NRC accepts Point Beach SLR application

January 26, 2021, 7:01AMNuclear News

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review NextEra Energy’s subsequent license renewal (SLR) application for its Point Beach reactors, making them the fifth and sixth units currently under consideration for a second 20-year license renewal. (SLR applications for Dominion Energy’s North Anna-1 and -2 and Surry-1 and -2 are also being reviewed, while SLR approval has been granted for Exelon’s Peach Bottom and NextEra’s Turkey Point units.)

NextEra submitted the SLR application in November of last year—the first such application involving a Midwestern nuclear plant. The NRC approved the plant’s initial license renewal in December 2005, allowing Unit 1 to operate through October 5, 2030, and Unit 2 through March 8, 2033.

Petition time: The NRC published in the January 22 Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request a hearing and to petition for leave to intervene in the license renewal proceeding. Such requests “by anyone whose interest may be affected by the proposed license renewal and who wishes to participate as a party in the proceeding” must be filed by March 23, 2021, the NRC said.

Background: Point Beach, Wisconsin’s only operating nuclear power plant, is located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Two Rivers, Wis. It comprises two 615-MWe two-loop Westinghouse pressurized water reactors that have been in commercial operation since the early 1970s.

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