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NEWS RELEASE                    Contacts:      Jane Swanson, Spokesperson    
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             (805) 440-1359
                                                                Linda Seeley, Spokesperson
March 3, 2023                                            (805) 234-1769


This statement is in response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) ruling of March 2 that PG&E is exempt from regulations that have long required a safety review by the NRC before any reactor could operate beyond the date of its operating license.
The joint press release by Mothers for Peace, Friends of the Earth, and Environmental Working Group on the MFP website under “latest news”.  See https://mothersforpeace.org/nrc-caves-to-nrc-on-exemption-for-diablo-canyon-license-extension/ explains details of the ruling and reasons why the three organizations oppose it.
Mothers for Peace, a local non-profit organization run by volunteers, has acted as Legal Intervenor with the NRC since 1973, with a goal of making California a nuclear-free state. This recent ruling is not surprising, as the NRC has always prioritized the economic interests of the nuclear industry over the safety of those living downwind from nuclear reactors and radioactive wastes. Mothers for Peace, in conjunction with allied organizations, will challenge this unsafe and illegal ruling.
Never before has the NRC allowed a plant designed in the 1950s and constructed in the 70’s to continue running past the expiration of its licenses without first conducting a safety review. Such a review is especially urgent in the case of Diablo. PG&E has been maintaining the plant only to keep it running until 2025, since until last spring the company was committed to shut it down in that year. To make matters worse, these reactors are surrounded by 13 earthquake faults, one of which goes directly under the plant.
Mothers for Peace is already working with its two attorneys and consulting with potential expert witnesses to force the NRC to comply with federal law and its own regulations. Our organization is planning fund-raising events to support these legal efforts, which might necessitate action in the United States Court of Appeals.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 23-016 March 3, 2023
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200
NRC Seeks Comment on Proposed Revision to Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Renewing Reactor Licenses
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published a proposed rule that would update the license renewal Generic Environmental Impact Statement used by the agency when considering applications to renew operating reactor licenses.
The proposed rule is in response to a 2022 Commission order that concluded the license renewal GEIS did not analyze the environmental impacts of a subsequent license renewal term (from 60 to 80 years of operation). The proposed rule amends the relevant rule language to account for intial license renewal and one term of subsequent license renewal, redefines the number and scope of the environmental issues that must be addressed during the review of each application for license renewal, and updates related guidance to fully address subsequent renewal.
The GEIS covers environmental topics relevant to all nuclear power plant licensees seeking renewed licenses. The revised document accounts for new or revised environmental impacts, changes in regulations or guidance, and applies what the agency has learned during previous license renewals.
The NRC will hold hybrid public meetings to gather comments before finalizing the rule and GEIS for Commission consideration. The first two meetings will be March 16 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road in Rockville, Maryland, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The staff will host a 30-minute open house prior to each meeting. In the near future, the agency will announce four additional public meetings across the country. The meetings are one method for submitting comments on the proposed rule before the May 2 deadline. Comments can also be submitted via regulations.gov under Docket ID NRC-2018-0296, via email to Rulemaking.Comments@nrc.gov, or via U.S. mail to Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, ATTN: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 23-019 March 3, 2023
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200
NRC Issues Annual Assessments for Nation’s Nuclear Power Plants
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued annual letters to the nation’s operating commercial nuclear reactors assessing their 2022 performance.
Of the 93 reactors currently in the agency’s Reactor Oversight Process, 87 reached the highest performance category in safety and security. Those reactors (including Vogtle Unit 3, which was authorized for operation last year) remain under the NRC’s “baseline” inspection program, involving thousands of inspection hours for each reactor.
Six reactors were in the second performance category, as they need to resolve one or two items of low safety significance. For this performance level, regulatory oversight includes additional inspection and follow-up of corrective actions. Plants in this category are Calvert Cliffs 1 (Maryland), Davis-Besse (Ohio), Peach Bottom 2 (Pennsylvania), Quad Cities 2 (Illinois), V.C. Summer (South Carolina) and Waterford (Louisiana).
There were no reactors in the third and fourth performance categories.
Later this spring and summer, the NRC will host a public meeting or other event for each plant to discuss the annual assessment results. A separate announcement will be issued for each public assessment meeting. In addition to the annual assessment letters, plants also receive an NRC inspection plan for the coming year.
The NRC’s website outlines oversight of commercial nuclear power on the Reactor Oversight Process page. The NRC routinely updates each plant’s current performance and posts the latest information as it becomes available to the action matrix summary. Assessment letters are posted on the NRC website (click on “2022006” for each plant). Annual construction oversight assessments for new reactors at the Vogtle units 3 and 4 sites are also on the NRC website.
