The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued for public comment a draft environmental impact statement on NextEra Energy’s application for the subsequent license renewal of its Point Beach reactors, located in Two Rivers, Wis. Subsequent license renewal allows a reactor to operate for 20 years beyond the expiration of its original license renewal.
Members of the public are invited to submit comments by January 3, 2022, regarding the 369-page draft document’s conclusion that the environmental impacts of granting the SLR application are not sufficient to prevent the agency from considering issuance of the renewed licenses.
The NRC prefers electronic comment submission through the federal rulemaking website, with a search for Docket ID NRC-2020-0277. Comments can also be submitted via email, or by mail to Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN-7-A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Attn.: Program Management, Announcements, and Editing Staff.
A webinar and teleconference on the draft EIS are slated for December and will include a presentation on preliminary findings and a transcription of the public comment session.
Background: Point Beach, Wisconsin’s only operating nuclear power plant, houses two 615-MWe two-loop Westinghouse pressurized water reactors that have been in commercial operation since the early 1970s. The NRC approved the plant’s initial license renewal in December 2005, authorizing Unit 1 to operate through October 5, 2030, and Unit 2 through March 8, 2033.
NextEra submitted its SLR application, the first such application for a Midwestern nuclear plant, in November 2020. The application was accepted for review by the NRC in January.