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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Reports

Series 2: Correspondence

Series 3: Testimony

Series 4: News Clippings

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Allens Creek Nuclear Generating Plant Collection RG.O.0004



Descriptive Summary

Creator Potthoff, Frederick
Title: Allen's Creek Nuclear Generating Plant Collection
Dates: September 1978-June 1982
Identification: RG.O.0004
Extent 2.5 linear feet, 5 boxes, 380 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

In the 1970’s, Houston Lighting and Power Company (HL&P) applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a permit to build a nuclear generating plant at Wallis, Texas, less than 50 miles from the western edge of Houston. Public opposition to this plan, fueled in part by press coverage of problems at other plants around the country, led to lengthy public hearings, including court action. In the meantime, the costs of construction escalated. In the end, HL&P withdrew its request.

Aug 1973 Houston Lighting and Power Company (HL&P) filed application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for permits to construct Allens Creek Nuclear Generating Station (ACNGS) Units 1 and 2 at Wallis, Texas.
Nov 1974-Mar 1975 HL&P issued a safety evaluation report and an environmental statement and NRC held hearings on environmental and site suitability.
Sept 1975 HL&P deferred construction plans.
Oct 1976 HL&P reactivated construction plans for Unit 1 only.
Mar 1978 The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board invited filing of petitions to intervene in the application process and issued a notice of intervention procedures.
Mar 1979 The water pump used to cool the reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, broke down, releasing radioactive steam into the atmosphere. The Houston Press covered the story extensively and the number of letters from concerned citizens increased substantially.
Jan-Nov 1981 Litigation of one-hundred contentions (of possible safety hazards) by twelve individuals approved as intervenors.
Nov 1978, Oct 1979, & Dec 1980 The NRC held hearings in Wallis and Houston during which limited appearance statements were made by more than one-hundred individuals.
August 1982 HL&P withdraws its application for construction permit.

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Scope and Contents

The materials preserved in this collection were part of those collected by Frederick Potthoff, a resident of Houston concerned about the proposed construction of ACNGS. Mr. Potthoff was also a member of the Mockingbird Alliance, an organization dedicated to “. . . halting the construction of all atomic power plants.” The materials were collected by Mr. Potthoff over a four year period from 1978-1982, and were donated to the Houston Metropolitan Research Center in 1986.

A portion of the materials donated were not preserved in the collection. These include reports on alternative energy sources and treatment of nuclear waste, government publications on procedural issues, testimony regarding HL&P’s request to the Texas Public Utilities Commission for a rate increase, and newspaper clippings not specifically related to proposed or operating nuclear power plants.

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Arrangement

Series 1: Reports
Series 2: Correspondence
Series 3: Testimony
Series 4: Clippings

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

None.

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Index Terms

Allens Creek Nuclear Generating Station (Tex.)
Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant (Pa.)
Antinuclear movement
Nuclear Power Plants--Design and construction
Nuclear Power Plants--Environmental aspects
Nuclear Power Plants--Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Allens Creek Nuclear Generating Plant Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Frederick Potthoff, February 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by: Ann Porter, June 2005.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1: Reports

Scope and Contents note
Scientific and engineering reports related to construction of ACNGS. The reports were completed by staff of HL&P and NRC.
Box Folder
1 1 Synopsis of events relating to application for permits to construct ACNGS. September 1981.
2 Safety evaluation report related to the construction of ACNGS, supplement # 2. March 1979.
3 ACNGS preliminary safety analysis report. January 1981.
4 NRC requests further information from HL&P related to safety evaluation report. 1981.
5 HL&P response to NRC request. July 1981.
6 Safety evaluation report related to the construction of ACNGS, supplement # 3. July 1981.
7 Safety evaluation report related to the construction of ACNGS, supplement # 4. October 1981.
8 Final supplement to the final environmental statement related to construction of ACNGS. August 1978.
9 Draft supplement to the final environmental statement related to the construction of ACNGS. December 1980.
10 Supplement to the final environmental statement related to the construction of ACNGS. March 1981.
11 NRC staff’s proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law on environmental matters. January 1982.
12 Geography and demography of proposed site. No date.
13 Description of proposed site of barge off-loading facility in Brazoria County. No date.

