NRC’s Levy County EIS upheld

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has rejected a challenge from two environmental groups to an application to license two new nuclear reactors in Levy County, Fla.

The Nuclear Information and Resource Service and the Ecology Party of Florida charged that the NRC’s April 2012 Final Environmental Impact Statement on the project failed to adequately asses the proposed plant’s direct, indirect and cumulative environmental impacts on wetlands and groundwater resources. After a two day hearing in late 2012, including 300 exhibits and 24 witnesses, the Board found that the FEIS complies with legal and regulatory requirements.

The Board’s decision can be appealed to the five-member commission in charge of the agency. If it is not appealed, the decision becomes the NRC’s final determination on the environmental issues raised by the environmental groups.