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Elizabeth Rementer, DEP
Department Collects One of the Largest Civil Penalties in Single Settlement History
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it has issued a $30.6 million civil penalty to ETC Northeast Pipeline (ETC) for violations related to the 2018 Revolution Pipeline explosion and fire. The penalty is one of the largest civil penalties collected in a single settlement.
“ETC’s lack of oversight during construction of the Revolution Pipeline and their failure to comply with DEP’s October 2018 compliance order demanded serious accountability. Their inaction led directly to this unprecedented civil penalty,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP is committed to holding permittees accountable for permit compliance and will continue to provide active and stringent oversight over the construction of their projects. Permittees are obligated to ensure that their projects are constructed without incident and in full compliance with permits. If a permittee fails to do so, they will be held accountable.”
Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 – Acceptance of Requested Licensing Action Re: Amendment Request to Remove Permanently Defueled Technical Specification 3/4.1.4 (EPID L-2019-LLA-0250)
ADAMS Accession No. ML19347B031
Braidwood 1 and 2, Byron 1 and 2, Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2, Clinton 1, Dresden 1, 2, and 3, FitzPatrick, LaSalle 1 and 2, Limerick 1 and 2, Nine Mile 1 and 2, Peach Bottom 1, 2 and 3, Quad Cities 1 and 2, and Ginna - Review of Quality Assurance Program Changes (EPID L-2019-LLQ-0003)
ADAMS Accession No. ML19350A830
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station – NRC Investigation Report No. 1-2018-011 and Notice of Violation
ADAMS Accession No. ML20007D652

Fact-check: Five claims about thorium made by Andrew Yang

By John KrzyzaniakNicholas R. Brown, December 18, 2019

Andrew YangAndrew Yang at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Andrew Yang, like many of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, has an ambitious plan to wean America off of fossil fuels. Unlike many of the other candidates, however, a key piece of his plan to address climate change involves harnessing nuclear power—in particular thorium. According to Yang, thorium is “superior to uranium on many levels.” But Yang isn’t alone; thorium boosters have been extolling its supposed virtues for years.

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Acceptance Of Requested Licensing Action Re: Amendment Request To Remove Cyber Security License Condition (EPID L-2019-LLA-0251)
ADAMS Accession No:  ML19343A787
Summary of November 20, 2019, Meeting with Exelon Generation Company, LLC Regarding a Planned Request to Revise the Quality Assurance Program (EPID L-2019-LRM-0086)
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Issuance of Relief Request Re:  Examination of Standby Liquid Control Nozzle Inside Radius Section in Lieu of Specific ASME Code Requirements  (EPID L-2019-LLR-0076)   

ADAMS Accession No. ML19330C644