Trip Report: Site Visit Regarding the Indiana Bat Summer Survey Plan For The Proposed Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant Site

On May 8, 2013, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a site visit held at the Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant site, near Berwick, Pennsylvania. Enclosure 1 provides a summary of the site visit. The purpose of the site visit was to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize the Indiana Bat Summer Survey Plan in order for the applicant, PPL Bell Bend, LLC, to begin surveys in May or June 2013. The data collected in the survey will be used by the NRC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support the biological assessment for the project as required by the Endangered Species Act. Enclosure 2 contains the agenda for the site visit; Enclosure 3 contains an attendance sheet from the site visit; Enclosure 4 contains a revised survey locations map that reflected the changes discussed at the beginning of the site visit; and Enclosure 5 contains a revised survey locations map that reflected the changes that were discussed during the site visit.

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Entergy closing Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant – economic decision

Entergy to Close, Decommission Vermont Yankee

Decision driven by sustained low power prices, high cost structure and wholesale electricity market design flaws for Vermont Yankee plant

Focus to remain on safety during remaining operation and after shutdown

New Orleans, La. – Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today said it plans to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vt. The station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and move to safe shutdown in the fourth quarter of 2014. The station will remain under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission throughout the decommissioning process.

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Clarification Regarding the Timing of Submittal of a Decommissioning Funding Plan Per Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Section 72.30(b) for Future Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations

Clarification Regarding the Timing of Submittal of a Decommissioning Funding Plan Per Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Section 72.30(b) for Future Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations

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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station: NRC Inspection Report 05000387/2013012 and 05000388/2013012; and Notice of Violation

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station: NRC Inspection Report 05000387/2013012 and 05000388/2013012; and Notice of Violation

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Relief Request VR-01, Proposed Alternative Testing of the Pressurizer Pilot Operated Relief Valve (TAC No. ME9819)

THREE MILE ISLAND NUCLEAR STATION, UNIT 1 - RELIEF REQUEST VR-01, PROPOSED ALTERNATIVE TESTING OF THE PRESSURIZER PILOT OPERATED RELIEF VALVE (TAC NO. ME9819)

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Will Three Mile Island Ever Be Cleaned Up?

Testimony of Eric Epstein Re: Three Mile Island, Unit 2, (TMI-2) Post-Shutdown Decommissiong Activities Report (PSDAR) August 28, 2014

 

I. Introduction

Within two years after submitting the certification of permanent closure to the NRC,* nuclear power plants are required to file a post-shutdown decommissioning activities report ("PSDAR"). GPU Nuclear Inc., ("GPU") te plant's owner, neglected to do that by the required date of September 14, 1995. On February 13, 2013, over seventeen years after the Report was due and thirty years after GPU caused a meldown, the NRC decided to give TMI-2 the benefit of the doubt. The NRC stated, "..after reviewing the circumstances for the company's failure to submit a PSDAR." the NRC downgraded the Security Level III violation to a slap on the wrist and issued a non-cited notice of violation.

This is like being awarded a Ph.D. for flunking out of first grade.

Thank goodness the NRC is not a probation officer.

 

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Three Mile Island News Release - Siren Test Scheduled

Contact:
Ralph DeSantis
Three Mile Island Generating Station
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Three Mile Island Sirens to be Tested Aug. 29
Additional test required to qualify the new, upgraded system for service

SUSQUEHANNA STEAM ELECTRIC STATION, UNITS 1 and 2 NRC INITIAL OPERATOR LICENSING EXAMINATION REPORT 05000387/2013301; 05000388/2013301

SUSQUEHANNA STEAM ELECTRIC STATION, UNITS 1 and 2 NRC INITIAL OPERATOR LICENSING EXAMINATION REPORT 05000387/2013301; 05000388/2013301

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THREE MILE ISLAND STATION - NRC EVALUATION OF CHANGES, TESTS, OR EXPERIMENTS AND PERMANENT PLANT MODIFICATIONS TEAM INSPECTION REPORT 05000289/2013007

THREE MILE ISLAND STATION - NRC EVALUATION OF CHANGES, TESTS, OR EXPERIMENTS AND PERMANENT PLANT MODIFICATIONS TEAM INSPECTION REPORT 05000289/2013007

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NRC to conduct meeting in Aug. 28 re: Three Mile Island Unit 2 nuclear plant decommissioning plans

FYI: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Aug . 28 in Hershey, Pa. regarding the eventual decommissioning plans for the Three Mile Island Unit 2 nuclear power plant. Unit 2 was the site of the March 1979 accident at the site and never operated again after that event.

Within two years after submitting the certification of permanent closure to the NRC, nuclear power plants are required to file a post-shutdown decommissioning activities report (PSDAR). GPU Nuclear Inc., the plant’s owner, neglected to do that by the required date of Sept. 14, 1995. Last February, after reviewing the circumstances for the company’s failure to submit a PSDAR by the deadline, the NRC issued a non-cited notice of violation to GPU Nuclear for not doing so (attached). One of the mitigating factors was the company’s plans to address the deficiency, which included the submittal of a PSDAR in June 2013 (attached). That report will be the subject of discussion at the Aug. 28th meeting.

A PSDAR provides a description of the planned decommissioning activities, a schedule for accomplishing them and an estimate of the expected costs.

The current decommissioning plan for TMI-2 calls for maintaining the plant in the post-defueling monitored storage state up to an additional 20 years to coincide with the end of the TMI-1 Operating License in order to synchronize the decommissioning of TMI-1 and TMI-2. The NRC approved a 20-year extension to the TMI-1 Operating License in October 2009. As a result, the TMI-1 Operating License has been extended until April 19, 2034. The TMI-2 PSDAR establishes the schedule for the
decommissioning of TMI-2 to commence following the expiration of the current TMI-1 Operating License.

The schedule for decommissioning of TMI-2 has been developed in order to achieve the termination of license by September 14, 2053.

If you need additional information, please let me know
 

 
Neil Sheehan
NRC Public Affairs Officer
Region I
 

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