NRC completes its safety review of new reactors at Turkey Point

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has completed its Final Safety Evaluation Report for combined construction and operating licenses (COL) for two proposed reactors at the Turkey Point site near Homestead, Florida.

Turkey Point is owned by NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) utility Florida Power & Light (FPL). FPL filed its application in June 2009 to develop two new AP 1000 reactors at the Turkey Point nuclear station.

The report concludes there are no safety concerns that would preclude issuing the license for construction and operation of the proposed reactors, adjacent to two operating reactors approximately 40 miles south of Miami.

The staff will provide the report and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Turkey Point application to the Commission for the mandatory hearing phase of the licensing process.

In the mandatory hearing, expected to take place early next year, the NRC will examine whether the staff’s review supports the findings necessary to issue a license.

Following the mandatory hearing, the NRC commission will vote on whether to authorize the staff to issue the license.

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