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Series 2: Correspondence

Scope and Contents note
Copies of letters written over a three-year period by concerned citizens who lived or worked within a 50 mile radius of the proposed ACNGS site and were opposed to its construction.
Box Folder
2 1 Letters to NRC from concerned citizens wishing to intervene in hearings scheduled October 10-November 18, 1978. October-November 1978.
2 Letters to NRC from concerned citizens wishing to intervene in hearings scheduled for October 15-19, 1979. April-June 1979.
3 Letters to NRC from citizens wishing to intervene in hearings scheduled October 15-19, 1979. July 1979.
4 Letters to NRC from citizens wishing to intervene in hearings scheduled October 15-19,1979. August-October, 1979.
5 Letters to NRC from citizens wishing to intervene in hearings scheduled December 2, 1980. March-December 1980.
6 Letters to NRC from citizens wishing to intervene in hearings scheduled January 12, 1981. December 1980- June 1981.
7 Letter favorable to construction of ACNGS. September 1981.
8 Press releases issued by intervenors. February-July 1981.
9 NRC staff response to citizens wishing to intervene. December 1978-August 1979.
10 Letters of cooperation from area governmental entities. May-August 1980.
11 Intervention by members of Congress. August 1980-March 1981.
Box Folder
3 1 Nuclear intervenors training manual. September 1978.
2 Contentions of intervenors. No date.
3 NRC staff’s proposed schedule of hearings on contentions of intervenors. August 1980.

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Series 3: Testimony

Scope and Contents note
Testimony of expert witnesses hired by HL&P to counter contentions of safety risks made by the twelve approved intervenors.
Box Folder
3 4 Testimony of Charles Ferrell and Leonard Suffer regarding Bishop contention 1: Population density projections. No date.
5 Testimony of Robert Iotto, William Carnes, and William Mercurio regarding Bishop contentions 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10: Pipelines crossing the Brazos River. April 20,1981.
6 Testimony of Kazimeras Compe regarding Bishop contentions 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10: Pipelines crossing the Brazos River. April 20,1981.
7 Testimony of NRC staff regarding Bishop contentions 12 and 21: Radioactivity in the cooling lake. No date.
8 Testimony of Kazimeras Compe regarding Bishop contention 17: Hazardous materials transportation. July 27, 1981.
9 Testimony of J. B. Cannon, S. A. Carnes and R. M. Reed regarding Bishop contention 23a: Site Alternatives. No date.
10 Testimony of Tai Huang regarding Doherty contention 41: Water level indicators. July 27,1981.
11 Testimony of Felix Litton regarding Doherty contention 43: Stainless Steel Cleaning and Regulatory Guide. October 22, 1981.
12 Testimony of Felix Litton regarding Doherty contention 47: Turbine Missiles. May 11, 1981.
13 Testimony of Vincent Leung regarding Doherty contention 48: Control Rods. May 11,1981.
14 Testimony of Felix Litton regarding Doherty contention 50: Jet pump hold-down beams. May 11,1981.
15 Testimony of Kevin Holtzclaw, and Richard Williams regarding Doherty contentions 3, 39, and 20a: Fuel-specific enthalpy, fuel swelling, and gap conductance. No date.
16 Testimony of Vincent Leung regarding Doherty contention 6: Recirculation pump overspeed. May 11,1981.
17 Testimony of Eugene Eckert regarding Doherty contention 7: LCPI cold slug. April 20, 1981.
18 Testimony of Marvin Hodges regarding Doherty contentions 8, 17, and 32: ATWS, SRV reliability, ECCS vaporization rate. July 27,1981.
19 Testimony of Kamran Mokhtarian regarding Doherty contention 9: Containment buckling. April 20,1981.
20 Testimony of Sai Chan regarding Doherty contentions 9 and 27: Containment buckling and reactor pedestal. April 20,1981.
21 Testimony of Om Chopra regarding Doherty contention 10 and 30: High pressure core spray and interconnecting grid stability. May 11,1981.
22 Testimony of Vincent Leung regarding Doherty contention 11. October 30, 1981.
23 Testimony of Ralph Meyer regarding Doherty contentions 14 and 25: Fuel failure detection methods. May 11,1981.
24 Testimony of Walter Brooks regarding Doherty contention 15: WIGLE computer code. October 30, 1981.
25 Testimony of Walter Brooks regarding Doherty contention 21. October 30, 1981.
26 Testimony of Walter Brooks regarding Doherty contention 24: Rod drop. October 30, 1981.
27 Testimony of Calvin Moon regarding Doherty contention 26: Stud bolts. July 27,1981.
