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Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release 
No: IV-22-010 June 21, 2022
Contact: Victor Dricks, 817-200-1128

NRC to Meet with U.S. Air Force Officials During Regulatory Conference
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with representatives of the U.S. Air Force on June 30 to discuss apparent violations associated with the use of radioactive materials.
The virtual meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Central time. NRC staff and representatives from the Air Force will meet at the NRC’s Region IV office in Arlington, Texas. The public will be able to observe the meeting via Microsoft Teams or listen by calling 301-576-2978, conference code 728313416#. NRC staff will answer questions from the public before closing the event to public observation to discuss security-related matters.
The NRC identified 14 apparent violations of NRC requirements during inspections conducted Oct. 26-28, 2021, at the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency’s facility in Falls Church, Virginia; and Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 22, 2021, at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These inspections reviewed activities authorized under the Department of the Air Force’s Master Materials License.
The apparent violations being considered for escalated enforcement involved: four failures related to the implementation of the Master Materials License; seven failures related to the environmental use of thorium-232 source material at Kirtland Air Force Base; and three failures related to NRC’s security requirements.
During this conference, Air Force officials will have the opportunity to provide their perspective or additional information regarding the apparent violations before the agency makes its final enforcement decision. Air Force officials will also discuss corrective actions taken and planned to address the issues and prevent recurrence.
No decisions will be made during the meeting. The NRC will review the information and finalize its determination in approximately 60 days following the conference, which will be publicly available.

Date: 06/08/2022
Title: Letter to D. Rhoades from A. Snyder - Three Mile Island Unit 1 - Exemption - Use of the Decommissioning Trust Fund for Site Restoration
To:   - Mr. David P. Rhoades, Constellation Energy
From:   - Amy Snyder, NMSS/DUWP/RDB

Documents in Web-based ADAMS:
   - Letter to D. Rhoades from A. Snyder - TMI Unit 1 - Exemption - Use of Decommissioning Trust Fund for Site Restoration (ML22126A143)https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML22126A143
To access document(s) please search by accession number using the following link: https://adams.nrc.gov/wba/
Peach Bottom, Units 2 and 3 - Security Baseline Inspection Report 05000277/2022402 and 05000278/2022402 and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Security Inspection Report 07200029/2022401 (Cover Letter Only)
ADAMS Accession No.  ML22166A034


Date: 06/01/2022

Title: Three Mile Island Station, Unit 1 - Finding of No Significant Impact with the Associated Environmental Assessment Replated to using Decomm Trust Fund for Site Restoration

To:   - Mr. David P. Rhoades, Constellation Energy

From:   - Amy Snyder, NMSS/DUWP/RDB

Documents in Web-based ADAMS:

   - Letter to D Rhoades from A Snyder TMI Unit 1 Finding of No Significant Impact with Associated Environmental Assessment Related to Using Decomm Trust Fund for Site Restoration (ML22126A060) https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML22...

  - Three Mile Island Unit 1 - Finding of No Significant Impact with the Associated Environmental Assessment Related to Using Decomm Trust Fund for Site Restoration (ML22126A064) https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML22...

To access document(s) please search by accession number using the following link: https://adams.nrc.gov/wba/

The dark side of nuclear power

Considering nuclear as a climate-friendly source of power only works if you ignore the environmental costs entirely.


Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: I-22-007 May 26, 2022
Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330
Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331

NRC Schedules Webinar to Discuss 2021 Safety Performance at
Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania Nuclear Power Plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will hold a public webinar on June 8 to discuss the agency’s annual assessment of safety performance at nuclear power plants in Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The performance of 17 nuclear power reactors will be addressed during the virtual session. They are: Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2, in Lusby, Maryland, operated by Constellation Nuclear; Salem 1 and 2 and Hope Creek, in Hancocks Bridge, New Jersey, operated by PSEG; Nine Mile Point 1 and 2 and FitzPatrick, in Scriba, New York, and Ginna, in Ontario Township, New York, operated by Constellation Nuclear; Beaver Valley 1 & 2, in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, operated by Energy Harbor Nuclear; Susquehanna 1 & 2, in Salem Township, Pennsylvania, operated by Talen Energy; Limerick 1 & 2, in Limerick, Pennsylvania, and Peach Bottom 2 & 3, in Delta, Pennsylvania, operated by Constellation Nuclear.
The purpose of the webinar is to provide information regarding the plants’ safety performance in 2021 and the NRC’s oversight activities at the facilities. The online meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. Participants will be able to access the meeting after completing this registration form. The Microsoft Teams link will then be sent to them. For those without access to the internet, the teleconference number is 301-576-2978, passcode 332395799 #. Attendees will be able to view slides prepared by NRC staff and ask questions either orally or in writing. The slides will be available in the agency’s online documents system known as  .
All of the plants to be discussed operated safely in 2021, with inspection findings and performance indicators for each unit assessed as “green,” or of very low safety significance, at the end of the year. As a result, each of those plants in 2022 will receive the normal level of oversight, which entails thousands of hours of inspection each year.
The Reactor Oversight Process uses color-coded inspection findings and indicators to describe plant performance. The colors start at green and increase to white, yellow or red, commensurate with the safety significance of the issues involved. Inspection findings or performance indicators with more than very low safety significance trigger increased NRC oversight.
Inspections are performed by NRC resident inspectors assigned to each of the plants and specialists from the agency’s Region I Office in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
The annual assessment letters for the plants, as well as the webinar notice, are available on the NRC website. Current plant performance indicators for all of the units are also available on the website and are updated on a quarterly basis.
The Dark Side of Nuclear Power*

