FORTHCOMING MEETING WITH EXELON NUCLEAR REGARDING PROPOSED AMENDMENT REQUEST TO MODIFY SPENT FUEL POOL STORAGE RACKS AT PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNITS 2 AND 3

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The German affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War has published a report on the health effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 25 years after the accident. The authors conclude that the genetic defects caused by Chernobyl will continue to trouble the world for a long time to come - with most of the effects not becoming apparent until the second or third generation.

To read the full report, click here.
 

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Join us on Wednesday, May 4
Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg, Valentine Hall 206
 
7:00   Gettysburg Area DFA Annual Meeting and Election of Officers
7:15  Gettysburg Conversation - Bring your questions and comments!
 
What is the Future of Nuclear Power After Fukushima?
Special Guests:
Eric Epstein, Chairman of Three Mile Island Alert
Pat Naugle, nuclear engineer, advisor to Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Moderated by Elaine Jones, Gettysburg DFA Chair  

 

Sample questions:

  • We have 104 nuclear power reactors in the US today. What impact should Fukushima have on our nuclear power industry?      
  • What are the environmental consequences of NOT using nuclear power? How does nuclear power compare to coal and other sources of electricity?    
  • Where is the radioactive waste stored now? Have we really solved this problem?

 
We are honored to have two very knowledgeable guests who will begin our conversation.
Eric Epstein, Chairman of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., (tmia.com), a safe-energy organization based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was founded in 1977. TMIA monitors Peach Bottom, Susquehanna, and Three Mile Island nuclear generating stations.  
 
Eric is the coordinator of  the EFMR Monitoring, Inc., a nonpartisan community based organization established in 1992.  EFMR monitors radiation levels at Peach Bottom and Three Mile Island nuclear generating stations, invests in community development, and sponsors remote robotics research.  The group has also intervened at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to protect the economic interests of Pennsylvania rate payers.
 
Eric is a board member of the Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylvania  which  supports and finances renewable energy development, green building, energy efficiency, and alternative fuels.
 
Pat Naugle graduated from Lafayette College in 1970 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and received an MBA from Widener University in 1982.  Pat worked for Philadelphia Electric Company (now Exelon) for 28 years before retiring in 1998.  Since his retirement he has taught economics and finance at Eastern University, and is presently working on contract to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission reviewing water withdrawal requests for Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant.
 
During most of his career, he worked in construction of substations and power plants.  From 1974 to 1989 he worked on Limerick Generating Station, Units 1 and 2.  The Limerick units are GE designed boiling water reactors (BWR) similar to the Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan.  Early in his career, he worked on Peach Bottom units 2 and 3, which are BWRs and are the same basic design as the Fukushima plants.
 
Pat is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but spends most of his time as a volunteer.  He is now the President of the Land Conservancy of Adams County, was the past president of the Watershed Alliance of Adams County, and is on the Boards of Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve and the Adams County Conservation District.

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PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNITS 2 AND 3­ WITHDRAWAL OF AN AMENDMENT REQUEST (TAC NOS. ME3598 AND ME3599)

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Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Unit Nos. 2 and 3 – Eratta for Exemption From Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G for the Use of Operator Manual Actions (TAC Nos. ME8055 and ME8056)
 
Download: ADAMS Accession No.: ML111110677

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PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION:  NRC COMPONENT DESIGN BASES INSPECTION REPORT 05000277/2011007 AND 05000278/2011007

Download: ADAMS Accession No. ML111150200

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From Kyodo News:

Japan's multi-billion-yen system for predicting the dispersal of radioactive materials has proven to be of not much help in the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, drawing sharp criticism of the government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

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From All Things Nuclear:

In November 1992, Don Prevatte and I submitted a report to the NRC regarding our concerns with spent fuel pools at boiling water reactors (BWRs), of which 35 are operating in the US. We had been consultants working on a team to evaluate the proposed increase in the maximum power level of the two BWRs at the Susquehanna nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. My assignments included the spent fuel pool cooling and cleanup system while Don’s assignments included the reactor building ventilation system. While reviewing each other’s work, we uncovered a problem.

The spent fuel pool for nearly all US BWRs is located inside the reactor building, which also fully encloses the reactor containment building. The reactor building ventilation system was designed to cool rooms and areas in event of an accident to protect emergency equipment from damage caused by high air temperatures.

The design calculation for the reactor building ventilation system considered heat emitted by operating motors, heat emanating from piping filled with hot water, and heat given off by incandescent light bulbs. Collectively, these heat sources amounted to 5.2 million BTUs per hour (a British Thermal Unit, or BTU, is defined as the amount of heat needed to increase the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit).

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PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNIT NOS. 2 AND 3 - ERATTA FOR EXEMPTION FROM TITLE 10 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, PART 50, APPENDIX R, SECTION III.G FOR THE USE OF OPERATOR MANUAL ACTIONS (TAC NOS. ME8055 AND ME8056)

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The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will-meet with the public to discuss the NRC's assessment of safety performance at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station 'for 2010, as described in the annual assessment letter dated March 4,2011. The NRC will respond to questions on specific performance issues at the plant and our role in ensuring safe plant operations.

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