June 8, 2015: Groups call on EPA and DEP to terminate Pilgrim’s water permit

On June 8, 2015, a state-wide coalition of twenty-four public health and environmental groups issued a call to state and federal regulators to terminate Entergy’s Clean Water Act permit for its outdated “once through” cooling water system.

The groups’ request is based on a new report documenting Pilgrim’s destruction of marine life and pollution of Cape Cod Bay. With the report, Cape Cod Bay Watch released thousands of pages of internal agency documents exposing the fallacy of Entergy’s “permit” that allows the pollution to continue.  All documents are available below

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PPL has submitted an application to construct and operate a new nuclear power plant at its Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant site along the Susquehanna River in Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pa.

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The NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] staff's preliminary environmental recommendation is that the license could be issued....

The ... conclusions are cursory, fatally flawed, and reek of regulatory negligence. There is no approved reactor design. There is no approved consumptive water use permit. There is no money.

TMI-Alert will request a formal audit by the Government Accountability Office to determine if regulatory collusion and willful manipulation of data has taken place....

PPL ... needs a federal subsidy of $4.5 billion or 80% of the projected cost of the project. This "nuclear loan" is guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury (that is - taxpayers), and the real cost, based on overruns in Florida and Texas, is actually $10 billion!

-- From testimony given before the NRC by Eric Epstein, Chairman, TMI-Alert, Harrisburg, Pa. A copy of his June 4, 2015 document is attached.

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Why build another plant if we still havent solved the issue of where the waste is going to go?

-- Eric Epstein quoted in Power plant owner moves forward with plans for reactor, by Elizabeth Skrapits, at this June 5, 2015  site of Hazelton, Pa.s Standard Speaker:


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For more information about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and submitting comments (by July 7, 2015) on the PPL application, go to this website:

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June 3, 2015

Mr. Eric Epstein
Rock the Capital
4100 Hillsdale Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112


Re:     Right-to-Know Request Number 1400-15-150


Dear Mr. Epstein:


On May 27, 2015, the open-records officer of the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) received your written request for records. The Department is responding to your request under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law, 65 P.S. **67.101 - 67.3104 (RTKL)

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Three Mile Island Alert Inc.'s Testimony Re: Federal Register Volume 80, Number 76 (Tuesday, April 21, 2015) [Notices] [Pages 22231-22232] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printin Office [FR Document No: 2015-09274]


Nuclear Regulatory Commission


June 4, 2015


Bloomsburg, Pa.


NUREG - 2179, "Draft Evironmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Combined Licenses for Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant." The draft EIS will be available on Regulations.gov under Docket ID NRC-2008-0603


[Docket No. 52-039; NRC-2008-0603]


Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant


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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 & 2 - Notice of Annual Assessment Meeting on June 11, 2015

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Contact:    Ralph DeSantis
                 Three Mile Island Generation Station



Sirens to sound for three minutes at 12:15 p.m.
LONDONDERRY TWP, PA (June 1, 2015) — Exelon Generation will conduct its semi-annual, full volume test of the emergency warning sirens surrounding Three Mile Island Generating Station on Thursday, June 4 at approximately 12:15 p.m. This is one of two semi-annual tests scheduled for June and December each year.

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27 Pennsylvania Counties Remain in Drought Watch
Lack of precipitation major factor

HARRISBURG, PA -- Despite the recent precipitation events, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is maintaining a drought watch for 27 counties across Pennsylvania because parts of the state have below-average groundwater and in some areas surface water levels.

“We are still recovering from a very dry fall and below-normal precipitation this winter,” Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley said. “These factors have contributed to low groundwater and surface water levels mostly in the northeast and central portions of the state.”

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Please  sign MAREA petition urging the PUC to stop new rules on PA solar.

Right now, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is reconsidering new rules affecting those who have or want solar. The public has until Wednesday, May 27 to provide input. Read more about PA PUC's proposed rules.

In July of last year, the PA PUC proposed new rules affecting those who have or want solar. Joining the efforts of clean energy advocates across the state, MAREA submitted signatures and comments from more than 650 individuals and small business owners. Thank you! The PA PUC heard us and responded with revisions to the proposed rules. Even with revisions, however, the proposed rules present areas of real concern. Please help continue to urge the PA PUC to support clean energy development in PA with rules that are fair, simple and environmentally responsible.

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Savannah River Site Watch
For Immediate Release
May 9, 2015

Redacted DOE Plutonium Disposition Report Obtained, Gives Details of $47.5 Billion to $110.4 Billion Yet to be Spent on Plutonium Fuel (MOX) Boondoggle, Finished in 2059 to 2115

Aerospace Report Affirms that MOX Project at SRS Not Sustainable at Current Funding Level

“Plutonium Disposition Study Options Independent Assessment” linked here:

Columbia, SC-- A long-awaited report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on costs for two methods of plutonium disposition was released to some members of the public by Congress late on Friday afternoon, May 8. The redacted report provides details on the skyrocketing cost estimate for the problem-plagued plutonium fuel (MOX) project now under construction at DOE’s Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, one of the costliest U.S. Government construction projects ever undertaken.

The report confirms what Savannah River Watch has been saying -that the current funding level of $345 million per year has placed the project on a shut-down track. The report, using the term “real year” (RY) for equivalent cost in future years, states that the MOX plant “construction cannot be completed at current (FY14) funding level (350M RY$/year cost cap on construction/capital) and the assumed escalation rates (4% construction and capital, 2% labor).”

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