NRC seeks public comment on draft environmental study of Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant license renewal

Source: U.S. NRC

The draft report contains the NRC staff’s preliminary conclusion that the environmental impacts would not preclude renewing the license for an additional 20 years of operation.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeks public comment on a draft report on the environmental impacts of renewing the operating license of the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in Michigan. The draft report contains the NRC staff’s preliminary conclusion that the environmental impacts would not preclude renewing the license for an additional 20 years of operation.

NRC staff will hold a public meeting Dec. 2, from 7-9 p.m., in Monroe, Mich., to present the draft report’s findings and accept public comment. The meeting will be at the Monroe County Community College, La-Z-Boy Center, 1555 S. Raisinville Road.

Fermi 2 is a boiling-water reactor located in Newport, Mich., about 25 miles northeast of Toledo, Ohio. It is currently licensed to operate through March 20, 2025. The operator, DTE Electric Co., submitted the renewal application April 30, 2014.

The NRC’s review of the application consists of a technical safety review and the environmental review. The draft supplemental impact statement is supplement 56 to NUREG-1437, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants. It is now available on the NRC’s website.

In a related Federal Register notice published Nov. 6, the NRC provided detailed instructions on how to submit written comments on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 28.

The Fermi 2 license renewal application and general information about reactor license renewal are available on the NRC website.

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