NRC clears Fermi 2 license extension through the environmental review process

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will announce in the Sept. 28 Federal Register that it is issuing a final plant-specific supplement, Supplement 56, to its “Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants” regarding the renewal of the DTE Electric operating license for an additional 20 years of operation for Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant.

The Draft Supplement 56 had been published in the Federal Register in November 2015 by the NRC. The public comment period ended in December 2015, and the comments received are addressed in final Supplement 56.

In April 2014, the DTE Electric subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) submitted an application to the NRC to issue a renewed operating license for the 1,170-MW Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant for an additional 20-year period. The existing license expires on March 20, 2025. The NRC staff’s recommendation in this final report is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for Fermi 2 are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy-planning decisionmakers would be unreasonable.

Fermi 2 is a single-unit, nuclear/steam generating facility that began commercial operation in July 1985. The nuclear reactor is a General Electric boiling water reactor that produces 1,170 megawatts electric (MWe).

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