New nuclear reactor at Fermi clears NRC hurdle

In a report issued this week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) determined there were no environmental problems sufficient to prevent construction of a new reactor at the Fermi nuclear plant in Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports.

If constructed, the new reactor will complement the currently operating 1,122 MW Fermi 2 reactor, which has been online since 1998.

Plant owner Detroit Edison, a unit of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), first applied for a permit to build the new reactor, a GE-Hitachi Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor, in 2008, according to news reports.

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