United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Kewaunee Power Station

1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Power Reactor Facility
Location: Kewaunee, WI
License No.: DPR-43
Docket No.: 50-305
License Status: Transitioning to SAFSTOR
Project Manager: Ted Carter

2.0 Site Status Summary

Kewaunee Power Station was a 1,772 Mwt, pressurized water reactor that was operated from December of 1973 to May 7, 2013. Kewaunee submitted its post-shutdown decommissioning activities report (PSDAR) and conducted a public meeting near the site on April 24, 2013. The facility retains its Part 50 license but is no longer authorized to operate or emplace fuel in the reactor vessel. The facility has spent fuel stored in both its spent fuel pool and a generally licensed Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI). The site is preparing for a significant campaign to offload the remaining spent fuel from the spent fuel pool into dry cask storage at its onsite ISFSI. After offloading the fuel, the licensee plans to enter a long-term SAFSTOR condition.

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

No major technical or regulatory issues exist at this time. Dominion Energy Kewaunee has requested a series of exemption requests and license amendment requests to conform the operating license to reflect the decommissioning status of the facility. The NRC staff has completed processing most of the license amendments and exemptions needed to provide the regulatory framework to support decommissioning SAFESTOR (including defueled technical specifications).  Based on this milestone, the staff transitioned NRC project management responsibility from NRR to NMSS on March 13, 2015.

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure

Current planning is to transfer the entire spent fuel pool inventory to dry cask storage by December 2016. Enter SAFSTOR period January 2017. Major Decommissioning and dismantlement activities are scheduled to begin in 2069. License termination is scheduled in 2073 at which time the site will be available for unrestricted use.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, April 16, 2015