NRC kicks off scoping process for Fermi 2 license renewal

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a notice to be published in the June 30 Federal Register that it will take 60 days of “scoping” comments on what should be in an environmental impact statement covering the renewal of the Fermi 2 operating license.

DTE Electric, part of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), on April 24 submitted an application for renewal of Facility Operating License NPF-43 for an additional 20 years of operation at Fermi 2. The current operating license for Fermi 2 expires at midnight on March 20, 2025. Fermi 2 is located in Frenchtown Township, Monroe County, Mich.

The purpose of the June 30 notice is to inform the public that the NRC will be preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) related to the review of the license renewal application and to provide the public an opportunity to participate in the environmental scoping process.

The NRC will hold public meetings on July 24. The first session will convene at 2:00 p.m. and will continue until 4:00 p.m., as necessary. The second session will convene at 7:00 p.m., with a repeat of the overview portions of the meeting, and will continue until 9:00 p.m., as necessary. Both sessions will be held at the Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Mich.

Fermi 2 is a single-cycle, forced-circulation boiling water reactor (GE-BWR 4). General Electric furnished the nuclear steam supply system (NSSS). The Fermi 2 containment is a Mark I pressure-suppression concept, with a steel plate pressure vessel consisting of a light bulb-shaped drywell and a torus-shaped pressure suppression chamber. The design power rating for Fermi 2 is 3,486 MWt, with a turbine-generator net electrical output of approximately 1,170 MWe.

The decommissioned Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant (Fermi 1) is at the site. Fermi 1 was a sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor. It is permanently shut down, in SAFSTOR status. The nuclear fuel has been shipped offsite.

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