NRC extends construction permit for Watts Bar 2 nuclear reactor

Source:U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has extended the expiration date of the construction permit for the unfinished Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant to Sept. 30, 2016. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which operates Unit 1 at the plant about 10 miles south of Spring City, Tenn., requested the extension on May 17, 2012

The NRC staff’s environmental assessment of the extension request, which found no significant impact on the environment, was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 22, 2013. The agency has issued the staff’s safety evaluation of the extension, as well as an order extending the construction permit.

TVA has informed the NRC it intends to complete Unit 2 and request an operating license in 2014. The NRC will decide whether to issue a license for Unit 2 in accordance with the agency’s regulations. Unit 2, if completed, would be a 1,100 MWe, Westinghouse -designed pressurized water reactor essentially the same as the operating Unit 1.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Logistics Risk Management in the Transformer Industry

Transformers often are shipped thousands of miles, involving multiple handoffs,and more than a do...

Secrets of Barco UniSee Mount Revealed

Last year Barco introduced UniSee, a revolutionary large-scale visualization platform designed to...

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Latest PennEnergy Jobs

PennEnergy Oil & Gas Jobs