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Beyond Nuclear Bulletin
August 31, 2023

MAJOR WASTE VICTORY!
5th Circuit annuls CISF license
 
In a major legal victory for opponents to Interim Storage Partners' high-level radioactive waste consolidated interim storage facility in Andrews County, Texas, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled in favor of the State of Texas, and Fasken Land and Minerals, vacating the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's 2021 license approval for construction and operation. The August 25 ruling came just before the U.S. Department of Energy pushed so-called "consent-based siting" of federal CISFs at a U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board meeting in Idaho, as well as Beyond Nuclear's September 1 Opening Brief filing deadline at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in our many years' long opposition to Holtec's CISF targeted at New Mexico.

TRITIUM RELEASES OPPOSED
Environmental & health concerns grow
 
Environmentalists, political and public health officials, and the fishing industry, are coalescing around the world, calling for stricter protective actions to prevent the nuclear industry’s release of tritium -- radioactive hydrogen -- from nuclear power facilities. Massachusetts and New York officials are opposing decommissioning projects to discharge radioactive effluent into aquatic environments by Holtec International Decommissioning (HID). Holtec is now alleged to be evaporating liquid nuclear waste into the atmosphere. Internationally, the Japanese nuclear industry has started discharging millions of tons of Fukushima’s disputed radioactive effluent into the Pacific, sparking international outrage and boycotts of Japanese commerce.

ZOMBIE NUKE ALERT!
Holtec-NRC lay groundwork for restart
 
NRC met with Holtec on August 29. The webcast meeting followed those on March 20 and May 24, all devoted to charting an unprecedented pathway to restart the reactor, which supposedly closed permanently on May 22, 2022. Beyond Nuclear and other groups attended and spoke out against the astronomically expensive, very high-risk scheme. Holtec also plans to build four Small Modular Reactors at the site. This would mean both extremes of the risk spectrum, breakdown and break-in phase, and potential for domino effect multiple meltdowns, like at Fukushima Daiichi. Holtec seeks an additional $150 million in state subsidies, added to an already approved $150 million. Holtec has also applied for $8.4 billion in DOE loan guarantees for the schemes.
 
GOLDEN RULE
Lake Michigan voyage culmination
 
The Veterans For Peace Golden Rule Project is completing its 18-month "Great Loop" journey with events in Wisconsin (8/30 to 9/7 in Milwaukee and Racine), Michigan (St. Joe/Kalamazoo, 9/8-12), and Illinois (Chicago, 9/13-18). Beyond Nuclear's radioactive waste specialist, Kevin Kamps, joined the Golden Rule crew for events in Traverse City, Michigan last week, speaking and information tabling at a rally at the downtown waterfront. He is also an on-the-ground organizer for events in southwest Michigan from September 7 to 12, including concerts, information tabling, an all-day teach-in (that will also be webcast), and documentary film showings about the anti-nuke sail boat's remarkable 65-year long history.
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Complaint Alleges 1M Gallons of Wastewater Released by Cape Cod Nuclear Plant The Messenger 8.22.23
 
Environmental activists in Massachusetts say they have received a whistleblower's complaint letter alleging that the company in charge of handling nuclear materials at a decommissioning power plant has released gallons of contaminated water into the environment.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: II‑23-024 August 23, 2023
Contact: Dave Gasperson, 404-997-4417
 
NRC Proposes $87,500 Fine to BWXT
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed an $87,500 civil penalty to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group Inc. for two violations of regulatory requirements related to safety controls at its fuel fabrication facility in Lynchburg, Virginia.
 
The violations were discovered after a January 19 event when a storage tank at BWXT’s Uranium Recovery Facility overflowed, spilling uranium solution onto the floor and into a ventilation system. Two safety controls designed to prevent such a spill failed, increasing the risk of an accidental criticality. The event did not endanger the plant workers, the public, or the environment.
 
The NRC identified the proposed violations in March during an inspection that revealed an apparent breakdown of safety controls designed to prevent an accidental criticality at BWXT’s facility.
 
The NRC held a predecisional enforcement conference with BWXT on June 21, and the company provided its perspective, including the results from its root cause evaluation and corrective actions. The company’s investigation into the spill tracked the underlying reasons for the violations back to 2012.
 
The NRC reviewed BWXT’s response and determined that while previous incidents did not result in an accidental criticality, BWXT missed opportunities to identify the issues for more than 10 years. However, the NRC did credit actions BWXT has taken to strengthen safety controls in imposing the proposed fine.
 
The company has 30 days to pay the proposed penalty or contest the penalty in writing.
 
PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
 
Title: Peach Bottom and Dresden Decommissioning Presubmittal Public Meeting
 
Date(s) and Time(s): September 14, 2023, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM ET
 
Location: Webinar
 
Category: This is an Observation Meeting. This is a meeting in which attendees will have an
opportunity to observe the NRC performing its regulatory function or discussing regulatory
issues. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the NRC staff or make
comments about the issues discussed following the business portion of the meeting;
however, the NRC is not actively soliciting comments towards regulatory decisions at this
meeting.
 
Purpose: Meeting between Constellation Energy Generation, LLC and NRC to discuss an
alternative approach from the decommissioning schedule requirements in 10 CFR
50.82(a)(3) to allow the completion of decommissioning for Peach Bottom Atomic Power
Station, Unit 1 and Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Unit 1 beyond 60 years of permanent
cessation of operations.
 
PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
 
Title: Peach Bottom and Dresden Decommissioning Presubmittal Public Meeting
 
Date(s) and Time(s): September 14, 2023, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM ET
 
Location: Webinar
 
Category: This is an Observation Meeting. This is a meeting in which attendees will have an
opportunity to observe the NRC performing its regulatory function or discussing regulatory
issues. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the NRC staff or make
comments about the issues discussed following the business portion of the meeting;
however, the NRC is not actively soliciting comments towards regulatory decisions at this
meeting.
 
Purpose: Meeting between Constellation Energy Generation, LLC and NRC to discuss an
alternative approach from the decommissioning schedule requirements in 10 CFR
50.82(a)(3) to allow the completion of decommissioning for Peach Bottom Atomic Power
Station, Unit 1 and Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Unit 1 beyond 60 years of permanent
cessation of operations.
 
NY: Governor Hochul Signs Bill to Protect the Hudson River From Indian Point Decommissioning Wastewater, New York governor press release, Aug 18, 2023. 
 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: III-23-021 August 18, 2023
Contact: Viktoria Mitlyng, 630-829-9662 Prema Chandrathil, 630-829-9663
 
NRC Proposes $8,750 Civil Penalty to VHS Harper-Hutzel Hospital
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed an $8,750 fine to VHS Harper-Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, for two violations of NRC safety requirements during the administrations of radioisotopes for treatment of liver tumors.
 
The hospital holds an NRC license for the use of nuclear material for diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine and for yttrium-90 (Y-90) microsphere administrations.
 
The first violation involved the failure to develop, implement, and maintain written procedures to provide high confidence that each administration of Y-90 microspheres was performed according to the prepared written directive. The NRC determined that while the violation involved inadequate procedures, there was no negative impact to patients who received the treatment.
 
The second violation involved the licensee’s failure to monitor the hospital staff’s exposure to radiation during administrations of Y-90 microspheres.
 
In addition, the NRC identified three violations of security requirements. Details of the security- related violations are considered sensitive and not released to the public.
 
The Harper-Hutzel Hospital documented corrective actions it has taken to prevent recurrence of the violations in a response letter.
 
The company has 30 days to either pay or contest in writing the proposed penalty.
 
Subject: Risk of cancer death after exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation underestimated, suggests nuclear industry study

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