United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Early Site Permit Generic Issues

The staff has engaged the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and the potential ESP applicants (Exelon, Dominion, and Entergy) in public meetings to resolve any generic issues that might impede the timely review and disposition of an ESP application. NEI has sent letters to the NRC documenting their position on some issues identified, and the NRC staff has sent letters in return providing the staff's disposition of these issues. The table below contains a list of the issues, related data, and documents (such as the NRC and NEI letters) pertaining to issue resolution.

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ESP Issue Date of Initial Discussion* Date of NEI Letter Date of NRC Response Remarks
1. ESP Application form and content
8/22/02
 
 
NRC provided TOC comparison on October 16, 2002
2. ESP inspection guidance
4/24/02
 
 

IMC-2501 issued; provides inspection guidance

ESP Review Std available

2a. Pre-application interactions (voluntary nature, plans for local public meetings and review fee structure)
4/24/02
NRC staff considers this issue resolved.
3. QA requirements for ESP information
5/28/02
NRC staff considers this issue resolved.
4. Nominal NRC Review timeline
10/17/02
 
NRC staff has developed timeline, has shared it with applicants, and will continually work to accomplish ESP licensing actions efficiently. No additional actions planned for this item.
5. Mechanism for documenting resolution of ESP issues
5/28/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
6. Use of plant parameters envelope (PPE) approach
7/16/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
7. Guidance for satisfying �52.17(a)(1) requirements
7/16/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
8. Fuel Cycle and transportation impacts (Tables S-3 and S-4)
9/25/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
9. Criteria for assuring control of the site by the ESP holder
3/05/03
(planned)
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
10. Use of License Renewal GEIS for ESP
9/25/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
11. Criteria for determining ESP duration (10-20 years)
12/05/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
12. Guidance for evaluating severe accident mitigation alternatives under NEPA
8/22/02
 
 
 
 
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
13. Guidance for ESP seismic evaluations
6/13/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
14. Applicability of Federal requirements concerning environmental justice
Deferred 
 N/A
N/A
Letter dated 12/20/02 sent to commission on topic evaluating related PFD decision by commission
15. Appropriate level of detail for site redress plans
9/25/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
16. Guidance for ESP approval of emergency plans
1/29/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
17. Petition to eliminate duplicative NRC review of valid existing site/facility information
Deferred
N/A
N/A
See resolution of petition PRM-52-1
18. Petition to eliminate reviews for alternate sites, sources and need for power
Deferred
N/A
N/A
See resolution of petition PRM-52-2
18a. Alternative site reviews
12/05/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
18x. Need for alternative energy source evaluation and review
1/29/03
N/A
N/A
Commission has determined and informed prospective applicants by letterthat these considerations are not required for ESP.
19. Addressing effects of potential new units at an existing site
3/05/03
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
20. Practical use of existing site/facility information
9/25/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
21. Understanding the interface of ESP with the COL process
3/05/03
 
 
This item will be addressed concurrently with other COL issues.
22. Form and content of an ESP
8/22/02
NRC Staff considers this issue resolved.
*For additional information on the initial discussion, see our public meetings page for early site permits.

To learn about future meetings, see our public meeting schedule page. Members of the public who wish to attend should contact the individual identified for the meeting of interest.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, April 18, 2013