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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Closing Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Will Cost Money And Raise Carbon Emissions


Communications re: Diablo Canyon advocacy and Vendenberg Air Force Base

All: I thought you would be interested in this response from the U.S.
Navy's Steve Chung regarding CGNP's pro- Diablo Canyon advocacy to support
nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base's vital national security mission.
Additional information is available on request.

Gene Nelson, Ph.D.  San Luis Obispo, CA   (805) 363 - 4697 cell

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: RE: [Non-DoD Source] RE: Offshore Wind Proposal for VAFB
From:    "Gene A. Nelson, Ph.D." <government@cgnp.org>
Date:    Tue, August 20, 2019 7:15 am
To:      "Chung, Steve U CIV USN COMNAVREG SW SAN CA (USA)"
<steve.u.chung@navy.mil>
Cc:      "Gene Nelson, Ph.D." <government@cgnp.org>
         "CORTOPASSI, RONALD B GS-15 USAF AFSPC 30 SW/CD
(ronald.cortopassi@us.af.mil)" <ronald.cortopassi@us.af.mil>
         "SCHOBEL, WALTER R GS-13 USAF AFSPC 2 ROPS/DON
(walter.schobel@us.af.mil)" <walter.schobel@us.af.mil>
         "GARCIA, GABRIEL GS-14 USAF AFSPC 30 SW/SEL
(gabriel.garcia@us.af.mil)" <gabriel.garcia@us.af.mil>
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Steve: Thank you for your email.  CGNP is still preparing its final
submission for the California State Lands Commission (CASLC.) You will be
copied on that message.

I'm a former Docent at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in
Washington, DC. I'm aware of Vandenberg Air Force Base's (VAFB's) long
history of supporting our nation's warfighters as I specialized in the
CORONA surveillance satellite system. The first CORONA launch in 1959 was
from VAFB, as were all of the remaining CORONA< GAMBIT< and HEXAGON
missions. The last of those film-return missions was launched in 1986.

The 30th Space Wing at VAFB continues to launch important surveillance
assets. In addition, an installation of the  Missile Defense Agency's
Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system is at VAFB. These assets merit
protection from any adversary's cruise missiles launched from the west of
VAFB. VAFB's defense requires unobstructed RADAR surveillance. Such
surveillance is incompatible with offshore wind generators. In my many
tours of VAFB, I have not observed any on-shore wind generators within the
base perimeter, nor nearby. Wind generators and RADAR installations are
incompatible. CGNP will be supplying updated information about this
incompatibility to the CASLC.

In the mean time, I thought you and your colleagues would be interested in
seeing CGNP's submission to the California State Water Resources Control
Board (SWRCB.)  This filing addresses the reliable provision of electric
power to VAFB from nearby Diablo Canyon Power Plant  (DCPP) in support the
base's vital national security missions. Since those missions run around
the clock, VAFB should be supplied from an "always on" power source,
namely DCPP into the foreseeable future. Neither intermittent wind nor
solar are dispatchable, so neither power generation means makes any
meaningful contribution to VAFB's energy supply resiliency. On the other
hand, DCPP operates independently of California's aging natural gas bulk
distribution and storage system. Instead, DCPP's energy source is located
within DCPP's twin reactor cores.  Brief refueling outages occur on a
staggered basis very 18-20 months. Thus, DCPP reliably produces power
without interruption for VAFB for many years at a time.

Sincerely, and V/R

Gene Nelson, Ph.D.  CGNP Legal Assistant
Californians for Green Nuclear Power, Inc. (CGNP)
1375 East Grand Ave Ste 103 #523
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420-2421
(805) 363 - 4697 cell
Government@CGNP.org email
http://CGNP.org  website



