Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-039 July 27, 2020
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200
 
NRC Approves Changes to Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station Emergency Planning Requirements
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted a request to alter the emergency preparedness plan for the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Londonderry Township, Pa., to reflect the plant’s decommissioning status. Exelon Generation Co. LLC requested the change.
 
The change comes in the form of exemptions from NRC requirements no longer appropriate for a plant that has permanently ceased operations. These exemptions are consistent with NRC actions for other decommissioning plants. Once Exelon implements the exemptions, state and local governments may rely on their comprehensive emergency management (“all hazard”) planning for off-site emergency response should events occur at TMI, rather than having a dedicated offsite radiological emergency response plan. As a result, there will not be a 10-mile emergency planning zone as currently identified in TMI’s license. The plant will maintain an onsite emergency plan and response capabilities, including the continued notification of state government officials in the event of an emergency declaration.
 
The exemption request included analyses to show the exemptions are warranted. When compared to an operating power reactor, the risk of an offsite radiological release is significantly lower, and the types of possible accidents are significantly fewer, at a nuclear power reactor that has permanently ceased operations and removed fuel from the reactor vessel. The NRC staff evaluated and confirmed these analyses, along with considering comments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Based on the NRC staff’s evaluation and recommendation, the Commission today approved the exemptions. The exemptions, a safety evaluation and associated license amendments reflecting the change will be issued in the next few weeks. Under the exemptions, Exelon may not implement the change to its emergency preparedness plans until Jan. 20, 2021.
 
Exelon holds the operating license for TMI Unit 1, a single pressurized-water reactor that began operations in 1974. TMI Unit 1 ceased operations Sept. 20, 2019. All spent fuel has been permanently moved from the reactor vessel to the spent fuel pool for storage. The exemptions from certain emergency preparedness requirements are part of several changes to the plant’s licensing basis and technical specifications the licensee requested to reflect TMI’s decommissioning status. TMI Unit 2 has been in a non-operating status since the accident in 1979. General Public Utilities Nuclear Inc. retains the license for TMI-2 and is owned by FirstEnergy Corp. The TMI-2 defueling was completed in April 1990, and all spent fuel has been removed from the site. The U.S. Department of Energy took title and possession of the TMI-2 spent fuel and stores it at Idaho National Laboratory.
 
FirstEnergy Corp. Statement on HB 6 Investigation
 |PR Newswire |About:  FE
AKRON, Ohio, July 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. ( FE) today issued the following statement:
 
This afternoon, FirstEnergy Corp. received subpoenas in connection with the investigation surrounding Ohio House Bill 6. We are reviewing the details of the investigation and we intend to fully cooperate.
 
Forward-Looking Statements: This statement includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 based on information currently available to management. Unless the context requires otherwise, as used herein, references to "we", "us", "our", and "FirstEnergy" refer to FirstEnergy Corp. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These statements include declarations regarding management's intents, beliefs and current expectations. These statements typically contain, but are not limited to, the terms "anticipate," "potential," "expect," "forecast," "target," "will," "intend," "believe," "project," "estimate," "plan" and similar words. 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New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors, nor assess the impact of any such factor on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. FirstEnergy expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise, except as required by law, any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
 
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The 2nd Event Report today on Global Nuclear Fuel License # SNM-1097.  This facility is prone to failure and seeking: Exemption from Reporting Certain Unplanned Contamination Events.  
 
Fuel Cycle Facility
Event Number: 54797
Facility: Global Nuclear Fuel - Americas
RX Type: Uranium Fuel Fabrication
Comments: Leu Conversion (Uf6 To Uo2)
Leu Fabrication
Lwr Commerical Fuel
Region: 2
City: Wilmington   State: NC
County: New Hanover
License #: SNM-1097
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: Phillip Ollis
HQ OPS Officer: Thomas Herrity
Notification Date: 07/22/2020
Notification Time: 10:04 [ET]
Event Date: 07/21/2020
Event Time: 10:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/22/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - Offsite Notification/News Rel
Person (Organization):
MARK MILLER (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
 
 
 
Event Text
CONCURRENT REPORT FOR FIRE SUPPRESION OUT OF SERVICE

The following was received from Global Nuclear Fuels, America:

"At 1030 (EDT) on July 21st, 2020, the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified per State code requirements that the fire suppression system for the Fuel Manufacturing Operation Sandblast Building was impaired. An underground pipe that feeds water to the sprinkler system had developed a leak. The building is normally unoccupied and no other buildings are affected. Compensatory measures were enacted and communicated to the Deputy Fire Marshall. Because the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified, a concurrent notification to the NRC Operations Center is being made per 10 CFR 70, Appendix A(c)."

The licensee will notify Region 2.

 

Current Event Notification Report for July 23, 2020
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center
 
Event Reports For
7/22/2020 - 7/23/2020
 
** EVENT NUMBERS **
 
Fuel Cycle Facility
Event Number: 54777
Facility: Global Nuclear Fuel - Americas
RX Type: Uranium Fuel Fabrication
Comments: Leu Conversion (Uf6 To Uo2)
Leu Fabrication
Lwr Commerical Fuel
Region: 2
City: Wilmington   State: NC
County: New Hanover
License #: SNM-1097
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: Mr. Phillip Ollis
HQ OPS Officer: Thomas Herrity
Notification Date: 07/14/2020
Notification Time: 10:13 [ET]
Event Date: 07/13/2020
Event Time: 10:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/14/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - Offsite Notification/News Rel
Person (Organization):
MARK MILLER (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Event Text
 
CONCURRENT REPORT FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION OUT OF SERVICE

"At 1015 EST on July 13, 2020, the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified per State code requirements that the fire suppression system for various Fuel Manufacturing Operation Shop Areas was taken offline for planned maintenance to conduct a NFPA [(National Fire Protection Association)] required 5-year inspection. These inspections will be ongoing throughout the week. Compensatory measures were enacted and communicated to the Deputy Fire Marshall. Because the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified, a concurrent notification to the NRC Operations Center is being made per 10 CFR 70, Appendix A(c)."

