NRC Complets Safety Review of Planned Nuclear Reactors

NRC Completes Safety Review of Planned Nuclear Reactors

The staff at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) completed the final safety evaluation report for two proposed nuclear units at the South Texas Project.
The report concludes that there are no safety aspects that would preclude issuing the combined licenses (COLs) for construction and operation of units 3 and 4 at the site outside of Houston. The staff will provide the report and final environmental impact statement to the commission for the mandatory hearing phase of the licensing process. Commissioners will determine whether the staff’s review supports the findings necessary to issue the licenses.
STP Nuclear Operating Co. submitted the COL application to build and operate two 1,300-MW advanced boiling water reactors Sept. 20, 2007. Nuclear Innovation North America became the lead applicant Jan. 24, 2011. The reactors would be built next to units 1 and 2 at the site. The NRC certified the ABWR design in 1997.
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