On Tue, August 20, 2019 1:28 am, Chung, Steve U CIV USN COMNAVREG SW SAN
CA (USA) wrote:
> Good Evening Mr. Nelson,
>
>
> Thank you for your note.  The military greatly appreciates your
> thoughtful consideration to protect DoD's readiness capabilities.  Our
> military personnel have, and will continue to give critical review of any
> project proposals to ensure mission compatibility.  As you may already be
> aware, the proposed pilot offshore wind project resides in CA State
> waters, and as such, the permitting authority for the proposal resides
> with the CA State Lands Commission.
>
> Again, thank you for your insightful note.
>
>
> All the Best and V/R,
>
>
> Steve Chung
> NRSW Regional CPLO - Encroachment Program Director
> 937 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92132
> Office: 619-532-4268 / Cell 619-723-5936
> steve.u.chung@navy.mil (NIPR) steve.u.chung@navy.smil.mil (SIPR)
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gene A. Nelson, Ph.D. <government@cgnp.org>
> Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2019 7:08 AM
> To: Chung, Steve U CIV USN COMNAVREG SW SAN CA (USA)
> <steve.u.chung@navy.mil>
> Subject: [Non-DoD Source] RE: Offshore Wind Proposal for VAFB
> Importance: High
>
>
> Steve Chung
> NRSW Regional CPLO - Encroachment Program Director
> 1220 Pacific Highway
> San Diego, CA 92132-5190
> 619-532-4268  Voice
> 619-532-2518  FAX
> steve.u.chung@navy.mil
>
> August 18, 2019
>
>
> Dear Steve:  I have grave concerns regarding the wind energy proposal >
for Vandenberg AFB (VAFB) described in the following article.  I
>summarize those concerns with one word: "INCOMING!"
>
> (I'm sending this pure-text file first in the event that your email
> system blocks files with attachments. In the event that your email system
> blocks emails with attachments, you will not receive CGNP's subsequent
> email.)
>
> Unfortunately, I have a schedule conflict for Friday, August 23. I have
> added the relevant agenda item to the California State Lands Commission
> (CASLC) meeting to the first newspaper article.  I will be attending a
> meeting of the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in
> Sacramento to advocate for the continued safe operation of Diablo Canyon
> Power Plant (DCPP.) Perhaps other members of our independent nonprofit
> will attend the CASLC meeting.
>
> I was driving through VAFB via Highway 1 yesterday. I noticed the
> numerous radomes (RADAR domes) dotting the hillsides.  I'm confident many
> of those radar systems are dedicated to national security purposes to
> protect an important strategic asset, namely VAFB.
>
> Even the small "research scale" wind turbines suggested for the offshore
> oil platform will serve to "blind" radars aimed in the general direction
> of the wind turbines.  RADARs may be programmed to ignore the random
> reflections associated with the operation of a wind turbine. However,
> that means turning off surveillance to that section of the sky.  As an
> example, please see the November 12, 2013 Ottawa Citizen article which
> follows this message.
>
> Please also recall the story of the sinking of the HMS Sheffield by
> Argentina's Air Force during the Falklands War using an Exocet missile on
> May 4, 1982. With VAFB's RADARs blinded, such sea-skimming missiles would
> not be seen by the defenders of VAFB, perhaps until the very last second.
>  Then it would be too late, just as it was for the HMS Sheffield.
>
>
> Additional references regarding this national security topic are found
> here:  http://wiseenergy.org/Energy/NC/RadarReports.pdf  A copy of this
> page follows the Ottawa Citizen article. ___________
>
>
> It seems that interests opposed to U.S. military readiness advocate for
> inherently-intermittent power sources to be used by military bases such
> as VAFB.  CPUC intervenor Californians for Green Nuclear Power, Inc.
> (CGNP) established in written testimony before the California Public
> Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
> (FERC) using official records from the California Independent System
> Operator
> (CAISO) that the capacity factor (percentage ON time) for both solar and
> wind for the half year ending on January 31, 2017 for all of California's
> wind and solar was a paltry 20%. Summary performance data is presented
> here:  "NECG Commentary - Diablo Canyon Retirement" by Gene Nelson, Ph.D.
>  January 11, 2018
> https://nuclear-economics.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-01-11-DCPP-1
> .pdf
> or    https://tinyurl.com/Wind-And-Solar-Scam.  For the approximately 80%
> of the time remaining, California solar and California wind require
> natural gas-fired backup - and California's natural gas-fired generation
> is woefully dependent on an aging (mostly 50-to 60-year old - and
> vulnerable) natural gas pipeline and storage system. An illustration of
> such vulnerabilities was the September 9, 2010 San Bruno Pipeline
> explosion, which killed 8. Another example was the Aliso Canyon Storage
> Field blowout during the fall and winter of 2015-2016.
>
>
> CGNP desires for both public safety and national security in their
> advocacy for the continued safe operation of PG&E's DCPP beyond 2025. In
> contrast to wind and solar, DCPP runs 24/7 Sun or no Sun, wind or no
> wind, drought or flood. Since DCPP has two reactors, the interval between
> the plant being off-line is measured in years. Each of DCPP's reactors
> has a capacity factor in excess of 91%. Its energy source is the U-235 in
> each reactor core. This energy is available independent of California's
> aging natural gas pipeline and storage system. DCPP supplies its reliable
> power to VAFB to support its important national security mission.
>
> __________
>
>
> Furthermore, offshore wind turbines would destroy the last section of the
> Pacific Ocean that is currently a "pristine environment" for military
> R&D, an important contributor to California's economy. The offshore wind
> turbines would blind radars and their substantial infrasonic emissions
> would cripple SONAR for many miles around any offshore wind turbine
> installation.
>
> CGNP has a core technical team comprised of four Ph.D.s whose fields are
> related to nuclear power production. Our legal team is headed by former
> four-term California Assemblyman Mike Gatto. We stand ready to assist you
> in your mission to prevent encroachment of this pristine offshore
> environment by selfish commercial interests that have hired
> smooth-talking lobbyists.  We would also be pleased to meet with you or
> your designee to discuss how DCPP support the national security mission
> of California's 39 military bases - and to discuss the future prospects
> for even more reliable power for these military bases from Small Modular
> Reactors
> (SMRs.)
>
>
> Please confirm receipt of this message - and our subsequent email.
> Thanks!
>
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
> Gene Nelson, Ph.D.  CGNP Legal Assistant Californians for Green Nuclear
> Power, Inc. (CGNP)
> 1375 East Grand Ave Ste 103 #523
> Arroyo Grande, CA 93420-2421
> (805) 363 - 4697 cell
> Government@CGNP.org email       http://CGNP.org  website


