NRC Approves Changes to Petition-for-Rulemaking Process

NRC Approves Changes to Petition-for-Rulemaking Process

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today approved a final rule that will streamline and clarify its process for addressing petitions for rulemaking. The new rule will be published shortly in the Federal Register.

Any member of the public can petition the NRC to issue a new regulation or amend an existing one. The final rule marks the first comprehensive update to the NRC’s process for considering rulemaking petitions since the process was established in 1979. The NRC published proposed changes for comment in May 2013, and considered the comments received in finalizing the rule.

The revisions will clarify the NRC’s policies and practices at each stage of the petition-for- rulemaking process, including how the staff evaluates petitions and how it communicates information about both the status of petitions and rulemaking activities that address them. It also improves the process for resolving a rulemaking petition and for closing the petition docket, which would occur after the NRC denies a petition or initiates a rulemaking to address a petitioner’s concerns. The changes are intended to enhance the consistency, timeliness and transparency of the process and improve its efficiency.

More information about the petition-for-rulemaking process can be found on the NRC’s website.

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Pilgrim facility cuts its power

It was the fourth time in the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s 43-year history that seawater flowing through its intake pipes exceeded the 75-degree federal limit.


Sea water flowing into Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from Cape Cod Bay over the weekend reached an excessive temperature that forced the Plymouth plant to cut power and prepare for a rare shutdown, Pilgrim officials said Tuesday.

The operators of the station, which is about 35 miles south of Boston, cut power by 10 percent around 4 p.m. on Sunday to cool sea water pulled into the plant.

The plant resumed full power about 3½ hours later, and Lauren Burm, a spokeswoman for Entergy Corp., the plant’s owner, said, “the plant remained in stable condition the whole time, and there was never a threat to the public or the plant.”

Plant officials suggested that the elevated temperature — 75.09 degrees — was the result of a combination of tides and wind mixing water discharged from the plant with the water being drawn into its intake pipes.

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Quad City wind energy farms on the rise, future of Exelon questionable

"It's important not to validate or amplify Exelon's message that wind is what is causing problems for nuclear. This article makes an interesting counterpoint, highlighting the benefits wind energy provides to rural Illinois: property taxes, rent to farmers, jobs, community projects, etc. Same as what Exelon claims to do, but with the potential to do a lot more."

Tim Judson, Executive Director
Nuclear Information & Resource Service

Quad City wind energy farms on the rise, future of Exelon questionable

Wind energy is on the rise while nuclear energy is steadily falling, as officials at the Exelon Power Plant in Cordova consider closing their doors for good.

“This really is a critical time in the 41-years at the Quad Cities station where we have never been in a position where me may have premature shutdown,” said Bill Stoermer, Senior Communications Manager at Exelon in Cordova. “We really need the state legislature to act. They of course are focused on the budget and to try to get some budget resolved. We certainly understand that, however we’re going to be forced to make some decisions by the end of the year regarding our plans here in Illinois.”

At the Invenergy Wind Farm in Cambridge, Illinois on Tuesday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos started a month-long renewable energy tour and talked about how important clean energy is to the local economy.

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EPA took nuclear out of the Clean Power Plan

Thousands joined the nuclear-free, carbon-free contingent at last September’s People’s Climate March in New York City. The unexpectedly large turnout–followed by tens of thousands of comments and petitions to the EPA–helped open the agency’s eyes to first understand our position and then realize it made a lot of sense.

Yesterday, an amazing thing happened. Yes, President Obama released the first real climate action policy in the U.S. ever. But that’s not all. The incredible thing—the one that will be most important in the years to come—is … they got it basically right.

Including on nuclear power. President Obama just made it the policy of the United States that nuclear power is not a viable climate solution. And not just that, but renewable energy can replace nuclear power just like it can replace fossil fuels.

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PA DEP News Release : Clean Power Plan Presents New Opportunities for Pennsylvania Energy

Clean Power Plan Presents New Opportunities for Pennsylvania Energy

HARRISBURG, PA -- The Environmental Protection Agency today released the Clean Power Plan.  Pennsylvania will use this as an opportunity to write a plan that could improve public health, address climate change, and improve our economy and power system.  Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection will give all stakeholders every opportunity to provide input into drafting a Clean Power Plan that is tailored to fit Pennsylvania’s economy.

