Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-050 October 15, 2020
CONTACT: Office of Public Affairs, 301-415-8200
 
NRC 2020-2021 Information Digest Now Available Online
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published the 2020-2021 edition of its Information Digest, which describes, in plain language and with visual aids, the agency's mission, responsibilities, accomplishments and activities related to the civilian use of radioactive materials.
 
The NRC Information Digest is published annually and, beginning this year, will be available only electronically on the NRC website. This new online-edition, NUREG-1350, Volume 32, is a quick reference guide to the agency and industry in an easy-to-use format.
 
The Digest has embedded hyperlinks for ready access to additional information on major topics. The NRC graphics, figures, maps, and data sets also will be available online.
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Failure to Protect Public Safety During the COVID- 19 Public Emergency
 
In Pennsylvania, the three nuclear plants that shut down for refueling in the spring reported outside workers testing positive for COVID. At the Limerick Generating Station Montgomery County officials rejected Exelon’s coronavirus plan, and requested that the company postpone the refueling operation until it had put adequate protections in place. Exelon ignored the request.
 
Senator Katie Muth said, “Thus far, Exelon has provided an inadequate pandemic response plan, withheld information from county and state officials, and failed to prioritize the safety of its employees, contract workers, community first responders, as well as all residents of the 44th senatorial district and entire region,” Senator Muth wrote. “This is grossly irresponsible as Exelon has brought at least 1,400 workers to the epicenter of Pennsylvania’s Covid-19 pandemic.”
 
In addition, Beaver Valley, Limerick, and Susquehanna nuclear plant owners used the cover of the pandemic to collude with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delay safety repairs. Energy Harbor, Exelon and Talen Energy received permission to violate fitness for duty protections, implement forced overtime, and skip necessary inspections.  
 
Peach Bottom's refueling outage is currently underway as COVID numbers are spiking in York County. Exelon will bring in over  1,000 workers from hot spots throughout the
country. The NRC will "monitor" the refueling outage from the safety of remote locations in Bethesda and Washington.
 
Eric Epstein, Chairman of Three Mile Island, Alert, a safe-energy organization based in Harrisburg and founded in 1977, stated: The nuclear industry has exploited the pandemic to delay repairs on aging plants, eliminate emergency preparedness, and reduce safeguards. The NRC has abdicated its oversight mission, and 
embraced its role as a regulatory doormat.”
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: I-20-020 October 14, 2020
Contact: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330 Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331
 
NRC Names New Resident Inspector at Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has selected Ronald Rolph as the new resident inspector at the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in Shippingport, Pa.
 
Rolph joined the NRC in 2004 as a materials inspector in the Division of Nuclear Materials Safety at the agency’s Region I Office in King of Prussia, Pa. In 2007, he worked as a reactor health physics inspector, also in the Region I Office.
 
He became qualified as an NRC resident inspector and has performed in various acting positions as a resident inspector while also conducting health physics inspections. Most recently, he served as acting resident inspector at the Salem nuclear power plant from July through September 2020.
 
Rolph holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical science and master’s degree in information technology from Pennsylvania State University.
 
Each U.S. commercial nuclear power plant has at least two NRC resident inspectors. Rolph joins the NRC’s senior resident inspector at Beaver Valley, Gwynne Eatmon, serving as the agency’s eyes and ears at the facility, carrying out inspections, monitoring significant work projects and interacting with plant workers and the public.
 
SUBJECT:  Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Issuance of Amendment Nos. 276 and 258 Re: Revise Technical Specification 5.5.2 to Modify the Design-Basis Loss-of-Coolant Accident Analysis (EPID L-2020-LLA-0000)
ADAMS Accession No.  ML20199G749
 
Energy Harbor setting up request for Exemption with this regulation rollback
This is the setup phase.
 
