NRC plans meetings on Fermi license renewal application

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has scheduled a July 24 meeting in Monroe, Mich., to discuss the proposed license renewal for the DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) Fermi 2 nuclear plant.

At the meeting, NRC plans to describe license renewal process and provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the environmental issues the NRC should consider in its license renewal review.

Fermi Unit 2 is a boiling-water reactor (BWR) unit located in Newport, Mich., 25 miles northeast of Toledo, Ohio. The current operating license expires March 20, 2025. The plant’s owner, the DTE Electric, submitted the application for 20 additional years of operation April 24, 2014.

GenerationHub data lists Fermi 2 with an operating capacity of roughly 1,100 MW. It was commissioned in 1988.

The meetings will be held at the Monroe County Community College, La-Z-Boy Center, Meyer Theater, 1555 South Raisinville Road, in Monroe. The first session will run 2-4 p.m. and the second session 7-9 p.m. Both sessions will follow the same agenda.

An informal open house will be held an hour prior to the start of each meeting to provide interested members of the public with an opportunity to talk informally with agency staff. However, formal comments must be expressed during the transcribed meetings following the NRC’s presentations.

Members of the public may register to present oral comments at this meeting by contacting Leslie Perkins, at 800-368-5642, ext. 2375, or by email at Leslie.Perkins@nrc.gov. Those who wish to make comments may also register at the meeting prior to the start of each session.

In 2008 DTE filed a combined construction and operation license (COL) application with NRC seeking to develop a new nuclear unit alongside Fermi 2. DTE has not committed to building a new plant, however.

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