Exelon May Shut Down Nuclear Plants:, by Ethan Howland, February 7, 2014

Crain's Chicago Business, by Steve Daniels, February 6, 2014
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.


Fukushima to become 100% renewable powered by 2040


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.


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


Room: Morrison Gallery

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.


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

Register online free of charge at

For further information, please contact:

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

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Response Regarding Licensee Dose Assessment Submittals Associated with Near-Term Task Force Recommendation 9.3 Related to the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3, Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, and Limerick Generating Station, Units 1 and 2 - Reassignment of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Branch Chief

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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Reassignment of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Branch Chief

Download ML14027A636


Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Summary of Conference Calls Regarding the Fall 2013 Steam Generator Tube Inservice Inspection (TAC No. MF2799)

Download ML14015A356



Due to the government shutdown and subsequent rescheduling of public meetings and extension of the public comment period, the Commission has granted the Waste Confidence Directorate a four-week extension to the overall rulemaking schedule.  However, in granting the extension, the Commission urged the Waste Confidence Directorate to continue to work towards the original September 2014 deadline for the rulemaking, and the Directorate is doing just that.  A press release regarding this announcement was issued this afternoon:   Any additional schedule-related announcements will continue to be made via WCOutreach e-mail and will be posted to our website at

And finally, a quick reminder that the Waste Confidence Directorate will be hosting a status update teleconference on Wednesday, January 29th, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.  To participate, prior to the start of the meeting, please dial 1-800-475-8385 and provide the operator with passcode 80907.

Staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Waste Confidence Directorate

Power Reactor
Event Number: 49753
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
Notification Date: 01/21/2014
Notification Time: 21:14 [ET]
Event Date: 01/21/2014
Event Time: 13:40 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/21/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section: 
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization): 




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Event Text



"At 1340 [EST] on 1/21/2014, Susquehanna Control Room Operators received an alarm due to the lockup of a monitoring panel utilized for Vent Stack Radiation Monitors (known as SPINGs - System Particulate, Iodine, and Noble Gas). There are two monitor panels, one in the control room and one in the Technical Support Center (TSC). Both panels are fully redundant. At the time, the control room panel was out of service for maintenance. 


"This event rendered all five SPINGs inoperable. Additionally, control room alarm capability was not available. The associated Technical Requirement (TROs) were entered for this inoperability. In order to clear the lockup, the TSC terminal needed to be powered down and rebooted. 


"The TSC monitoring terminal was restored to operable status at 1352 and the associated TROs were cleared. The SPING function and control room alarm functions were inoperable for a total of 12 minutes. 


"In accordance with the guidance of NUREG 1022, Revision 3, Item 3.2.13, this event is being reported as an 8 hour ENS notification due to a loss of emergency assessment capability. The loss of the Stack Monitoring System was not part of a pre-planned evolution. This equipment is relied upon by control room operators and emergency response personnel to implement procedures addressing classification, assessment, and protective actions associated with the emergency plan." 


The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.