FOR RELEASE: April 24, 2002
Contacts: See Signatories Below
Independent Experts at Davis-Besse
WASHINGTON, DC (April 24, 2002) ---- Fifteen Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and national organizations today formally petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to order FirstEnergy to bring in an independent team of outside consultants to verify safety levels at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant. Precedent for this action occurred on August 14, 1996 when the NRC ordered the owner of the Millstone nuclear plant in Connecticut to bring in such a team after very similar safety problems were discovered.
The charter for an independent team of experts and the justification for its activities are detailed in the enclosed “PETITION PURSUANT TO 10 CFR 2.206 REGARDING SAFETY AT DAVIS-BESSE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT.”
The independent team will not verify the propriety of the proposed patch to the damaged reactor vessel head. Instead, the team will focus on other equipment at the plant that may also have been damaged by the long-time leak of borated water. The team will also examine how FirstEnergy handled safety problems occurring at Davis-Besse in recent years to verify that there are no other overlooked warning signs. The team will prepare a written report on its efforts and present its findings to the NRC in a public meeting held near the plant.
The petition was submitted to the NRC in accordance with federal regulations that allow the public to request enforcement action. In this case, the enforcement action would be an order requiring FirstEnergy to bring the independent team.
The following organizations have signed on to this petition:
Safe Energy Communication Council (OH), Christine Patronik-Holder, (440) 708-1755
Ohio Citizen Action (OH), Shari Weir, Consumer Issues Director, (216) 861-5200
Citizen Power (PA), David Hughes, Executive Director, (412) 421-6072
Citizens Protecting Ohio (OH), Harvey Wasserman, (614) 231-0507
Citizens' Resistance at Fermi Two (MI), Keith Gunter
Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes (MI), Michael J. Keegan
Don't Waste Michigan (MI), Alice Hirt
Earth Day Coalition (OH), Chris Trepal, Executive Director, (216) 281-6468
Environmental Health Watch (OH), Stuart Greenberg, Executive Director, (216) 961-4646
Greenpeace (USA), Jim Riccio, (202) 319-2487
Nuclear Information and Resource Service (USA), Paul Gunter, (202) 328-0002
Ohio Environmental Council (OH), Kurt Waltzer, (614) 487-7506
Portsmouth/Piketon Residents for Environmental Safety and Security (OH), Vina Colley, (614) 259-4688
Toledo Coalition for Safe Energy (OH), Terry Lodge, (419) 255-7552
Union of Concerned Scientists (USA), David Lochbaum, (202) 223-6133