Water use: Susquehanna River

In December 2005, TMI Alert gave this testimony before the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: 

 According to the Environmental protection Agency (EPA), the burning of 

natural gas in combustion turbines requires water. Natural gas-fired boiler and 

Hundreds of people and organizations have filed objections.

By Patty Henetz

The Salt Lake Tribune

Oct. 27, 2009

State water officials have decided to schedule a public hearing on a proposal that would transfer water rights amounting to billions of gallons from Kane and San Juan counties to a company that wants to build a nuclear power plant at Green River.

They're going to get an earful.


Judge rules Indian Point's fish-killing cooling process must stop


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. 





 March 16, 2009


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has completed its final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2, and concluded that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude license renewal for an additional 20 years of operation. The staff has also issued a safety evaluation report (SER) that documents the interim results of the NRC staff’s review of the license renewal application and site audits of Susquehanna’s aging management programs to address the safety of plant operations during the period of extended operations. Overall, the interim results show that PPL has identified actions that have been or will be taken to manage the effects of aging in the appropriate safety systems, structures and components of the plant and that their functions will be maintained during the period of extended operation. 


TMI Alert Chairman Eric Epstein presented testimony in a civil lawsuit pertaining to the relicensing of PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station. Epstein asked that action toward relicensing the plant be put on hold until unresolved water use issues are resolved. 

To read the full complaint, and other related documents and articles, open PDF attachments: 






Why Susquehanna 3 Is A Bad Idea

By Eric Joseph Epstein
The Susquehanna Steam Electric Station (SSES) contains the nation’s
19th and 20th largest nuclear reactors. The plant currently generates 60
metric tons of nuclear waste annually. The SSES is a limited liability
corporation (“LLC”), and out of the rate base. A license extension, uprate or
additional unit, will dramatically increase the gap in radiological
decommissioning and expose taxpayers to increased financial burdens.  

Link to pdf:



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 rsweeney@timesleader.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.

A Richmond court's revocation of a water permit key to operating the North Anna nuclear power station may delay construction of a third nuclear reactor, environmental groups claimed on Feb. 23.