May 20, 2013: EXPERT WITNESS REPORT OF ARNOLD GUNDERSEN TO SUPPORT THE PETITION FOR LEAVE TO INTERVENE AND REQUEST FOR HEARING BY BEYOND NUCLEAR (TAKOMA PARK, MD), CITIZENS ENVIRONMENT ALLIANCE SW ONTARIO CANADA, DON'T WASTE MICHIGAN (MI), AND SIERRA CLUB OHIO CHAPTER (OH)
May 22, 2013: [NRC Secretary to Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, docketing of] DAVIS-BESSE NUCLEAR POWER STATION, UNIT 1 PETITION TO INTERVENE AND FOR AN ADJUDICATORY HEARING OF FENOC LICENSE AMENDMENT REQUEST DOCKET NO. 50-346-LA
May 28, 2013: ESTABLISHMENT OF [NRC] ATOMIC SAFETY AND LICENSING BOARD
June 4, 2013: NOTICE OF APPEARANCE: MITZI A. YOUNG, NRC
June 11, 2013: NOTICE OF APPEARANCE: LLOYD B. SUBIN, NRC
June 14, 2013: NOTICE OF APPEARANCE: JEREMY L. WACHUTKA, NRC
June 14, 2013: NOTICE OF APPEARANCE OF DAVID W. JENKINS, FIRSTENERGY
June 14, 2013: NRC STAFF ANSWER TO THE BEYOND NUCLEAR, CITIZENS ENVIRONMENT ALLIANCE OF SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO, DON’T WASTE MICHIGAN, AND OHIO SIERRA CLUB JOINT REQUEST FOR A HEARING AND PETITION FOR LEAVE TO INTERVENE
July 1, 2013: ASLB ORDER (Setting Telephonic Oral Argument)
July 24, 2013: TRANSCRIPT FROM THE ASLB ORAL ARGUMENT PRE-HEARING
August 12, 2013: ASLB DENIAL OF INTERVENTION.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Atomic Safety (sic) and Licensing Board (ASLB) conducted an oral argument pre-hearing on July 24th on FirstEnergy's risky proposed steam generator replacements. A coalition of environmental interveners, including Beyond Nuclear, issued a press release.
The Toledo Blade has reported on this story. The article quotes Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps:
“We need for FirstEnergy to prove that these new steam generators are safe,” said Kevin Kamps, a radioactive-waste specialist for Beyond Nuclear, one of the environmental groups seeking to intervene.
Mr. Kamps, in an interview after the roughly 90-minute oral arguments, called for “an open, transparent process.”
Attorney Terry Lodge (photo, above left) represented the coalition, including Beyond Nuclear, and Arnie Gundersen (photo, left), Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Associates, Inc., serves as its expert witness. Gundersen also serves as Friends of the Earth's expert at San Onofre, where a botched replacement of steam generators put 8 million southern Californians at risk, and has led to a mutli-billion dollar boondoggle, and the permanent shutdown of two reactors. In addition, Gundersen was involved at Crystal River, Florida, where a botched steam generator replacement fatally cracked the concrete containment dome, leading to that reactor's permanent shutdown as well. Davis-Besse also has a severely cracked concrete containment.