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

NRC Public Meeting Regarding Diablo Canyon 08 27 19


 

NRC Public Meeting Regarding Diablo Canyon 08 27 19

 
Attached find the official NRC announcement of a public meeting
regarding the proposed decommissioning of Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP)
in 2025.

This meeting will occur on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the SLO County
Government Center from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Please attend this meeting and
speak up for saving DCPP.


PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
Meeting Near Diablo Canyon Power Plant on the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA) Section 108
August 27, 2019, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers 1055 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 


This is a Category 3 meeting. Public participation is actively sought for this meeting to fully engage the public in a discussion of regulatory issues. 

To assist the NRC staff in identifying best practices and lessons learned for establishment and operation of local community advisory boards (CABs) associated with power reactor decommissioning activities.
John Hickman 301-415-3017 john.hickman@nrc.gov
NRC
Marlayna Doell 301-415-3178 marlayna.doell@nrc.gov
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
Region IV

Office of Public Affairs
Office of Congressional Affairs

05000275
05000323
 
A questionnaire will be available at the meeting to solicit information on specific topics that NEIMA Section 108 requires the NRC to include in a report to Congress on this topic.
Please submit any special accommodation requests (e.g., need for a sign language interpreter, closed captioning, etc.) as soon as possible to the meeting contact.
All times are local to the meeting venue. This meeting may close early based on participation. 

PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA
Meeting Near Diablo Canyon Power Plant on the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA) Section 108
August 27, 2019, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers 1055 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA

The time of the meeting is local to the jurisdiction where the meeting is being held.
The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in this meeting, or if a meeting notice, transcript, or other information from this meeting is needed in another format (e.g., Braille, large print), please notify the NRC meeting contact. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
ADAMS Accession Number: ML19219B389
OFFICIAL RECORD COPY
Link to meeting details: https://www.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg?do=details&Code=20190861

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Video of Growing Populations: Time to Talk about Nuclear Power?

Producer: IAEA Multimedia
The IAEA is organizing the 2019 International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power in Vienna from 7 to 11 October 2019.
The conference will provide a platform to discuss objectively the scientific and technical aspects of the role of nuclear power in combating climate change.
Topics covered in the conference will include: challenges and opportunities for existing nuclear power plants with respect to their continuous contribution to the avoidance of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; factors necessary to support high rates of deployment, including for advanced nuclear power technologies, consistent with achieving the climate change goals, including those established in the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely Goal 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts); and the prospects for synergies between nuclear power and other low carbon energy sources.