Licensee will notify Region 2.
 
 
On 07/11/2020 10:24 AM Michael J Keegan wrote:
 
Dear Global Nuclear Fuel America Trackers,
 
Catchy Title: Exemption from Reporting Certain Unplanned Contamination Events
Zip file of three documents, and then those referenced are pasted farther below.
Global Nuclear Fuel America (GNFA) looks to have had several "Unplanned Contamination Events"
seems just too many to have to write it up, how about an Exemption.  Some of the fuel is enriched up to 8%
and intended to be high burnup.  Fermi 2 is scheduled to utilize GNF3 an Experiment see note farther below.
 
Zip of 3
GNFA Amendment 15 - Exemption from Reporting Certain Unplanned Contamination Events
 
Document Title:
GNF-A Response to NRC Request for Additional Information
Document Type:
Letter
Response to Request for Additional Information (RAI)
Document Date:
04/16/2020
 
Document Title:
Global Nuclear Fuels-Americas (GNF-A) - Request for Exemption from 24-Hour Reporting Requirement of 10 CFR 70.50(b)(1).
Document Type:
Letter
Document Date:
01/09/2019
 
The link below is a zip file of 3 documents.  What I am picking up on is that Fermi 2 use of GNF3 is an experiment, and scheduled for next RFO (21) for a 24 month fuel cycle using high burnup fuel which is 3X as nasty according to Marvin Resnikoff (citation needed) 
I have only skimmed these documents, they require study and informed / expert interpretation.   Elsewhere GNF America has authorization for enrichment up to 8%.  Most likely the new GNF3 for first time "Experimental Use" at Fermi 2 will be Proprietary. 
 
A multitude of problems at Fermi 2 but no financial resources to secure Expertise / Legal at level necessary.
Pro bono contributions have been generous, but those resources are exhausted.
 
Zip of 3
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Transmittal of Event-Specific CPR/ICPR Biases and Uncertainties and Peak Pressure Adders for AOO Licensing Applications.

 

 
 
Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

U.S. Attorney, FBI to announce charges related to $60 million bribe to state official & associates

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Federal officials will brief the media on a public corruption racketeering conspiracy involving $60 million.

 

The briefing will be held:

 

TODAY: TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020

WHEN:           2:30PM

WHERE:         U.S. Attorney’s Office

                        Main Conference Room

                        303 Marconi Blvd. Suite 200

                        Columbus, Ohio 43215

WHO:             U.S. Attorney David M. DeVillers

                        Chris Hoffman, FBI, Special Agent in Charge

 *Pool coverage is strongly encouraged for video footage. Reporters not present in person will be given opportunity to ask questions via conference telephone line.*

Room available at 2:15PM. ID and valid media credential will be required for entrance on Marconi Blvd., where someone will bring you into the building. No TV lighting provided. Please practice social distancing inside the main conference room/common areas and wear a mask.

Contact Jennifer Thornton at jennifer.thornton@usdoj.gov by 1PM to join via conference telephone line. 

Three Mile Island:  NRC Inspection Report No. 05000289/2020003, Exelon Generation Co., LLC, Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1
 
Subject: Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Regulatory Audit for License Amendment Request to Revise Technical Specification 3.8.1 to Create a New Condition for an Inoperable Manual Synchronization Circuit (EPID L-2020-LLA-0118)
 
ADAMS Accession No. ML20189A182
 
Subject:  Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Termination of Emergency Response Data System Feed to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 
ADAMS Accession No.:  ML20178A606
 
Document Title:
   Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Termination of Emergency Response Data System Feed to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Document Type:
   Letter
Document Date:
   07/16/2020

 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: III-20-007 July 14, 2020
Contact: Viktoria Mitlyng, 630-829-9662 Prema Chandrathil, 630-829-9663
 
NRC to Hold Virtual Meeting to Discuss 2019 Performance of Davis-Besse and Perry Nuclear Power Plants
 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will discuss the 2019 safety performance of two nuclear power plants in Ohio during a virtual meeting scheduled for July 23.
 
The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant is in Oak Harbor, Ohio., and the Perry nuclear power plant is in Perry, Ohio. All the units are operated by Energy Harbor Nuclear Corp.
 
The virtual session will begin at 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time. Online registration is required to participate. Following registration, a confirmation email will be sent with details on how to join the meeting. To hear the presentation, those interested must register to obtain the phone call-in number.
 
NRC staff responsible for plant inspection and oversight will participate, including the resident inspectors based full-time at the sites.
 
Davis-Besse and Perry operated safely during 2019. At the conclusion of the year, all inspection findings and performance indicators for the plants were green, or of very low safety significance. As a result, the plants in 2020 will receive the normal level of oversight, which entails thousands of hours of inspection each year.
 
The NRC Reactor Oversight Process uses color-coded inspection findings and indicators to measure 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 two NRC resident inspectors assigned to each plant and specialist inspectors from the Region III Office in Lisle, Ill.
 
The annual assessment letters for Davis Besse and Perry, as well as the meeting notice, are available on the NRC websiteCurrent performance information for the plants is also available and is updated on a quarterly basis.
 

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