Fermi 2 Nuclear License Extension Placed on Hold

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By Editors of Power Engineering

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has placed a 20-year extension for Fermi 2 in Michigan on hold after an activist group raised questions about procedures.

Specifically, Citizens’ Resistance at Fermi 2, or CRAFT, convinced the agency’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation to more closely examine a plan to give potassium iodide pills to area residents if the plant ever has a major release of radioactive steam, the Toledo Blade reported.

DTE Energy, owner and operator of the plant, applied for the license extension on April 30, 2014.

Agency staff will review CRAFT’s contention and provide a recommendation in the coming weeks. After that, the NRC will decide how to proceed.

The group had indicated the potassium iodide pills were not adequately addressed in DTE’s final environmental impact statement.

DTE seeks to deny the motion, claiming it has no merit and that the potassium iodide distribution is not covered by the scope of a license renewal review.

Fermi 2 was built 30 miles north of Toledo in 1985. Its original license expires on March 20, 2025.

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