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Enited $tates 5tnatt WASHINGTON, DC 20510-2002 July 20, 1999 Mr. Dennis K. Rathbun Director Office of Congressional Affairs U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Washington, D.C. 20555
Dear Mr. Rathbun:
Enclosed is a copy of correspondence I received from The New 7th Democratic Club Civic, Inc. The letter raises some serious concerns about the renewal of the nuclear reactor licenses for the Calvert Cliffs Power Plant. I would certainly appreciate it if you would carefully review this matter and provide me with an appropriate response.
Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.
With best regards, Sincerely,
Paul Sarbanes United States Senator PSS/jms i
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Dear Senator Sarbanes,
We have enclosed a copy of a letter we are sending to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The letter outlines our position on the renewal of the nuclear reactor licenses for the Calvert Cliffs Power Plant, We spent several months reviewing the issue before reaching this position. We would appreciate your consideration of our views. We sincerely hope that you will concur with our conclusions and use the resoun:es of your office to encourage the NRC to act on our recommendations.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this important tratter.
, s William C. Batton, President O
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The New 7th Democratic Civic Club, Inc.
1936 Merritt Boulevard June 24,1999 Baltimore, Maryland 21222-4628 (410) 288-5650
Dear Dr. Jackson:
We write to express out opinions on the renewal of the nuclear reactor licenses for the Cahrn Cliffs Power Plant. We have spent sescral months reviewing this issue. We heard from representatives of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BG&E) and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Our members debated the issue at length and have reached a consensus. Based on our first hand experiences with BG&E we trust that they can, and will, continue to operate the plant safely and responsibility. We were unable to identify any reasons to deny the license renewal. We therefore wish to express our support for the renewal application of BG&E.
With five nuclear plants in Pennsyhunia, two in Virginia, and two in New Jersey, we do have some concerns about the renewal process. . ' Die proximity of the Three Mile Island (TMI) facility to our area has made us very aware of our vulnerability to plants outside our influence. With no realistic legal or political standing outside of Maryland, we must rely upon the auspices of your Commission to protect our communities from incompetent or irresponsible nuclear plant operators.
During our examination of this issue we have come to believe that the renewal process needs imprm ement.
The regulatory specifications seem to lack specificity to the point of going from objective to subjective criteria. " Appropriate" and " reasonable" cannot be considered objective, tangible measurements. We strongly urge you to provide clear, specific, and measurable criteria for all technical, structural, operational, and engineering factors relevant to the operation of nuclear facilitics.
We are also disturbed by the amount of time allowed for public comment and the scheduling of that input period. It is our understanding that the public was given 30 days to comment on w hat took many months to develop, and that the information presented for public comment was amended after the public comment period was closed. We vigorously urge you to revise the procedures to allow sufficient time for the public to review, evaluate, and respond to the infonnation developed by your agency through the application process.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
l- < $f Mr. William C. Batton, President Cc: U.S. Senator Paul Sarbancs U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski U.S. Congressman Robert FMich Baltimore County Ewcauve Dutch Ruppersberger Maryland State Senator Norman Stone Baltimore County Counci' man John Olszewski Maryland State Delegate John Arnick Maryland State Delegate Joseph Minnick Maryland State Delegate Jacob Mohorosie
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