Bell Bend


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 

uprating the plant in 2001.


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. 



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. 


 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



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
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.