Friday, July 19, 2013

7.24 PHONE IN: Davis-Besse Steam Generator Replacement Hearing


Davis-Besse Steam Generator Replacement Hearing before the
Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. The “Telephonic Oral Hearing” will begin at 1:30 pm EST Wed., July 24, 2013. Please phone into Hearing @ 800-779-1642 passcode is 8093521

Please phone in as we need to let the ASLB know that the whole world is watching. From the very top the NRC wants this Intervention shutdown. A very similar Intervention at San Onofre resulted in shutting two reactors. – Please mark your calendar and mark the above numbers. This Intervention has far reaching implications at other nuclear plants. Thank you for spreading the word.

ASLB Hearing Notification link:


The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hear oral arguments Wed., July 24, 2013 on the Davis-Besse nuclear plant steam generator replacements. The contention alleges that at least nine major nuclear plant modifications have not been scrutinized and must do so, in a full license amendment proceeding. A very similar contention led to the permanent shutdown of two reactors at San Onofre nuclear plant in CA on June 7th. 

The contention was filed May 20th by Interveners including Beyond Nuclear, Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don’t Waste Michigan, and the Sierra Club of Ohio. The oral arguments will discuss standing and whether the ASLB should admit the contention on the merits. The (ASLB) Board intends to ask questions regarding the Joint Petitioners’ standing and the admissibility of the proffered contention.

The steam generator replacement concerns at Davis-Besse are nearly identical to the engineering shortcomings at the San Onofre reactors which led to their failure and ultimate closing of those reactors. Fairewinds Associates,Inc's Chief Engineer Arnold Gundersen provided expert testimony, on behalf of Friends of the Earth, which led to the closing of the two San Onofre reactors. Arnold Gundersen is now expert for the environmental interveners on the Davis-Besse steam generator replacements. 

Background narratives with updates are posted at Beyond Nuclear at the following links:

The entire ASLB docket including environmental interveners testimony and petition will soon be posted at Beyond Nuclear as Davis-Besse Hearing Docket Steam Generators, or could be sent upon request to 

Interveners are seeking to prevent the unregulated installation of replacement steam generators which are not “like-for-like”, “same-for-same”, “fit-form-function”. FirstEnergy’s attempts to install steam generators without adequate oversight put the entire Great Lakes basin at risk of a catastrophic cascading steam generator failure leading to Loss of Coolant Accident or LOCA resulting in meltdown and potentially catastrophic radioactivity releases. 

Thanks for your review and participation – Help!

Michael J. Keegan – Don’t Waste Michigan

Kevin Kamps – Beyond Nuclear

Patricia Marida – Sierra Club Ohio

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