Annual Assessment Letter for Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 (Reports 05000387/2022006 and 05000388/2022006)
ADAMS Accession No. ML23059A047
Annual Assessment Letter for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 (Reports 05000277/2022006 and 05000278/2022006)
ADAMS Accession No. ML23059A045
Three Mile Island To Become High-Level Radioactive Waste Site 
(Harrisburg, Pa) - The Nuclear Regulatory
Commission ruled against Eric Epstein's Petition  
just hours after getting TMI-2 Solutions Motion
to Strike Epstein's new contentions on water use.
Mr. Epstein has 25 days to file an appeal. He is  
studying his options. It is clear TMI-2 Solutions 
is not well suited for this endeavor, and water use
and radioactive water disposal remain unresolved. 
The plan to store TMI-2's debris, fuel and
waste at TMI-1 - a separate licensee - is discretionary
and just as precarious as TMI-1's rationing of water 
for the TMI-2 cleanup. TMI-2 Solutions is proposing
to "temporarily" store nine high-level radioactive
casks on-site. The contents were not disclosed at
the hearing.
Assuming there is a contract between TMI-1 and 
TMI-2, it was not disclosed the hearing, high-level
radioactive material from the TMI accident will
remain on site indefinitely.
If Constellation - which is in no hurry to clean up 
TMI-1 - is being reimbursed by the DOE  to store high-level  
radioactive  waste on the Susquehanna River, then there  
is no incentive to move the radioactive waste  off site. 
In fact it is profitable for Constellation -  which may  
not complete the TMI-1 cleanup  until 2075 - to make
Three Mile Island a high level radioactive waste site.
Contact: Eric Epstein.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 23-015 March 2, 2023
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200
NRC Grants "Timely Renewal" Exemption to Allow Continued Operation of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted an exemption to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. that would allow the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to continue operating while the agency considers its license renewal application.
After evaluating the company’s exemption request, the NRC staff determined that the exemption is authorized by law, will not present undue risk to the public health and safety, and is consistent with the common defense and security. In addition, the staff determined Diablo Canyon’s continued operation is in the public interest because of serious challenges to the reliability of California’s electricity grid.
The current operating licenses for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2, expire on Nov. 2, 2024, and Aug. 26, 2025, respectively. The exemption granted today will allow those licenses to remain in effect provided PG&E submits a sufficient license renewal application for the reactors by Dec. 31, 2023. The NRC will continue its normal inspection and oversight of the facility throughout the review to ensure continued safe operation. If granted, the license renewal would authorize continued operation for up to 20 years.
NRC regulations allow a reactor’s operating license to remain in effect beyond its expiration date contingent upon the licensee submitting a sufficient license renewal application at least five years prior to expiration – a status called “timely renewal.” PG&E requires the exemption because it has not met that five-year requirement.
PG&E applied to renew the licenses in November 2009 but withdrew the application in 2018 and announced plans to cease operations and decommission the reactors when the licenses expire. After California enacted legislation last September to support continued operation, PG&E asked the NRC to resume its review of the previous application. In January, the staff informed the company that it would need to submit a new, up-to-date renewal application. That made the current exemption necessary to allow continued operation while the application is under review.
PG&E has said it will submit an application by the end of this calendar year. The NRC’s review of a license renewal application typically lasts 22 months.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: I-23-001 February 28, 2023
CONTACT: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330
Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331
NRC Names New Resident Inspector at Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant
Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, have selected Erin Brady as the resident inspector at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township (Luzerne County), Pennsylvania. She joins Senior Resident Inspector Chris Highley at the two- unit site, which is operated by Talen Energy.
“Erin’s experience in private industry, with the Navy and during her time training and in the field as an NRC inspector will serve the agency well as she begins this new role,” said NRC Region I Administrator Ray Lorson. “She stands ready to put what she has learned to use as part of our front-line inspection team.”
Brady joined the NRC in 2021 after working as a quality control and maintenance technician in private industry. Prior to that, she served for eight years as an enlisted nuclear electrician aboard Navy aircraft carriers. Since joining the NRC, she has served as acting resident inspector at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania and completed NRC training qualifications.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in nuclear and electrical engineering from Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey.
Each operating U.S. commercial nuclear power plant has at least two NRC resident inspectors. They serve as the agency’s eyes and ears at the facility, conducting inspections, monitoring safety-significant work projects and interacting with plant workers and the public. Resident inspectors can serve at a reactor site for up to seven years.