NRC grants nuclear license exemptions for Crystal River 3

 NRC grants nuclear license exemptions for Crystal River 3

Duke Energy Florida (NYSE: DUK)’s request to alter the emergency preparedness plan for the Crystal River Unit 3 nuclear power plant in Florida was approved.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) granted exemptions from certain requirements in NRC’s regulations for operating nuclear power plants that may not apply to a plant that is undergoing decommissioning. Once the exemptions are implemented, state and local governments may rely on emergency management planning for off-sire emergency response to events at the plant, rather than having a dedicated radiological emergency response plan approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The NRC staff agreed that the exemptions were necessary because the risk of a radiological event is significantly lower and the types of accidents are fewer at a nuclear power plant that has permanently shut down and removed fuel from the reactors. NRC approved the exemptions on Dec. 30 and the exemption package was issued on March 30. A license amendment implementing the exemptions was issued March 31.
As a result, there will not be a 10-mile emergency planning zone identified in the Crystal River 3 license. The plant will maintain an onsite emergency plan and response capabilities.
Crystal River 3 is a single-unit, pressurized water reactor within the Crystal River Energy Complex. It has been shut down since September 2009. All fuel has been removed from the reactor vessel and placed in spent fuel pools as of May 28, 2011. Duke Energy announced it was permanently shutting down the plant on Feb. 20, 2013.
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