The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will convene a Nov. 19 evidentiary session to receive testimony and exhibits in the uncontested portion of this proceeding regarding the application of Nuclear Innovation North America LLC (NINA) for combined licenses (COLs) to construct and operate two additional units (Units 3 and 4) at the South Texas Project (STP) site in Matagorda County, Texas.
This mandatory hearing will concern safety and environmental matters relating to the requested COLs, said the commission in a notice to be published in the Oct. 13 Federal Register. The application was filed in September 2007. Participants in the hearing are not to address any contested issues in their written filings or oral presentations. The hearing will be at the commission’s headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.
Under this part of the process, the commission will determine whether: the applicable standards and requirements of the Atomic Energy Act and the commission’s regulations have been met; any required notifications to other agencies or bodies have been duly made; there is reasonable assurance that the facility will be constructed and will operate in conformity with the license, the provisions of the Act, and the commission’s regulations; the applicant is technically and financially qualified to engage in the activities authorized; and issuance of the license will not be inimical to the common defense and security or the health and safety of the public.
The additional units are based on the U.S. Advanced Boiling Water Reactor design, which is certified in federal regulations. The STP site contains two existing nuclear units, STP Units 1 and 2, which are licensed by the NRC and have a combined net electric generating capacity of approximately 2500 MW(e). Unit 1 began commercial operation in March 1988, and Unit 2 began commercial operation in March 1989.