NRC opens Palisades license proceedings to public comment

February 5, 2021, 9:29AMNuclear News

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has opened for public comment the license transfer proceedings for the Palisades nuclear power plant, with the opportunity to request a hearing and petition for leave to intervene. Notice of the open proceedings was published in the February 4 Federal Register. Deadlines are February 24 for requests for a hearing and March 8 for comments.

In December, Entergy Corporation and Holtec International jointly submitted an application to the NRC for approval of the transfer of the licenses for the Palisades nuclear plant–located in Covert, Mich.—to Holtec, following the plant’s permanent shutdown and defueling in the spring of 2022. The application also requests approval of the license transfer of Entergy’s decommissioned Big Rock Point facility near Charlevoix, Mich., where only the independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) remains.

The transfer: If approved by the NRC, Holtec Palisades would be the licensed owner for the licenses and Holtec Decommissioning International (HDI) would be the licensed operator for the licenses. As limited liability companies, both Holtec Palisades and HDI are wholly owned subsidiaries of Holtec International. HDI will contract with Comprehensive Decommissioning International to decommission Palisades.

In addition to the transfer application, HDI submitted to the NRC a post-shutdown decommissioning activities report, including a site-specific decommissioning cost estimate for the Palisades plant, which the NRC is considering as a supplement to the license transfer application.

Comments: The NRC encourages that comments be submitted electronically through the federal rulemaking website, with docket ID NRC-2021-0036 included in the submission.

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