“My administration is committed to making the Clean Power Plan work for Pennsylvania," said Governor Wolf. "Working with the legislature, industry leaders and citizens we will create a plan to ensure these new rules are applied fairly, allow for adjustments, and that they create economic opportunities for the commonwealth's energy economy. Today's plan sets ambitious but achievable goals for reducing carbon emissions statewide and addressing climate change in fair and smart ways that takes into account legitimate concerns of all parties."

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Three Mile Island News Release


LONDONDERRY TWP., Pa. (Aug. 3, 2015) — Exelon Generation announced today that Edward Callan has been named site vice president at Three Mile Island Generating Station. Callan has more than 30 years of nuclear experience at Exelon. The site vice president leads a team of approximately 700 highly skilled employees and manages all aspects of plant operations. Callan replaces Rick Libra, who was recently named site vice president at Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station in Pottstown, Pa.

Before becoming Three Mile Island’s site vice president, Callan served as vice president of outage planning and services for Exelon’s fleet of 23 reactors.  Prior to that role, Callan served as vice president of nuclear oversight, vice president of mid-atlantic operations and plant manager of Limerick Generating Station.

“I look forward to the new role and working with Three Mile Island’s team of talented and dedicated employees,” said Callan. “I’m committed to building on the many solid relationships we have forged with residents, local officials and community leaders in the central Pennsylvania area.”

Callan holds a MBA from Drexel University and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Widener University.   He was licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a senior reactor operator at Limerick.

Three Mile Island Generating Station is located approximately 12 miles south of Harrisburg.   The plant produces enough carbon-free electricity to power approximately 800,000 homes.

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Incident Chronology at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Plant: 1974 - 2014

March 2, 2015 - Joseph Tolle awakened to see a refrigerator still plugged into the wall, swinging above his head. The refrigerator had been on a shelf situated 8 feet high in the security office in the watchtower. The former armed security officer described how that shelf and part of a wall collapsed, causing the refrigerator to fall on his head. "I woke up on the floor and was dizzy and had a headache. My back was hurting. I was knocked unconscious for a period of time," the 26-year-old from Lancaster testified during a Feb. 18 workers' compensation hearing in Lancaster. Tolle was working for Exelon Corp.'s Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in southern York County when the October incident occurred<>. The company had denied his initial claim and so Tolle is pursuing his claim before Judge Robert J. Goduto at a workers' compensation hearing. During the hearing, both parties presented Tolle testified about the incident, had his medical history combed through and explained his current condition. Tolle and Exelon can settle before the judge holds a final hearing in July.

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Incident Chronology at Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Berwick

Feb. 14, 2014 - The NRC issued a report of its quarterly inspection of Units 1 and 2 for the period October through December 2013. In the report, the NRC found three findings of very low safety significance treated as non-cited violations. There also was a licensee-identified violation determined to be of very low safety significance.

One finding involved procedures that could complicate an internal flooding event. Specifically, the NRC said procedures from PPL, the plant operator, “directed operators to enter a flooded room to assess the extent and source of the flooding,” an action that could flood adjacent rooms. PPL entered the matter into its corrective action program.

The second finding was PPL’s failure to ensure that all testing needed to demonstrate the performance of various systems was “identified and performed in accordance with written test procedures.” Specifically, the NRC noted, PPL “did not ensure that secondary containment integrity was tested in all required configurations.”

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Incident Chronology at TMI from NRC: 1979 - 2014

Feb. 10, 2014 – The NRC issued a report on its quarterly inspection of Unit 1 at Three Mile Island. The report covers the fourth quarter from October through December 2013.

In the report, the NRC said it identified two findings of very low safety significance that were being treated as non-cited violations. There also was a licensee-identified violation, also determined to be of very low safety significance that was treated as a non-cited violation.

One NRC finding involved plant operator Exelon’s failure to establish “an adequate program that leak tested components penetrating the primary containment pressure boundary.” Specifically, the NRC said, Exelon “failed to perform leak rate testing of the reactor building normal closed loop cooling piping and failed to identify the degraded piping condition that impacted the containment isolation function.”

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Study Says Psychological Health The Major Victim In Nuclear Accidents

I'm extremely skeptical of what is most likely more pro-nuke BS. Just what they said after Three Mile Island when alpha and beta emissions weren't even measured and to this day no one kows how much radiation was released from TMI nor IAEA's former claim of 31 nuclear murders from Chernobyl now upped to 4,000 or 8,000 projected out over time while the 2010 New Academy Of Sciences Book on Chernobyl radiation murders claims with access to Russian and other former USSR Republic epidemiology that 985,000 nuclear murders had taken place there as of 2004.

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