NRC changes regs on environmental reviews for nuclear license renewal

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved changes to its environmental protection regulations, redefining the number and scope of environmental issues that must be addressed in license renewals, according to an NRC press release issued Jan. 10.

In its final rule, the NRC is identifying 78 environmental impact issues, 17 of which will be plant-specific, including some new Category 1 issues, such as geology and soils, effects of dredging on water quality, groundwater use and quality, exposure of organisms to radionuclides, and others. New Category 2 issues including radionuclides released into groundwater and cumulative impacts.

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