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Achieving high levels of safety in the many areas in which countries use nuclear technologies requires a robust and comprehensive international safety framework. The IAEA this year completed a structural revision that has further strengthened the IAEA safety standards, a series of publications which outline the international consensus recommendations for protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.
The IAEA safety standards highlight how authorities and other stakeholders can ensure the safety of activities such as the operation of nuclear installations, transport and use of radioactive material, management of radioactive waste, as well as the application of radiation sources in medicine, industry, agriculture, education and research. Developed in close cooperation with governments and organizations, the contents of these publications are the result of knowledge and experience gained from the use of nuclear technologies and from the application of the safety standards themselves.
The standards consist of three sets of publications: the Safety Fundamentals, the Safety Requirements and the Safety Guides. The first of these establishes the fundamental safety objective and principles of protection and safety and constitutes the conceptual basis for the IAEA's entire safety standards series. The Safety Requirements set out the conditions that must be met to ensure the protection of people and the environment, both now and in the future, and the Safety Guides provide recommendations and guidance on how to comply with the requirements.
The revision of the standards’ structure has increased their user friendliness, harmonized terminology and improved methods for collecting feedback, strengthening the standards and promoting their universal application. The publication of the new Site Evaluation for Nuclear Installations in 2019 marks the completion of the whole set of Requirements in line with the revised long-term structure.
The revised structure comprises seven General Safety Requirements that are applicable to all facilities and activities and seven Specific Safety Requirements, which are facility and activity specific.
“The safety standards underpin global nuclear safety, so we need them to be excellent. And they are – in part thanks to the work of our Member States,” said Juan Carlos Lentijo, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security. “The new structure makes it easier for users to identify which standards apply to their facilities and activities.”
As a part of the revision, the format of the publications themselves was also reformed, with each Safety Requirement now containing a set of overarching requirements, each of which is followed by more detailed requirements that describe the conditions to be met.
“What is significant about this new structure is the improved stability and solidity of the standards themselves,” said Dominique Delattre, Head of the IAEA’s Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section. “This project entailed not only integrating new definitions and concepts in radiation protection and lessons learned in recent years, but also ensuring strengthened harmony among the standards, further integrating the various thematic areas covered in these publications.”
“We have arrived at the long-term structure thanks to an elaborate consulting process with experts from countries all over the world, taking tens of thousands of comments into account,” he said. “This kind of engagement is crucial to improving user-friendliness and therefore promoting the role of the standards as the global reference. We will maintain this intensive engagement during the ongoing revision of the Safety Guides that support the Requirements.”
The IAEA has also recently published a new edition of its  Safety Glossary,  which defines and explains technical terms used in the Standards, as well as provides information on their usage. The Glossary aims to harmonize all terminology and its usage in practice.
The IAEA has also developed an advanced online search tool, the Nuclear Safety and Security Online User Interface (NSS-OUI), which allows users to easily access and browse the content of the IAEA’s safety publications as a complete set and search for specific keywords or text in order to find specific requirements, recommendations and guidance related to selected subject areas or concepts.

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A hotter planet will make solar power less efficient


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https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614140/a-hotter-planet-will-make-solar-power-less-efficient/

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NRC and CNSC Sign Historic Memorandum to Enhance Technical Reviews of Advanced/Small Modular Reactor Technologies

 No: 19- 037 August 15, 2019CONTACT: Office of Public Affairs, 301-415-8200  
NRC and CNSC Sign Historic Memorandum to Enhance Technical Reviews of Advanced/Small Modular Reactor Technologies

https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2019/19-037.pdf

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Moderator for Environmental Degradation meeting Opening Plenary announced

The 19th International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems - Water Reactor
August 18-22, 2019 | Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center | Boston, MA
Dr. Baranwal to moderate Opening Plenary
Join colleagues from around the world next week at the 19th International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems - Water Reactor. The meeting takes place August 18-22 at the Seaport Boston Hotel.
 
It's not too late to register and reserve your hotel room. ANS members save $200. Not a member? Join today. 
 
