NRC sets Aug. 20 scoping meetings on Byron extensions

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in a notice to be published in the Aug. 6 Federal Register, said it plans public scoping meetings in August as it looks at what should be in an environmental impact statement for the Byron nuclear plant license extension.

Exelon Generation Co. LLC on May 29 submitted to the NRC an application for renewal of Facility Operating Licenses NPF-37 and NPF-66 for an additional 20 years of operation for Byron Station Units 1 and 2. Byron Station is located in Byron, Ill.

The current operating license for Byron Station Unit 1 expires on Oct. 31, 2024, and the Unit 2 license expires on Nov. 6, 2026.

The scoping meetings, where the public can provide oral input on what issues should be addressed in the EIS, will be held on Aug. 20. The first session will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the second session will be from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the Byron Forest Preserve at Byron, Ill. Written scoping comments should be submitted by Sept. 27.

A separate notice of receipt and availability of the application was published in the Federal Register on June 13. A notice of acceptance for docketing of the application and opportunity for hearing regarding renewal of the facility operating license was published on July 24 in the Federal Register.

“Byron has 2 units capable of generating approximately 2,336 net megawatts (MW) of electricity,” said the Exelon website. “Together the units can produce enough electricity to power more than 2 million average American homes. Its massive twin cooling towers reach 495 feet into the air, overlooking the scenic Rock River Valley. The towers help cool the 2 pressurized water reactors designed by Westinghouse. Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation on September 16, 1985, and August 2, 1987, respectively.”

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