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Urges Postponement of Restart Decision Until Issues Re Operator cheating,TMI-2 Cleanup & Operator Competence & Integrity Resolved
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Site: Three Mile Island Exelon icon.png
Issue date: 06/02/1983
From: Thornburgh D
To: Palladino N
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., E RY COUll5El THE GOVERNOR June 2, 1983 Dr. Nunzio J. Palladino Chairman U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Washington, D.C. 20555

Dear Mr. Chairman:

I am writing because of suggestions that the time has come for your commission to authorize restart of the Unit 1 nuclear generation station at Three Mile Island.

Nearly four years ago, I asked this commission to postpone any decision regarding Unit 1 restart because a number of serious health, safety, environmental, operational, management and other issues had yet to be resolved. I believe the commission acted in the public interest at that time by post-poning its restart decision.

Nearly two and one-half years later, on Nov. 24, 1981, I repeated to this commission my concern that any action by the .

NRC to allow restart of TMI Unit 1 be preceded by adequate assurances that this facility gan be operated safely.

Today, more than four years after the March 28, 1979 accident at the nearby TMI Unit 2 facility, I must advise you that while progress has been made, adequate safety assurances have not been fully provided with regard to Unic 1, either to me or to the people of this area.

My reservations are now principally focused on the poss-ibility, to which this Commonwealth has objected, that TMI-1 would be operated by persons found to have cheated on their qualifying examinations, the possibility, r.aised by engineering technicians and others, that the radiation cleanup of the damaged TMI-Unit 2 may not be proceeding as safely as it should, and the possibility, raised last month by the NRC staff itself, that the levels of operator competence and integrity at TMI may not be as high as those which the public is entitled to expect.

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.the cost-sharing plan I advanced in 1981.

I believe, in fact, that all of these concerns bear on the safety assurances I have directed this Commonwealth to seek ,

since 1979.

A prompt, thorough and effective investigation and public resolution of those issues raised in the Commonwealth's appeal of August 20, 1982, and those raised by your staff and by workers at the plant itself, is absolutely essential before this commission seriously entertains any action with regard to restart.

Before these issues are resolved, I would find it dis-turbing, indeed, for the commission to take action on restart.

I would find it particularly inappropriate for the commission to take such action prior to hearing this Commonwealth's appeal on the operator cheating issue.

On behalf of all who live within the shadow of Three Mile Isla'nd, all who believe that public health and safety must be the first concern of those who see a future for commercial nuclear power, and on behalf of the integrity of the commission and the regulatory process it represents, I once again urge you l and your colleagues to postpone any decision on restart until

these issues have been satisfactorily addressed and resolved. ,

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Dick Thor .

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cc: Commissioner Gilinsky Commissioner Ahearne Commissioner Robert's i Commissioner Asselstine i

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