The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will say in a notice in the May 7 Federal Register that it is issuing a final plant-specific supplement, Supplement 52, to the “Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants” (GEIS) regarding the renewal of FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.’s (FENOC) operating license for an additional 20 years of operation for the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station Unit 1 in Ohio.
Draft Supplement 52 to the GEIS was noticed by the NRC in the Federal Register in March 2014 and noticed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the same month. The public comments received are addressed in final Supplement 52 to the GEIS.
The NRC determined that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for Davis-Besse are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy-planning decisionmakers would be unreasonable. This recommendation is based on: the analysis and findings in the GEIS; information provided in the environmental report and other documents submitted by FENOC; consultation with Federal, State, local, and Tribal agencies; the NRC staff’s independent environmental review; and consideration of public comments received during the scoping process and on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.
Davis-Besse, Ohio’s first nuclear power plant, is located 35 miles east of Toledo along the shore of Lake Erie. The single reactor plant, with a capacity of 900 MW (net), produced its first electricity in 1977 and the current license expires in 2017. FENOC is a unit of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE).