An Update on the License Amendment Process & Seabrook’s Concrete
As we wrote on our October 8 blog, the federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) granted C-10 intervenor status in the docket relative to NextEra’s License Amendment Request concerning the ability of the Seabrook Station nuclear plant’s deteriorating concrete to continue to perform as intended.
As a pro se party without legal representation, we’ve been working with attorneys from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Seabrook owner NextEra Energy to establish ground rules relative to the discovery process, schedule, sensitive document access and so forth.
The public hearing the ASLB ordered in its ruling won’t happen until after NRC staff issues their recommendations on the License Amendment Request, and that won’t be until fall of 2018. We do know that the hearing be held near Seabrook Station and likely will last several days. C-10 was the only outside party that sought and was granted intervenor status.
Meanwhile, as former C-10 staff and board members pour through old emails and compile documents to support our contentions, the clock ticked down on the deadline to appeal the ASLB’s ruling.
On Halloween, there was no treat from NextEra attorneys, whose appeal hammered the ASLB for considering regulatory precedent in their decision to give leeway to a citizens group, and for taking the recommendation of NRC staff and reformulating the five contentions they admitted had merit into one:
“The large-scale test program, undertaken for NextEra at the FSEL, has yielded data that are not ‘representative’ of the progression of ASR at Seabrook. As a result, the proposed monitoring, acceptance criteria, and inspection intervals are not adequate.”
Continue reading NextEra’s Halloween Trick: Seabrook Owner Appeals Board Ruling
Standing granted in case on Seabrook’s concrete
The C-10 Research & Education Foundation has been granted standing following its pro se petition to intervene in a regulatory proceeding regarding the plant’s safety and operating license.
NextEra Energy Seabrook LLC’s pending License Amendment Request is relative to the deteriorating concrete at the plant, which has been operating since 1991. Citing serious safety concerns with the concrete and flaws in the concrete testing and monitoring methodologies, C-10 sought intervenor status in the docket, and requested a public hearing.
Continue reading NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board rules in favor of C-10
Once a year the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) holds a public meeting for the people who live near nuclear power plants to hear from them that everything is A-Okay. That the plant receives thousands of hours of inspection, and any problems are minor, and the public is safe.
Last week was our turn, as about dozen NRC staffers came to offer their presentation about safety at Seabrook Station. It was not long on details. Of course, the folks from NextEra, Seabrook’s owner, were in the room. But they were quiet. The ones who had a lot to say and tough questions to ask were state legislators from either side of the border, and concerned citizens – several of whom sit on the C-10 Foundation’s board of directors, and who have closely followed developments with Seabrook’s failing concrete. Continue reading NRC tells public Seabrook is safe, admits concrete a reason for concern