NRC to hold Dec. 17 meeting on Sequoyah license extensions

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a local meeting for Dec. 17 to discuss the results of an inspection related to a request to extend the operating license for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sequoyah nuclear plant.

TVA, which owns and operates the plant located near Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., has applied for a 20-year license extension for the plant’s two units, the NRC noted in a Dec. 6 statement. The inspection to be discussed on Dec. 17 is part of the NRC’s ongoing review of that application. The meeting will be at the plant’s training center.

Under NRC regulations, the original operating license for a nuclear power plant is issued for 40 years. Companies may apply to renew those licenses for an additional 20 years if agency requirements are met.

TVA applied to the NRC in January 2013 to renew the licenses for the two Sequoyah reactors. If approved, the license for Sequoyah Unit 1 would be extended to Sept. 17, 2040, and Unit 2 would be extended to Sept. 15, 2041.

No final licensing decisions for reactors, including license renewal, will be made by the NRC until the waste confidence rule is completed. The waste confidence rule, which addresses storage of spent nuclear fuel after a plant ceases operation, is expected to be finalized in September 2014.

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