NRC completes safety evaluation on PSEG early site permit in New Jersey

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Oct. 1 that it has finished its final Safety Evaluation Report for an early site permit sought by affiliates of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG) for a location alongside the existing Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants in New Jersey.

The full 688-page report describes the agency’s review of the application, and incorporates comments from the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards.

The report looked at factors including weather, geology; the site’s ability to support adequate physical security and the emergency plan that PSEG would implement if a new reactor was built at the location.

 The ESP process allows an applicant to address site-related issues, such as environmental impacts, for possible future construction and operation of a nuclear power plant at the site. The PSEG companies submitted the application on May 25, 2010. More information on the ESP process is available on the NRC website.

The staff will provide the report on the application to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) for a mandatory hearing on the permit. The NRC recently named a board to preside over the ESP application.

The staff must also finalize its Environmental Impact Statement on the application prior to the board’s hearing, which will determine whether the staff’s review supports the findings necessary to issue the permit.

The final safety evaluation report has also been placed in the public document room and has been made publicly available in Agency Documents Access and Management System (Accession Number ML15229A119) and on the public website.

The site is located on the southern part of Artificial Island on the east bank of the Delaware River in Lower Alloways Creek Township in Salem County, N.J. The site is 15 miles south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

PSEG has not selected a specific reactor technology, but used a plant parameter envelope (PPE) in developing its application. PSEG used technical information from various reactor designs to develop bounding parameters.

In its application, PSEG seeks an ESP that could be referenced as part of a future application to construct and operate a nuclear plant at the PSEG site.

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