Learn new details about the Opening Plenary session, moderated by Dr. Rita Baranwal, and taking place from 8-10 am on Monday, August 19:
 
Opening Plenary:
Regulatory Perspectives on Challenges Stemming from Modernization of Nuclear Energy

A three-person, moderated panel consisting of high-level representatives from the U.S., United Kingdom and Canada will discuss the unique regulatory challenges that arise from advancements in technologies, including advanced materials and processing techniques, that are integral to nuclear reactor primary and secondary systems.
 
Moderator:
Dr. Rita Baranwal, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
 
Dr. Baranwal leads the office's efforts to promote research and development (R&D) on existing and advanced nuclear technologies that sustain the existing U.S. fleet of nuclear reactors, enable the deployment of advanced nuclear energy systems, and enhance the U.S.A.'s global commercial nuclear energy competitiveness. 
 
Panelists:
Raj Iyengar, US NRC
Mark Foy, UK Regulator
Ramsay Jammal, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission


Learn more at envdeg.ans.org
American Nuclear Society

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(Our product safety information is produced by our editors and some content sourced from information provided by the respective company directly and government regulatory agencies. If this is a recall we encourage you to contact the company directly for complete information.)

According to FAA regulations "If a product that is dangerous goods or that contains a dangerous goods component (e.g., battery) is subject to a safety recall related to the dangerous goods, it must not be carried aboard an aircraft or in baggage unless the recalled product/component has been replaced or repaired or otherwise made safe per manufacturer/vendor instructions. The FAA and your airline may offer further public guidance on individual recalled products."
The FAA has banned the following Apple MacBook Pro Laptops from checked or carry-on baggage in accordance with the above regulation.
15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program
Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number.
Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries, free of charge.
Eligibility
First check to see which 15-inch MacBook Pro you have.
Confirm your model is "MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)."
If your MacBook Pro is eligible, please stop using it and follow the instructions below to have your battery replaced.
This program does not affect other MacBook Pro models.
Replacement Process
Choose one of the service options below to have your battery replaced. In all cases, your device will be sent to an Apple Repair Center for service. Your MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program. Service may take 1-2 weeks.
  • Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
  • Make an appointment at an Apple Retail Store.
  • Contact Apple Support to arrange mail-in service via the Apple Repair Center.
To prepare your MacBook Pro for service, please back up your data.
This program is for battery replacement only. Please contact Apple Support and speak with an Advisor if you would like to arrange paid service for any additional issue.
Additional Information
This worldwide Apple program doesn't extend the standard warranty coverage of the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
This program does not affect your statutory or warranty rights.
Information as of 2019-06-20, Apple

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Link to The Energy Collective Network

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A Special day for the Augustine Institute


Augustine Institute
Happy Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary
 
Dear friends in Christ,

There is something remarkable about the Solemnity of the Assumption.

In 2005 on this day, Lighthouse Catholic Media was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Lighthouse Catholic Media went on to provide talks about the Faith to hundreds of thousands of Catholics, helping them rediscover and deepen their love for their faith. These are the famous "Lighthouse Talks" that you can find at the entrance of many parishes.

In 2005, on this same day, the Augustine Institute was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Founded as a Graduate School of Theology, the Augustine Institute quickly branched out to become content creators, releasing well-known series such as FORGIVEN and PRESENCE, the Lectio Study series, and more.

And Our Lady definitely has had a hand in both of these stories.

In 2015, the Lighthouse Catholic Media and the Augustine Institute merged to form the Augustine Institute as we know it today, providing even more amazing content to those who are seeking to enter the Faith, learn more about it, or rediscover
their faith. These initiatives have included FORMED.org, and many productions from our Studios team, as well as many books, among which is our new What Every Catholic Should Know series.

What a beautiful journey! We are very blessed to be able to follow Christ's call to help in the New Evangelization in such a profound way. We consider ourselves very blessed.

All of this we attribute to the grace of God, and to the protection and guidance of our Blessed Mother. She has helped us reach millions of people around the world, enkindling in their souls a love for the Lord.
We also want to express an important "Thank You" to so many people for the generous financial help and hard work , and to you for supporting us in every way.
On this important solemnity, you all are in our prayers!
Please pray for us, too, as we all continue to follow Christ.
If you have a FORMED subscription through your parish or on your own, we encourage you to visit FORMED.org, search "Mary," and learn something new about our Lady on her feast day today.

God Bless,

The Augustine Institute Team