Document Title:
Beaver Valley Power Station, Unit Nos. 1 and 2, Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, Unit No. 1 and Perry Nuclear Power Plant, Unit No. 1 - Request to Use Provision in Later Edition of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section XI
Document Type:
Code Relief or Alternative
Letter
Document Date:
09/28/2020

Subject:  2020/09/17 NRR E-mail Capture - Corrected Acceptance Review for Susquehanna - Revise Technical Specifications to Adopt TSTF-582, "Reactor Pressure Vessel Water Inventory Control (RPV WIC) Enhancements"  (EPID L-2020-LLA-0197)

ADAMS Accession No. ML20261H427

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: I-20-019 September 28, 2020
Contact: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330 Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331
 
NRC Names New Senior Resident Inspector at Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has selected Christopher Highley as the new senior resident inspector at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township (Luzerne County), Pa.
 
Highley joined the NRC in late 2014 as a reactor engineer in the Division of Reactor Projects in the agency’s Region I Office in King of Prussia, Pa. Since November 2015, he has served as the resident inspector at the Millstone nuclear power plant in Connecticut.
 
Prior to joining the agency, Highley served for more than 25 years in the U.S. Navy, including 11 years as an enlisted nuclear operator. His assignments included serving onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, at the Charleston Nuclear Power Training Unit and as a combat systems officer and joint planning officer with the U.S. Army’s III Corps and U.S. Forces Iraq.
 
Highley holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, with a minor in math and physics, from the University of Arizona.
 
Each U.S. commercial nuclear power plant has at least two NRC resident inspectors. Highley joins resident inspector Matt Rossi, serving as the agency’s eyes and ears at the facility, conducting inspections, monitoring significant work projects and interacting with plant workers and the public.
 
All the below are named as defendants
 
B. DEFENDANTS:

2. FIRSTENERGY CORP. is an Akron, Ohio-based public utility holding company. FirstEnergy Corp. is the parent company of FirstEnergy Service Company and former parent company of FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. FirstEnergy Corp. senior management, including its then-President and CEO Charles Jones, also served as senior officers of FirstEnergy Service Company. FirstEnergy Corp. directed and controlled the operation of FirstEnergy Service Company through this shared leadership. FirstEnergy Corp. also played an integral role in establishing and funding Partners for Progress, Inc., which is described below.

3. FIRSTENERGY SERVICE COMPANY (“FIRSTENERGY SERVICE”) is an Ohio corporation with its principal place of business in Akron, Ohio, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. At all times relevant to this Complaint, FirstEnergy Service provided administrative, management, financial, compliance, ethical, external affairs, and political and regulatory advocacy services to FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. In
 
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re: FIRSTENERGY SOLUTIONS CORP., et al., 18-50757(AMK), US District Court, NDOH ED, 18-50757amk Doc 2721-1 at 50-51. Because of this relationship, FirstEnergy Service is inextricably intertwined with FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. and the affairs of a corrupt enterprise, which is referred to herein as “The Unholy Alliance.” 4. FIRSTENERGY SOLUTIONS CORP. (“FIRSTENERGY SOLUTIONS”) was an Akron, Ohio-based operator of two financially troubled nuclear power generation stations located in the State of Ohio. FirstEnergy Solutions operated as a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. On March 31, 2018, FirstEnergy Solutions filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio. FirstEnergy Solutions continued to operate the two Ohio nuclear plants throughout 2018 and 2019. On February 27, 2020, FirstEnergy Solutions emerged from these bankruptcy proceedings as Energy Harbor Corp.
5. ENERGY HARBOR CORP. (“ENERGY HARBOR”) is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Akron, Ohio. Through bankruptcy proceedings, Energy Harbor is successor in interest to the former FirstEnergy Solutions and its nuclear power generation plants in Ohio. As successor in interest, Energy Harbor will be the direct beneficiary of House Bill 6 and the resulting subsidies. Energy Harbor stands to receive benefits in excess of $1.3 billion as the result of statutory changes contained in House Bill 6 of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly. Prior to FirstEnergy Solutions’ emergence from bankruptcy as Energy Harbor, a number of key executives now within Energy Harbor held similar positions within FirstEnergy Solutions.
 
Docketed today: FRN - Fresh and Spent Fuel Pool Criticality Analyses
Comment by: October 23, 2020
Document Title:
DG 1373 RG 1.240 Federal Register Notice - Fresh and Spent Fuel Pool Criticality Analyses
Document Type:
Federal Register Notice
Document Date:
09/02/2020

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