Press Advisory
August 9, 2007

 Eric Epstein:   (717)-541-1101
SRBC Nuclear Water Permit Challenged; NRC Ruling Not to Examine Water Use Appealed
Eric Epstein, Chairman of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. filed a challenge to PPL Susquehanna’s Surface Water Withdrawal Application before the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), and appealed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) refusal to investigate water use issues associated with the uprate of the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station. (Filings at
Epstein formally filed the Petition in Opposition to PPL Susquehanna’s, LLC Application for Surface Water Withdrawal Request to Modify Application 19950301-EPU-0572 at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission on August 1, 2007, and formally requested a Public Input Hearing.

Mr. Epstein said, “PPL’s Application should be held in abeyance until the SRBC investigates the potential of the uprate to harm the fragile, unique, and endangered aquatic system that is the Susquehanna River.” Epstein noted, “Lack of regulatory coordination establishes a dangerous precedent, and could constitute de facto approval  of PPL’s ‘grandfathered’ water use permits.” Mr. Epstein charged:
On August 5, 2007, at the NRC, Mr. Epstein appealed the  Atomic Safety & Licensing Memorandum and Order In the Matter of PPL SUSQUEHANNA LLC; Docket Nos. 50-387 -388), Units 1 and 2.

Mr. Epstein stated, “After repeated requests and attempts to resolve numerous water use,  water safety, and interagency issues with PPL Susquehanna and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, it has become apparent to Mr. Epstein through filings, petitions, responses, and oral argument, that neither the NRC or PPL will address outstanding issues and noncompliance violations, and deemed these challenges ‘outside the scope’ of the present Nuclear Regulatory Commission uprate proceeding.”

Mr. Epstein contended: