Caption: Ameren's Callaway Nuclear Plant
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) renewed the operating license of the Callaway Nuclear Plant in Missouri.
NRC approved a 20-year license extension for the plant through Oct. 18, 2044. The Union Electric Co., doing business as Ameren (NYSE: AEE), applied for the renewal in December 2011. A safety evaluation report was issued Aug. 21, 2014, and a supplemental environmental impact statement on Oct. 29, 2014.
The Missouri Coalition for the Environment filed contentions last September and December seeking to reopen the Callaway adjudication. NRC denied the September request to reopen and suspend licensing of nuclear reactors, but the December request is still pending before the NRC. Procedures state that staff may renew a nuclear plant’s license despite outstanding adjudicatory contentions. If the license is set aside on appeal, Callaway will revert to its original license, which is effective until Oct. 18, 2024.
Renewal of Callaway’s license brings to 76 the number of nuclear reactors with renewed operating licenses. An additional 18 applications are currently under review.
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