By Eric J. Epstein
In a place far way, not long ago, atomic scientists predicted the
dawn of a new day where automobiles would be powered by nuclear fuel
and weather could be controlled by atomic clouds. Their high priest
promoted nuclear energy as "electricity too cheap to meter.”
Admiral Lewis L. Strauss, Chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, September 16th, 1954, in
a speech by National Association of Science Writer

Well, the fairy tale is baaaaack! Actually it never died, and has been replaying itself in your
pocketbook for the last 40 years. Nuclear power never went away, it just devised a snazzier marketing
mantra. A little richer and older, but the industry is still peddling the same snake oil: The healing
power of nuclear generation.

The industry argues that the problem of greenhouse gases can be solved by building more
nuclear power plants which they claim” do not emit green house gasses ...at the point of production.
What they don’t tell you is what happens to the nuclear wonder pill before it is magically transformed
into green penicillin.

The nuclear-carbon shell game only works if you ignore the environmental cost on the “front
end” and “back end” of nuclear power production. From the moment uranium is mined, milled,
enriched, fabricated and transported it releases large quantities of airborne pollutants.

With a nuclear friendly administration in Washington and Harrisburg - but not Wall Street -
fanciful myths about nuclear energy abound and multiply. Consumers, taxpayers and citizens have
been told that nuclear power deserves a second chance because it is now environmentally friendly. Of
course this argument is disingenuous, and ignores the factual reality of nuclear power’s legacy of air
pollution, contamination of water resources and long-lived nuclear waste.

The “clean air myth” was demolished on May 13, 1999 when the Nuclear Energy Institute’s
advertising campaign was deemed “misleading” by the National Advertising Division of the Better
Business Bureau. The specific ad in question was displayed in The Atlantic Monthly (December,
1998). The commercial featured a cute owl singing the praises of nuclear power. Hootie then thanked
the NEI for clean air. The Business Bureau stated: “The process currently used to produce at least
some, if not most, of the uranium enriched fuels that are necessary to power nuclear energy plants
emits substantial amounts of environmentally harmful greenhouse gases.” The NEI did not appeal the

When it comes to water consumption, fish kills, thermal inversion and effluent discharges,
nuclear plants are water hogs. Nuclear power plants use millions of gallons daily to cool their
superheated reactor core. There are three nuclear generation stations on the Susquehanna River. Two
plants with three units are located on the Lower Susquehanna, and have the capacity to draw in as
much as half the flow of a River in a day.

Production of nuclear fuel creates more terrorist targets, more dependency on Russian fuel,
more toxic waste, but less safety, less security and fewer resources for alternative energy development.
Currently there are 80,000 tons high-level radioactive garbage scattered among 72 sites
including five de facto nuclear wastes in Pennsylvania. There are over 8,000 metric tons of high-level
radioactive waste stored on site in cooling pools and temporary casks in Pennsylvania. The waste is
toxic for thousands of years, and has no forwarding address.

Nuclear power’s greenhouse gas “cure” claims must be examined by tracing its fuel cycle. It is
clear that the production of nuclear electricity is not “clean”, “green” or “carbon free. ”

Nuclear energy is not the answer. We need to focus on internal sources of energy and deploying
renewable energy. We need to view water as a precious resource and limited commodity; not a
nuclear subsidy. The next time someone tells you nuclear power does not harm the environment, tell
them where they can recycle their “junk science”

* Eric Epstein was the Chairman of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., tmia.com, a safe-energy
organization based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and founded in 1977. TMIA monitors Peach
Bottom, Susquehanna, and Three Mile Island nuclear generating stations.
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center
05/17/2022 - 05/18/2022
Power Reactor
Event Number: 55899
Facility: Peach Bottom
Region: 1     State: PA
Unit: [2] [] []
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: Linell, Bill
HQ OPS Officer: Brian P. Smith Notification Date: 05/16/2022
Notification Time: 19:51 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2022
Event Time: 15:52 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2022 Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS Actuation - Critical
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - Valid Specif Sys Actuation Person (Organization):
Lilliendahl, Jon (R1DO)
Power Reactor Unit Info
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby
Event Text
The following information was provided by the licensee via fax:
"Unit 2 experienced multiple electrical transients resulting in a Group I Primary Containment Isolation Signal (PCIS) isolation and subsequent unit reactor scram. Low reactor water level during the automatic scram caused PCIS Group II and III isolation signals. Following the PCIS Group I isolation, all main steam lines isolated. All control rods inserted and all systems operated as designed."
The following additional information was obtained from the licensee via phone in accordance with Headquarters Operations Officers Report Guidance:
Peach Bottom Unit 2 automatically scrammed from 100 percent power due to an electrical transient and subsequent PCIS Group I isolation (Main Steam Isolation Valve closure). Unit 2 lost main feedwater due to the PCIS Group I isolation, however, all other systems responded as expected following the scram. High Pressure Coolant Injection is maintaining pressure control while Condensate Pumps are maintaining inventory. The unit is currently stable and in Mode 3. Peach Bottom Unit 3's Adjustable Speed Drives were impacted by the electrical transients and the unit reduced power to 98 percent power.
The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.