132021.pdf
Subject:  Summary of November 16, 2021, Meeting with Exelon Generation Company, LLC Regarding a Planned Request for an Alternative to Extend the Inservice Inspection Interval (EPID L-2021-LRM-0103)

ADAMS Accession No.:  ML21333A153
Using Web-based ADAMS, select “Advanced Search”
Under “Property,” select “Accession Number”
Under “Value,” enter the Accession Number
Click Search
Document Title:  Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit 3 - Subsequent Request for Additional Information re: License Amendment Request to Revise Licensing Basis for New Auxiliary Lifting Device (E-mail dated 12/3/2021) (EPID L-2020-LLA-0051)
Document Type:  E-Mail
                            Request for Additional Information (RAI)
Document Date:  12/03/2021
Please peruse Abstract of NUREG-1055 1984 Report to Congress on Quality Assurance entitled:

Improving Quality and the Assurance of Quality in the Design and Construction of Nuclear Power Plants A Report to Congress (NUREG-1055) https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML0630/ML063000293.pdf 

At the request of Congress, NRC conducted a study of existing and alternative programs for improving quality and the assurance of quality in the design and construction of commercial nuclear power plants. A primary focus of the study was to determine the underlying causes of major quality-related problems in the construction of some nuclear power plants and the untimely detection and correction of these problems. The study concluded that the root cause for major quality-related problems was the failure or inability of some utility managements to effectively implement a management system that ensured adequate control over all aspects of the project. These management shortcoming arose in part from inexperience on the part of some project teams in the construction of nuclear power plants. NRC's past licensing and inspection practices did not adequately screen construction permit applicants for overall capability to manage or provide effective management oversight over the construction project.

The study recommends a number of improvements in industry and NRC programs. For industry, the study recommends self-imposed rising standards of excellence, treatment of quality assurance as a management tool, not a substitute for management, improved trend analysis and identification of root causes of quality problems, and a program of comprehensive third party audits of present and future construction projects. To improve NRC programs, the study recommends a heavier emphasis on team inspections and resident inspectors, an enhanced review of new applicant's capabilities to construct commercial nuclear power plants, more attention to management issues, improved diagnostic and trending capabilities, improved quality and quality assurance for operating reactors, and development of guidance to facilitate the prioritization of quality assurance measures commensurate with the importance of plant structures, systems, and components to the achievement of safety. This document should prove of value in critiquing the proposed changes in Quality Assurance in 2021

Thank you for review/consideration

Michael J. Keegan
Don't Waste Michigan

NRC Accepts Application for Kairos Construction Permit

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review an application from Kairos Power for a permit to construct a test reactor at a site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Kairos submitted the first portion of the application on Sept. 29, and the remainder on Oct. 31.
The Kairos application seeks to build the company’s “Hermes” test reactor. The 35-megawatt, non-power reactor would use molten salt to cool the reactor core, providing operational data to support development of a larger version meant for a commercial nuclear power plant. The company will be required to submit a separate application for an operating license in the future.
Accepting the application for review, or “docketing,” does not indicate whether the Commission will approve or reject the construction permit request. Additional information regarding new reactor licensing and specific information on the review of the Hermes application is available on the NRC website.
Beginning in March 2018, Kairos engaged in extensive pre-application activities with the NRC staff to address key aspects of the Hermes design. Because of this constructive engagement, the agency was able to establish a shortened review schedule of 21 months. Barring unforeseen delays, the staff expects to complete its environmental and safety reviews by September 2023.
The NRC will soon publish in the Federal Register a notice of acceptance and docketing. A future Federal Register notice will provide an opportunity to intervene in an adjudicatory hearing.
Subject: Re: NRC Proceeding "Exelon Generation Company, LLC"
**EIE Update**  Due to certain NRC computer security enhancements the process to open submissions having more than one attachment has had to be changed. Now, after opening the link in the e-mail and validating their certificate, users will see a page with a button saying “Download Attachments". Selecting that button will cause the attached .zip file to be downloaded to the users' computer. Thereafter, the files can be opened using the normal protocol.  **EIE Update**
Re: NRC Proceeding "Exelon Generation Company, LLC"
The Office of the Secretary has received a Submission entitled
submitted by Susan Satter who is affiliated with Illinois Attorney General's Office.  It contains 1 attachment(s).
It is intended for inclusion in the referenced proceeding. It was submitted through the NRC Electronic Information Exchange (EIE) system and arrived on 11/24/2021 at 06.00 PM.
As a hearing participant, you are entitled to view and/or retrieve this Submission by visiting the following web link.  
NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HEARING REQUEST AND PETITION FOR LEAVE TO INTERVENE - https://eie.nrc.gov/eie/adj/downloadAttachment.eie?submissionId=56312&do... (122 KB)

