Safety Review of New VA Reactor Completed

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

A final safety evaluation report for a combined license for a proposed reactor at the North Anna site near Mineral, VA, found there are no safety aspects that would preclude issuing a license for construction and operation of the proposed reactor.

The report, conducted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff, concludes there are no safety aspects for the proposed reactor, which would be adjacent to two operating reactors approximately 40 miles northwest of Richmond.

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The staff will provide the report and a supplemental environmental impact statement on the North Anna application to the NRC for the mandatory hearing phase of the licensing process.

In the mandatory hearing, which should take place later this year, the NRC will examine whether the staff’s review supports the findings necessary to issue a license. Following the mandatory hearing, the Commission will vote on whether to authorize the staff to issue the license.

Dominion Virginia Power submitted its license application for North Anna Nov. 26, 2007, for permission to build and operate an economic simplified boiling water reactor at the site. The NRC certified the design in 2014.

The NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards independently reviewed those aspects of the North Anna application that concern safety.

The committee provided the results of its review to the Commission Nov. 15. The NRC issued an early site permit for North Anna in November 2007, and the agency supplemented the permit’s environmental review for the proposed North Anna reactor in March 2010.

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