Siren Problems at Three Mile Island
• October 5-9, 2001: “Licensee sirens in Lancaster County were inoperable October 5 through October 9, 2001, due to a radio transmitter being deenergized at the county facility. The transmitter is part of the siren actuation system. This issue is unresolved pending further investigation into the lines of ownership and maintenance of the actuation system.” (IR 50-289/01-07).
• January 11, 2002: Siren testing at TMI encountered numerous problems: all sirens failed in York County and one siren failed in Lancaster County. AmerGen attributed to computer malfunctions.
• March 3, 2002: A siren malfunctioned in York County again. During TMI’s annual test on on January 30, 2002, all 34 sirens in York County, located within ten-miles of the plant, failed to activate.
On June 20, 2013, the commissioners of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) authorized staff to release proposed updates to the Comprehensive Plan for the Water Resources of the Susquehanna River Basin for public review and comment http://www.srbc.net/planning/compplanfiles.asp. The draft updated Plan will also be part of a SRBC public hearing to be held on August 15, 2013, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Written comments can be submitted through August 26, 2013. Details on the hearing are available at http://www.srbc.net/pubinfo/publicparticipation.htm.
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
1721 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
REQUEST FOR WITHHOLDING INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC DISCLOSURE FOR PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNIT NOS. 2 AND 3 (TAC NOS. MF1970 AND MF1971)Submitted by webEditor on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 09:53
REQUEST FOR WITHHOLDING INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC DISCLOSURE FOR PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNIT NOS. 2 AND 3 (TAC NOS. MF1970 AND MF1971)
David Wright, the co-director of the Global Security Program at UCS and one of my bosses, posted commentary on the draft spent fuel storage study released earlier this week by the NRC. David's post is online at: http://allthingsnuclear.org/new-nrc-study-shows-benefits-of-transferring...
UCS plans to submit formal comments on the draft study to the NRC before the ongoing 30-day comment period ends.
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Nuclear Regulatory Commission Problem Identification and Resolution Report 05000277/2013008 and 05000278/2013008Submitted by webEditor on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 09:43
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Nuclear Regulatory Commission Problem Identification and Resolution Report 05000277/2013008 and 05000278/2013008
PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNITS 2 AND 3- REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RE: OVERALL INTEGRATED PLAN IN RESPONSE TO ORDER EA-12-051, "RELIABLE SPENT FUEL POOL INSTRUMENTATION" (TAC NOS.'MF0849 AND MF0850)Submitted by webEditor on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 09:35
PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNITS 2 AND 3- REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RE: OVERALL INTEGRATED PLAN IN RESPONSE TO ORDER EA-12-051, "RELIABLE SPENT FUEL POOL INSTRUMENTATION" (TAC NOS.'MF0849 AND MF0850)
Three Mile Island Sirens to be Tested June 27 Two separate three-minute full sounding tests will be conductedSubmitted by webEditor on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 09:26
LONDONDERRY TOWNSHIP, PA (June 25, 2013) – Three Mile Island, in cooperation with the counties around the plant, will conduct two separate tests of its emergency notification siren system on Thursday, June 27.
The first sounding will occur at 12:15 p.m. (EDT) and will test the original siren system. The second test will take place at 1:15 p.m. and will test the new, upgraded siren system that Exelon has installed. The new system includes battery backup capability that allows the sirens to sound even during power outages. The test of the new system is part of the process to gain Federal Emergency Management Agency approval to place the system in service.
April 24, 2013
The Honorable Allison M. Macfarlane
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555
Dear Chariman Macfarlane:
In the wake of the nuclear power plant accident in Japan, I called on the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) to produce a report on safety preparations and emergency procedures in the event of an incident at a nuclear power plant in the United States. The GAO report, released this month, makes clear that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) must study the public's understanding of emergency preparedness outside the standard 10-mile emergency planning zone around nuclear power plants.
Download Casey Letter to NRC evacuations
June 17, 2013
The Honorable Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Casey:
On behalf of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), I am responding to your letter of April 24, 2013, regarding the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled “Emergency Preparedness: NRC Needs to Better Understand Likely Public Response to Radiological Incidents.” You expressed particular interest in ensuring that the Federal Government understands how “shadow evacuations” of populations outside the 10-mile emergency planning zone (EPZ) around a nuclear power plant would impact the evacuation times for those closest to the plant. A shadow evacuation is the evacuation by persons outside of any officially declared evacuation zone.
Download NRC's Response Letter
Demand Enforcement of Nuclear Power Fire Safety Regulations
Last week, Dave Lochbaum, the director of the UCS Nuclear Safety Project, wrote to your governor about a very serious risk at the nuclear power plants in your state and dozens of others nationwide. He asked your governor to speak out—and we hope you will as well.
The risk is fire and the complete failure of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to enforce critical fire protection regulations.Today, 46 nuclear reactors, almost half of the U.S. nuclear fleet, continue to operate despite being in violation of these regulations, which the NRC first adopted more than 30 years ago—after a dangerous fire at Alabama's Browns Ferry plant—and then updated in 2004.
The NRC estimates that the risk of reactor meltdown due to fire is about 50 percent—roughly equal to all other risk factors combined. Yet the NRC has repeatedly failed to enforce fire regulations, opting to grant extensions rather than issue violation notices—including at Browns Ferry.
It is simply unacceptable that an agency that is supposed to protect the public is allowing these "nuclear crimes" to continue. And, as such, we asked your governor to write to the NRC and demand that the agency enforce its fire safety regulations and establish a clear, realistic timeline for compliance by all reactors.
We think action is more likely if you ask your governor to get involved and speak out on this common sense issue that impacts your family and community's health and safety.
Strategic Campaigns Manager
Global Security Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station l - NRC Investigation Report No. 1-2012-056 and NRC Inspection Report No. 05000278/2013011Submitted by webEditor on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 08:27
NRC INVESTIGATION REPORT NO. 1-2012-056 AND NRC INSPECTION REPORT NO. 05000278/2013-011