There is an opportunity for the public to request a hearing on an application for an additional 20 years of operation for the two reactors at the Dresden Nuclear Power Station in Morris, Illinois.

Constellation Energy Generation filed the application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) April 17, seeking to renew the licenses from 60 to 80 years. Dresden’s two boiling-water reactors are 23 miles southwest of Joliet, Illinois.

Under the existing licensing with the NRC, the Dresden Unit 2 currently has a license to operate through December 22, 2029, and Unit 3 can operate through January 12, 2031.

The NRC staff determined the application contains sufficient information for the agency to formally docket the application and begin its safety and environmental reviews. Docketing the application is not an indication of whether the NRC will renew the licenses.

The notice in the Federal Register includes instructions for filing hearing requests. The filing deadline is Aug. 23.

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Copies of the Dresden subsequent license renewal application will be available at the Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St. in Morris and the Coal City Public Library District, 85 North Garfield St. in Coal City, Illinois.

More information about subsequent license renewal is available on the NRC website.


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