As expected, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has published its environmental approval of the Talen Energy (NYSE:TLN) Bell Bend nuclear plant in the April 29 Federal Register.
NRC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said April 26 that they have found no environmental impacts that would prohibit issuance of a combined construction and operating license (COL) to the proposed nuclear project.
The site is adjacent to the existing Susquehanna nuclear power plant, about 70 miles northeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Don’t expect development of the Bell Bend nuclear station to go forward anytime soon, however.
In addition to current market conditions being very uncertain for a 1,600-MW baseload nuclear project, AREVA has instructed NRC to suspend its safety review of the reactor design that would be used at Bell Bend.
The Federal Register notice also noted that the Army Corp’s Public Interest Review will be part of its Record of Decision (ROD) and is not addressed in the final EIS.