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Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Request for Additional Information Regarding Proposed License Amendment Request to Revise Technical Specification Reporting Requirements (TAC No. MF0628)

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TMI Accident Entering Its 36th Year

The accident that seems to have no end will continue beyond the lifetimes of most of the adults who nervously fol- lowed the news of the accident’s begin- ning in late March of 1979. Thanks to recent rulings by the NRC, it doesn’t look like the decommissioning of the damaged plant will get underway until mid-way through this century.

The decommissioning of TMI-2 is tied to the clean-up of Unit 1. Unit 1 recently had its license extended to 2034. Dis- mantling of Unit 1 is expected to take another 20 years, and it is during this period when the final clean-up of Unit 2 is expected to begin.

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SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION RELATED TO REQUEST FOR INFORMATION PURSUANT TO TITLE 10 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS 50.54(f) REGARDING SEISMIC HAZARD REEVALUATIONS FOR RECOMMENDATION 2.1 OF THE NEAR-TERM TASK FORCE REVIEW OF INSIGHTS FROM THE FUKUSHIMA DAI-ICHI ACCIDENT

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Prince-Embury, S., & Rooney, J. F. (1995).

Psychological adaptation of residents following restart of Three Mile Island. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 8(1), 47–58.

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Psychological adaptation is examined in a sample of residents who remained in the vicinity of Three Mile Island following the restart of the nuclear generating facility which had been shut down since the 1979 accident. Findings indicate a lowering of psychological symptoms between 1985 and 1989 in spite of increased lack of control, less faith in experts and increased fear of developing cancer. The suggestion is made that reduced stress might have been related to a process of adaptation whereby a cognition of emergency preparedness was integrated by some of these residents as a modulating cognitive element. Findings also indicate that “loss of faith in experts” is a persistently salient cognition consistent with the “shattered assumptions” theory of victimization.

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Entergy, after review, decides
to retain merchant units: CEO

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Exelon May Shut Down Nuclear Plants:
UtilityDive.com, by Ethan Howland, February 7, 2014
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/exelon-may-shut-down-nuclear-plants/224999/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Utility+Dive+created+2014-02-07+091518154427&utm_content=Utility+Dive+created+2014-02-07+091518154427+CID_bd294bfcd102b2720bf7c0ba150ec2d4&utm_source=campaignmonitor&utm_term=Exelon%20may%20shut%20down%20nuclear%20plants
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Crain's Chicago Business, by Steve Daniels, February 6, 2014
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140206/NEWS11/140209844/tick-tock-exelon-to-decide-by-years-end-on-illinois-nuke-closures#
Some of Exelon's ten nuclear plants are unprofitable and the company may shut them down. Analysts have identified the downstate Clinton plant and Quad Cities as the two in Illinois that fit this description. A decision is expected by the end of the year. The Chicago-based company contends that its roughly 19,000 MW of nuclear plants have been hurt by low power prices caused by subsidized wind generation and low natural gas prices. Exelon argues that tax credits enable wind farms in areas of the country that have a surplus of power, like Illinois, to run profitably even when wholesale prices are zero. Accordingly, the company will push for policies to end renewable subsidies.

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Fukushima to become 100% renewable powered by 2040

06/02/2014 

Fukushima’s prefecture, three years after the major earthquake which resulted in a nuclear disaster, has announced that they wish to be totally renewable powered by 2040. The idea is seen as a positive step to embrace renewable energy in Japan, where the national government remains pro-nuclear, despite a survey found that that 53 percent of Japanese people wanted to see nuclear power phased out gradually, while other 23% wanted it immediately done with.

After the incident, Japan has had to shut down 50 of its nuclear reactors, which has forced the government to switch to other sources of energy. Currently, Japan’s solar industry has registered a great success, in large part due to government incentives such as a feed-in tariff that was passed into law soon after the Fukushima meltdown. Another important renewable project is the Renewable Energy Village (REV) with about 120 solar panels whose combined power generation amounts to 30 kilowatts, while in the months to come the photovoltaic panels that have so far been installed are expected to be accompanied by several wind turbines. At present, Fukushima derives 22% of its primary energy from renewable sources.

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TMI @ 35 Conference

The Three Mile Island Nuclear Crisis in Perspective

This event information was created Oct 9 2013 - 1:42pm, updated Dec 18 2013 - 1:05pm
 

Where

Room: Morrison Gallery

When
Thu, 03/27/2014   - Fri, 03/28/2014 


Three Mile Island

Join us at our two-day conference as we re-examine the lessons learned from the historic TMI nuclear crisis and answer important questions about how TMI set a precedent for nuclear security and safety, how it informed research, and how the event provided a catalyst for social change. We’ll also examine the management of complex catastrophic events today. What does such management look like in the era of Homeland Security?

Featuring experts from Penn State Faculty, external experts and stakeholders, historic personalities, and eyewitnesses.

This event is organized by the School of Public Affairs, Chair of Homeland Security, in collaboration with other schools and units of Penn State Harrisburg and Penn State.

Program:

A conference program flyer will be available soon — stay tuned.

Highlights include:

Oral history panel – The TMI accident from the point of view of involved/affected communities
Roundtable: TMI 1979 in perspective – Changes in nuclear security and safety
Panel: TMI and the comprehensive approach to crisis management – cross-disciplinary perspectives from Penn State research
Student panel: TMI and anti-nuclear activism
Concluding roundtable: Challenges ahead – What we did (not) learn from TMI for the era of Homeland Security
Reception hosted by the Program Office of inter-college Master program of Homeland Security, Penn State Harrisburg
Conference Dates and Times:

Thursday, March 27, noon - 6pm
Friday, March 28, 9am-6:30pm
Registration:

Register online free of charge at http://tmi-35.eventbrite.com

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Alexander Siedschlag
Professor and Chair of Homeland Security
Penn State Harrisburg

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