If the submission contains 2 or more attachments, they will be delivered to you as a single compressed zip file from which you may open the attachments. The delivery model works best with the free download product named "SecureZip".  This is the product used in the screen shots in the Adjudicatory User's Guide. Other compression products will work but the access steps may vary.
The link will remain active for 30 day(s) after which its contents will be removed from the EIE system. Not later than 3 days from the date of this message the attachment(s) will also be available through NRC Electronic Hearing Docket (EHD) web site. The web link for this site is: https://adams.nrc.gov/ehd and the documents can be located by browsing in the appropriate hearing folder.
Receipt of this message constitutes completion of service of this filing.
PARTIES SERVED WITH THIS SUBMISSION:  Black, Amanda M.; Castellon, Krupskaya T.; Clark, Brooke P.; Docket, Hearing; Domeyer, Tamra; Epstein, Eric; Eskelsen, Grant; Hampton, Georgiann E.; Heck, Jared K.; Kearney, Margrethe; Krause, Emily I.; Lighty, Ryan K.; Naber, Anita G.; Newell, Brian P.; ocaamail, ocaamail; Polonsky, Alex; Ross, Peter; Roth, David E.; Satter, Susan; Shaw, Noah; Sola, Clara I; Speiser, Herald; Vrahoretis, Susan H.; Wachutka, Jeremy L.
Dear No Nuke Community
NRC's Semiannual Status Report on the Licensing Activities 
This Zip file of 3 provides NRC overview and status of Rule Makings
Michael J. Keegan
Don't Waste Michigan

11-16-21 Letter to the Honorable Edward Markey, et al., from NRC Chairman Hanson, submits the NRC's Semiannual Status Report on the Licensing Activities and Regulatory Duties of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, April 1 to September 30, 2021---

Dear Eric,

Breaking! This morning, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act which still includes over $35 billion in nuclear bailouts for corrupt corporations. Now the bill heads to the Senate where we have one more chance to STOP the nuclear bailout!

Tell the Senate “No Nuclear Subsidies in the Build Back Better Act!”

The BBBA is our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in real climate solutions and environmental justice. Speak up and demand that your Senators remove the nuclear subsidies once and for all and take action towards a just transition to a 100% renewable energy future - carbon-free and nuclear-free.

Demand that your Senators CANCEL the Nuclear PTC and Invest BBBA Dollars in a Just Transition to 100% Renewable Energy

Thank you and be well,
The NIRS Team
Diane D'Arrigo

Denise Jakosberg

Tim Judson

Ann McCann

Hannah Smay
NRC Terminates Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant License
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has terminated the license for the Humboldt Bay Power Plant, Unit 3, in California and released the site for unrestricted use. The termination comes after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. successfully decommissioned the facility to meet the NRC’s radiation protection standards.
Humboldt Bay Unit 3 was a boiling water reactor operated by PG&E from 1963 to 1976. Units 1 and 2 at the site, located approximately 4 miles from Eureka, California, in Humboldt County, were fossil fuel power plants that were previously decommissioned. PG&E currently operates a separate fossil fuel plant adjacent to the site.
Unit 3’s independent spent fuel storage installation will remain under a separate NRC license. PG&E remains responsible for the security and protection of the storage facility and is required to maintain $53.3 million in liability insurance coverage until the fuel has been removed from the storage facility site. PG&E also is responsible for safely decommissioning the storage facility site once the fuel is gone.
PG&E submitted final status surveys of the Unit 3 site and requested license termination in October. The NRC staff evaluated the surveys, conducted inspections, and reviewed confirmatory analyses before concluding the site meets NRC criteria for license termination for unrestricted use.
The NRC’s safety evaluation report of PG&E’s request to release the site will be available through the NRC website.