Safety reports issued for Byron, Braidwood nuclear plants’ license renewals

 Safety reports issued for Byron, Braidwood nuclear plants’ license renewals

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff issued its final safety evaluation report (SER) for proposed operating license renewals for two nuclear power plants in Illinois.
 
The SER said there are no technical issues that preclude the 20-year license renewal for the Byron and Braidwood nuclear power plants, both operated by Exelon (NYSE: EXC). Exelon Generation Co. submitted an application in May 2013 to renew all four operating licenses for the pressurized water reactors. If approved, Byron Unit 1’s license would expire Oct. 31, 2044, and Byron Unit 2 would expire Nov. 6, 2046. Braidwood Unit 1’s license would expire Oct. 17, 2046, and Unit 2’s license would expire Dec. 18, 2047.
 
The SER says Exelon has identified actions to manage the effects of aging in the appropriate systems, structures and components of the plants, and that their functions will be maintained during the period of extended operation.
 
The NRC staff published Byron’s draft supplemental environmental impact statement in December 2014, and Braidwood’s draft SEIS in March 2015. The final SEIS for both plants are expected to be published later in 2015.
 
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