South Texas Project to get combined nuclear licenses from NRC

South Texas Project Electric Generating Station

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is set to issue combined licenses for two new nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project site near Houston.

Based on the mandatory hearing on the application submitted by Nuclear Innovation North America, the NRC found the staff’s review adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings.

NRC staff will work to issue the COLs promptly. The licenses will authorize NINA to build and operate two advanced boiling water reactors (ABWR) at the site where there are currently two operating reactors.

Several conditions will be imposed, including post-Fukushima requirements for mitigation strategies and spent fuel pool instrumentation; requiring monitoring and analysis of the reactors’ steam dryers during initial plant startup; and setting a pre-startup schedule for post-Fukushima aspects of the reactors’ emergency preparedness plans and procedures.

NINA submitted its license application Sept. 20, 2007. The NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards independently reviewed aspects of the application that concern safety, as well as the staff’s final safety evaluation report. The NRC completed its environmental review and issued the final environmental impact statement for the proposed reactors in February 2011, and completed and issued the FSER on Sept. 29, 2015.

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