Input sought on environmental review of Westinghouse fuel plant

August 3, 2020, 9:36AMNuclear News

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is requesting public comment on the scope of the environmental impact statement (EIS) it intends to prepare for Westinghouse Electric Company’s application to renew the operating license for its Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility (CFFF), according to a notice published in the July 31 Federal Register. Comments must be filed by August 31 and can be submitted by email to; by regular mail to Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN–7– A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001; or by visiting the federal rulemaking website and searching for Docket ID NRC-2015-0039.

The CFFF, located in Columbia, S.C., produces fuel assemblies for use in commercial nuclear power reactors.

Background: On October 28, 2019, the NRC published for public comment a draft environmental assessment (EA) related to Westinghouse’s request to renew the CFFF’s license for an additional 40 years. An EA can result in a finding of no significant impact or a determination to prepare an EIS—a much more comprehensive document.

In March this year, the NRC received new data from Westinghouse, collected during ongoing site investigations. Based on its independent evaluation of that data as part of the EA process, the NRC determined that it was not able to conclude its review in a finding of no significant impact. On June 5, the agency announced that it would instead prepare the more involved EIS.

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