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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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IPAWS Modernizes Public Emergency Notification

During an emergency, State and local public safety officials need the capability to provide the public with potentially life-saving information as soon as possible. The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is an integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure that provides public safety officials with an effective way to alert and warn the public about serious emergencies. IPAWS is available to Federal, State, territorial, tribal and local alerting authori- ties and can be integrated with local systems that use Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standards.

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Relief Requests PR-01, PR-02, and VR-02, Associated with the Fifth Ten-Year Inservice Test Interval (TAC Nos. MF0046, MF0047, and MF0048)

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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station - NRC Integrated Inspection Report 05000387/2013003 and 05000388/2013003 and Exercise of Enforcement Discretion

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[... Three Mile Island] Plant operator Metropolitan Edison’s in-house health physics staff fled after the incident began, so responsibility for monitoring radioactive emissions went to a private contractor called Rad Services.

The company immediately hired Randall Thompson to serve as the health physics technician in charge of monitoring radioactive emissions, while Joy Thompson got a job monitoring radiation doses to TMI workers.

What the Thompsons say they found out during their time inside TMI suggests radiation releases from the plant were hundreds if not thousands of times higher than the government and industry have acknowledged — high enough to cause the acute health effects documented in people living near the plant but that have been dismissed by the industry and the government as impossible given official radiation dose estimates. [...]

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Hope Creek Generating Station, Peach Bottom Units 2 and 3 - Request for Additional Information Re: Decommissioning Funding Status Report (TAC No. MF2202; MF2227; MF2228)

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Greetings —

Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved—subject to certain changes that the NRC staff must make—publication of the proposed Waste Confidence Rule and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement.  The Commission’s instructions to staff, in the form of a Staff Requirements Memorandum, are available at (ADAMS No. ML13217A358).

The NRC staff will now make the changes directed by the Commission and will publish the proposed Waste Confidence Rule and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement in September for public comment.  The NRC staff will notify members of this e-mail list when publication occurs.

The Commission-review versions of the proposed Waste Confidence Rule and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement are available at  When the staff publishes the proposed rule and draft generic EIS—with changes as directed by the Commission—the staff will post both documents to the Waste Confidence webpage.  The staff will also post versions of the documents that identify the changes the NRC staff made in response to the Commission’s Staff Requirements Memorandum.


Public Outreach Update

On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, the Waste Confidence Directorate held an “NRC Chat.”  Please visit to view the discussion.

On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT, the Waste Confidence Directorate will hold a status teleconference.  To participate, please dial 1-800-857-2553, and provide the operator with passcode 3682386.  Please dial in 5 minutes before the start time so that all participants can be connected before the teleconference begins.  The meeting notice is available at (ADAMS No. ML13205A393) for more information. 

Thank you for your interest in the Waste Confidence environmental review and rulemaking, and we look forward to your participation in the status teleconference on August 14th.



Staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Waste Confidence Directorate


August 1, 2013

Cindy Bladey, Chief
Rules, Announcements and Directives Branch, Office of Administration U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, D.C. 20555-0001


SUBJECT: Comments on Draft Consequence Study, NRC-2013-013


Dear Ms. Bladey:

In response to NRC’s notice at 78 Fed. Reg. 39,781 (July 2, 2013), I am enclosing the Declaration of 1 August 2013 by Gordon R. Thompson: Comments on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Draft Consequence Study of a Beyond-Design-Basis Earthquake Affecting the Spent Fuel Pool for a US Mark I Boiling Water Reactor. Dr. Thompson’s comments are sponsored by the following environmental organizations: Beyond Nuclear, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Center for a Sustainable Coast, Citizens Allied for Safe Energy, Don’t Waste Michigan, Ecology Party of Florida, Friends of the Coast, Friends of the Earth, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions, Green States Solutions, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, NC WARN, Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, New England Coalition, No Nukes Pennsylvania, Nuclear Energy Information Service, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Nuclear Watch South, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Public Citizen, Riverkeeper, SEED Coalition, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

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Online Reference Portal for Nuclear Regulatory Commission Review of Fukushima Near Term Task Force Related Documents

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