NRC accepts license renewal apps for Byron, Braidwood

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a notice to be published in the July 24 Federal Register that it has decided to accept May 29 license renewal applications from Exelon Generation Co. LLC for the Byron and Braidwood nuclear plants.

The NRC is also offering parties an opportunity to request a hearing and to petition for leave to intervene in the license renewal proceedings.

The renewals cover Byron Nuclear Station Units 1 and 2 and the Braidwood Nuclear Station Units 1 and 2. The NRC is considering an application for the renewal of operating licenses which authorize Exelon to operate Byron Units 1 and 2 at 3586.6 MW thermal each, and Braidwood Units 1 and 2 at 3586.6 MW thermal each.

Byron Units 1 and 2 are located near Byron, Ill.; Braidwood, Units 1 and 2 are located near Braidwood, Ill. The renewed licenses would authorize the applicant to operate both Byron and Braidwood for an additional 20 years beyond the period specified in each of the respective current licenses. The current operating licenses for Byron expire as follows: Unit 1 on Oct. 31, 2024, and Unit 2 on Nov. 6, 2026. The current operating licenses for Braidwood expire as follows: Unit 1 on Oct. 17, 2026, and Unit 2 on Dec. 18, 2027.

Commission staff has determined that Exelon has submitted sufficient information to enable the staff to undertake a review of the application, and that the application is therefore acceptable for docketing.

The NRC may issue a renewed license on the basis of its review if it finds that actions have been identified and have been or will be taken with respect to: managing the effects of aging during the period of extended operation on the functionality of structures and components that have been identified as requiring aging management review; and time-limited aging analyses that have been identified as requiring review, such that there is reasonable assurance that the activities authorized by the renewed license will continue to be conducted in accordance with the current licensing basis (CLB) and that any changes made to the plant’s CLB will comply with the law and the commission’s regulations.

The NRC said it will prepare an environmental impact statement for each site. Detailed information regarding the environmental scoping meetings will be the subject of a separate Federal Register notice.

Within 60 days after the date of publication of this Federal Register notice, any person whose interest may be affected by this proceeding and who wishes to participate as a party in the proceeding must file a written request for a hearing and a petition for leave to intervene.

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