Regulators to discuss legal challenges against planned nuclear power plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) will hold a hearing Oct. 31 in Bronson, Fla., to discuss a challenge by two environmental groups to the combined license application for two new nuclear power reactors in Levy County, Fla.

The hearing involves Progress Energy Florida’s application to build two new Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at a site in Levy County, about 10 miles northeast of Crystal River, Fla. Two environmental groups, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service and the Ecology Party of Florida, have filed a legal challenge opposing the application. The groups argue that the NRC’s Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed reactors fails to adequately analyze and discuss impacts on wetlands, floodplains, special aquatic sites, and other waters associated with the site.

The ASLB is the independent body within the NRC that conducts adjudicatory hearings and renders decisions on legal challenges to licensing actions.

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