NRC Issues New Reactor Licenses for SC Nukes

Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 05:01 PM gHale

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued two Combined Licenses for Duke Energy Carolinas’ William States Lee III site in South Carolina.

The licenses authorize Duke to build and operate two AP1000 reactors at the site, near Gaffney, SC.

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The Commission authorized the agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue the licenses, having found the staff’s review of Duke’s application adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings. The licenses ended up issued Dec. 19.

The licenses contain conditions, including:
• Specific actions associated with the agency’s post-Fukushima requirements for mitigation strategies and spent fuel pool instrumentation
• A pre-startup schedule for post-Fukushima aspects of the new reactor’s emergency preparedness plans and procedures

Duke submitted the Lee application on Dec. 12, 2007. The NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards independently reviewed aspects of the application that concern safety, as well as the staff’s final safety evaluation report.

The committee provided the results of its review to the Commission on Dec. 14, 2015. The NRC completed its environmental review and issued the final impact statement for the proposed William States Lee reactors in December 2013.

The NRC certified the 1,100-megawatt AP1000 design in 2011.

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