Final Environmental Impact Statement Issued for Potential Nuclear Reactor

Final environmental impact statement issued for potential nuclear reactor in Pennsylvania

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers concluded that environmental impacts would not prevent issuing a Combined License (COL) for a reactor at the Bell Bend site in Pennsylvania.

The NRC staff conducted an independent assessment of the Bell Bend COL application for a new reactor at the site that is adjacent to the Susquehanna nuclear plant near Harrisburg. The environmental review will be published soon in the Federal Register. The review took into account consultations with other federal agencies, state, tribal and local governments, and considered comments received during the public scoping process in 2009 and 2012. The staff also considered comments received on the draft environmental impact statement issued in April 2015.

Talen Energy submitted the COL application on Oct. 10, 2008, to build and operate a U.S. European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) at the site. Areva, the designer of the EPR, requested that the NRC staff suspend its safety review of the U.S. EPR design certification application in February 2015. As a result, the reactor design certification review and Bell Bend safety review are on hold until further notice.

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