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LONDONDERRY TWP. Pa. (May 31, 2010) – Three Mile Island Unit 1 (TMI-1) began producing carbon-free electricity today at 7:18 a.m. ET when operators connected the plant to the regional power grid. TMI-1 generates 852 megawatts of electricity, enough power for more than 800,000 homes.

The unit was taken offline on May 28 at 11 p.m. ET to perform maintenance on a reactor coolant pump. The maintenance work has been completed.

While the plant was offline, plant personnel took advantage of the opportunity to do additional maintenance to ensure a reliable summer operating run.

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C&D Technologies, Inc. (C&D) received a report from a non-domestic customer who is not a U.S. licensee concerning cracks in positive post seals in C&D 3DCU-9 batteries. As a precautionary measure, C&D has chosen to treat this customer's report in the same manner as if the report involved a defect claim by parties regarding matters subject to 10 CFR Part 21. This defect is believed to affect DCU product line batteries 3DCU-7, 2DCU-9, and 3DCU-9, manufactured in the period January 1993 through May 2008. These batteries are used in class 1E applications.

The facilities affected by this are DC Cook, Nine Mile Point, Grand Gulf, Susquehanna, Columbia, and Sequoyah.
 

Event Number: 45961

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Inspection No. 05000320/2010008

Docket No. 05000320

Facility: Three Mile Island Station, Unit 2

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The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) approved two important water protection rules that will shield both drinking water and the state's rivers and streams. One rule sets a protective limit on total dissolved solid (TDS) pollution and requires Marcellus Shale drillers to treat wastewater that they discharge to rivers and streams to drinking water standards. The second rule requires new developments to create or protect a 150 foot natural filter planted with trees and other plants along our best waterways.

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SUSQUEHANNA STEAM ELECTRIC STATION, UNIT NOS. 1 AND 2 - PPL SUSQUEHANNA, LLC RE: CYBER SECURITY PLAN LICENSE AMENDMENT REQUEST (TAC NOS. ME2649 AND ME2650)

ADAMS Accession No. ML092740791

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From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found the Department of Veterans Affairs in apparent violation of three federal regulations involving radiation use at 13 VA hospitals across the country, including the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

While the action could result in a fine, the bigger issue is that the commission could strip the VA of its ability to oversee radiation services at all 153 hospitals nationwide. The commission would then take on those duties or assign them to states such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey that have that capability.

"We have concerns about the way oversight and enforcement actions are being implemented" by the VA, commission spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng said.

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Issuance of Amendment Re: Technical Specification Changes to Reflect Control Rod Drive Control System Upgrade (TAC No. MD9762)

ADAMS Accession No. ML092740791

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Dear Ms. Vietti -Cook,

Attached is a letter from Greenpeace, Beyond Nuclear, Eastern Environmental Law Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Riverkeeper and the Union of Concerned Scientists to Chairman Jaczko and the Commissioners  regarding groundwater contamination and preemption.  Accompanying our letter as an attachment  is a July 5, 2006 letter from NRC's OGC to the Illinois Attorney General.

Please forward these on to Chairman Jacko and the Commission. Several of us will be meeting with the Chairman and other commissioners the June 10 and will be addressing this issue.

Sincerely,

Jim Riccio
Greenpeace
 

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From the Burlington Free Press:

Vermont Yankee reported Friday afternoon that the radioactive isotope strontium has been located in the soil near where tritium had been discovered leaking at the Vernon nuclear power plant in January.

Strontium-90 was discovered in soil that had been excavated from the area of the leak, Vermont Yankee spokesman Larry Smith said. It was noted in an analysis the company received Monday from a soil sample taken March 17, he said. The state Health Department and Nuclear Regulatory Commission were notified Thursday, he said.

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From Environmental Health Perspectives:

Since the first report of increased childhood leukemia rates around Britain’s Sellafield nuclear power plant (NPP) in 1983, controversy has surrounded the possible link between the disease and proximity to nuclear reactors. Twenty‐five years later the debate rages on, with different studies yielding seemingly contradictory findings. A public sensitized to the dangers of nuclear power might well ask the question: why aren’t we sure by now?

“The many studies that have been performed are difficult to compare because of differences in their methodology,” explains John Bithell, honorary visiting fellow at the Childhood Cancer Research Group, University of Oxford. These differences include the age groups studied, the geographical areas considered, and potential confounding factors such as socioeconomic status.

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