Potential Nuclear Power Site in New Jersey Gets Environmental OK

 Potential Nuclear Power Site in New Jersey Gets Environmental OK

The staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, issued an environmental report for a potential nuclear power plant in New Jersey.
The final environmental impact statement (EIS) for an early site permit (ESP) application from PSEG Power and PSEG Nuclear concludes environmental impacts would not preclude the NRC from issuing a permit for the site. The project site is adjacent to the existing Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants.
The approximately 1,900-page report, which includes volumes 1, 2 and 3, documents NRC staff’s independent review of the application. The staff concludes there are no environmentally preferable or obviously superior sites.
The ESP process allows an applicant to address site-related issues for possible construction and operation of a nuclear power plant. PSEG submitted the application on May 25, 2010. If approved, the permit would be valid for up to 20 years while PSEG decides whether or not to pursue an NRC license to build and operate a reactor. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will conduct a mandatory hearing on the permit application, which will determine whether the EIS and the Final Safety Evaluation Report support the findings necessary to issue the permit.
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