NRC takes comment on EIS supplement for Indian Point license renewal

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment a draft supplement to a Generic Environmental Impact Statement for license renewal for Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc. for the operation of Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 2 and 3 (IP2 and IP3).

The extension for each reactor would be for an additional 20 years of operation. Units IP2 and IP3 are located in Westchester County in the Village of Buchanan, New York, approximately 24 miles north of New York City. The NRC said in a notice be be published in the Dec. 29 Federal Register that comments need to be submitted by March 4, 2016.

The NRC staff published final a final supplemental environmental impact statement (FSEIS) in December 2010 on the environmental impacts of the license renewal of IP2 and IP3. In June 2013, the NRC staff published a final supplement to the 2010 FSEIS. The June 2013 supplement updated the NRC staff’s final analysis to include corrections to impingement and entrainment data presented in the FSEIS; revised conclusions on thermal impacts based on newly available thermal plume studies; and provided an update of the status of the NRC’s consultation, under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, with the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon.

In September 2014, the NRC notified the public of its intent to prepare a second supplement to the FSEIS to evaluate new information identified subsequent to the publication of the June 2013 supplement, including new aquatic impact data, refined cost estimates associated with the licensee’s severe accident mitigation alternatives analysis, and other matters. This draft supplement, published as Volume 5 of the FSEIS, documents the NRC staff’s evaluation of the new information.

The operating licenses for IP2 and IP3 were set to expire in September 2013 and December 2015, respectively. However, having met certain requirements, Entergy is allowed to continue to operate IP2 and IP3 under the existing licenses until the NRC reaches a decision on the license renewal request.

The facility has two Westinghouse pressurized–water reactors. IP2 is currently licensed to generate 3,216 megawatts thermal (MW(t)) (core power) with a design net electrical capacity of 1,078 MW electric. IP3 is currently licensed to generate 3,216 MW(t) (core power) with a design net electrical capacity of about 1,080 MW electric. IP2 and IP3 cooling is provided by water from the Hudson River to various heat loads in both the primary and secondary portions of the plants.

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