28 Testimony of Diron Simpadyan regarding Doherty contention 27: Reactor pedestal. April 20, 1981.
29 Testimony of Jerome Pearring regarding Doherty contention 29: Blockage of intake canal. July 27,1981.
30 Testimony of Marvin Hodges regarding Doherty contention 40: Accidental releases of 133-xenon. July 27,1981.
31 Testimony of Ralph Meyer regarding Doherty contentions 3, 20a, and 39: Fuel-specific enthalpy, gap conductance and cladding swelling. April 20,1981.
32 Testimony of Jacques Reed regarding Doherty contention 40: Accidental releases of 133-xenon. July 27,1981.
Box Folder
4 1 Testimony of Gerald Gears regarding Marrack contention 2b: Transmission lines-health effects. No date.
2 Testimony of Robert Reed regarding Marrack contention 2c: Transmission line impacts on waterfowl. No date.
3 Testimony of Robert McCuistion regarding TEXPIRG contention 1: STP vs. AC1. No date.
4 Testimony of Calvin Moon, Sam Carnes, Robert Reed and Frank Sanders regarding TEXPIRG contention AC-1 : Reactor pressure vessel transportation. No date.
5 Testimony of F. S. Sanders regarding TEXPIRG contentions 2 and 4: Acquatic ecology of cooling reservoir. No date.
6 Testimony of Kazimeras Compe regarding TEXPIRG contention 6: Aircraft hazards. April 20,1981.
7 Testimony of Keith Woodard regarding TEXPIRG contention 6: Aircraft hazards. April 20,1981.
8 Testimony of J. W. Dick , N. E. Hinkle, K. Johnson, and C.R. Kerley regarding TEXPIRG contention 5 and 7a-d: Alternative energy sources. No date.
9 Testimony of Gregory Harrison regarding TEXPIRG contention 21: Cable fires. May 11, 1981.
10 Testimony of John Nehemias regarding TEXPIRG contention 21: Occupational radiation exposure. May 11, 1981.
11 Testimony of Sanat Korde regarding TEXPIRG contention 26: Computer code error. April 20, 1981.
12 Testimony of Jay Lee regarding TEXPIRG contention 30: Charcoal absorber fires. May 11, 1981.
13 Testimony of James Knight regarding TEXPIRG contention 38: Scram discharge. October 30, 1981.
14 Testimony of Felix Litton regarding TEXPIRG contention 39: Fracture toughness. May 11, 1981.
15 Testimony of Robert Schemel re TEXPIRG contention AC 28: Post-accident monitoring. July 27,1981.
16 Testimony of Fred Allenspach and John Gilray regarding TEXPIRG contention AC 31: Technical qualifications. March 24,1982.
17 Testimony of Conrad McCracken regarding TEXPIRG contention AC 52: Outside containment sampling. July 27, 1981.
18 Testimony of Calvin Moon regarding Board question 2: Use of wash-1400. No date.
19 Testimony of Calvin Fields regarding Board question 4A: Combustible gas control. July 27, 1981. July 27, 1981.
20 Testimony of Calvin Moon regarding Board question 7: on-site transportation accident. No date.
21 Testimony of Mel Fields regarding containment questions: compliance with GDC 50(ASLB6) and bypass leakage (ASLB9}. May 11,1981.
22 Testimony of William Bivins regarding Potential requirements for dredging San Bernard River to transport the reactor vessel. No date.
23 Testimony of Robert Urbanik regarding evacuation time estimate study for Allens Creek. October 14,1981.
24 Partial transcript of NRC hearings on ACNGS, pp.1627-1802. August 30, 1980.

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Series 4: News Clippings

Scope and Contents note
Newspaper clippings which focused on the multiple potential hazards in construction and operation of nuclear generating plants.
Box Folder
5 1 News clippings related to accident at Three Mile Island nuclear generating plant. March-November 1979.
2 News clippings related to accident at Three Mile Island nuclear generating plant. No dates.
3 News clippings related to proposal for construction of ACNGS. October-November 1979.
4 News clippings related to proposal for construction of ACNGS. December 1980.
5 News clippings related to proposal for construction of ACNGS. January-December 1981.
6 News clippings related to proposal for construction of ACNGS. February-August 1982.
7 News clippings related to proposal for construction of ACNGS. No dates.
8 News clippings related to construction of South Texas Nuclear Plant (STNP ). July-December 1979.
9 News clippings related to construction of STNP. January-June 1981.
10 News clippings related to construction of STNP. July 1981- June 1982.
11 Mockingbird Alliance. No dates.
12 Letters from F. Potthoff to NRC re construction of ACNGS. November 1978-August 1980.
13 Letters to F. Potthoff from various sources re construction of ACNGS. November 1978-August 1981.
14 F. Potthoff’s working papers. No dates.

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