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Byron and Braidwood Nuclear Stations, Units 1 and 2: License Renewal Application

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License Renewal Review Schedule*

*These schedules reflect work plans that are subject to change. Early completion of a milestone may affect the target date of future milestones. Subsequent meetings and comment periods may change based on the revised schedule. This work plan will be updated on a periodic basis. Please see the NRC Public Meetings Page or contact the below listed PM for the latest information on meetings and status.

Milestones Schedule Date Actual Date
Receive license renewal application (LRA) 05/29/13 05/29/13
Publish Federal Register Notice (FRN) – LRA availability 06/2013 06/13/13
Publish FRN – acceptance/rejection and opportunity for hearing 07/2013 07/24/13
Publish FRN – environmental scoping meeting 07/2013 08/06/13
Audit – Scoping & Screening Methodology 1 (at Byron) 07/2013 07/2013
Audit – Aging Management Programs 1 (at Byron) 08/2013 08/2013
Public Meeting - License Renewal Overview and Environmental Scoping meetings 08/20/13-08/21/13 08/20/13
Deadline for filing hearing requests and petitions for intervention 09/2013 09/23/13
Audit – Environmental (Byron) 09/2013 09/19/13
Environmental scoping period ends* 09/2013 09/27/13
Audit – Scoping & Screening Methodology 2 (at Braidwood) 10/2013 12/02/13-12/04/13
Audit – Aging Management Programs 2 (at Braidwood) 10/2013 12/02/13-12/06/13
Audit – Environmental (Braidwood) 11/2013 11/19/13
Regional Inspection (Byron) 08/2014 8/4/14-8/8/14
and 8/22/14
Regional Inspection (Braidwood) 09/2014 9/15/14-9/26/14
Issue safety evaluation report (SER) with open items 11/2014 10/30/14
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) Subcommittee meeting 12/2014 12/03/14
Issue draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) - Byron 12/2014 12/31/14
Publish FRN – Byron draft SEIS available for comments 01/2015 01/02/15
Public Meeting – Byron draft SEIS meeting 02/2015 02/03/15
End of draft SEIS comment period – Byron 02/20/2015  
Issue draft SEIS - Braidwood 03/2015  
Publish FRN – Braidwood draft SEIS available for comments 03/2015  
Public Meeting – Braidwood draft SEIS meeting 04/2015  
Issue final SER 07/2015  
End of draft SEIS comment period – Braidwood 05/2015  
ACRS full committee meeting 09/2015  
Issue final SEIS – Byron 07/2015  
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency FRN Published – availability of final SEIS – Byron 08/2015  
Issue final SEIS – Braidwood 09/2015  
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency FRN Published – availability of final SEIS – Braidwood 09/2015  
Decision – Director, NRR 11/2015  
Commission decision, if hearing granted TBD  

* Scoping Summary Report

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Safety Evaluation Report

The NRC staff reviewed the Byron Station, Units 1 and 2, and Braidwood Station, Units 1 and 2, license renewal application for compliance with the requirements of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 54, "Requirements for Renewal of Operating Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants," and prepared this report to document its preliminary findings. The document was issued on October 30, 2014, as "Safety Evaluation Report with Open Items Related to the License Renewal of Byron Station, Units 1 and 2, and Braidwood Station, Units 1 and 2."

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Environmental Impact Statements

NUREG-1437, "Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Byron Station, Units 1 and 2 (NUREG-1437, Supplement 54) Draft Report for Comment," was published in December 2014. This supplement documents the NRC staff's review of the environmental issues at Byron Station, Units 1 and 2 regarding the Exelon Generation Company, LLC application for license renewal of that facility. The supplement was prepared in accordance with 10 CFR 51.71. This supplemental environmental impact statement includes the NRC staff's analysis that considers and weighs the environmental effects of the proposed action (license renewal) and the environmental impacts of alternatives to the proposed action. It also includes the NRC staff's preliminary recommendation regarding the proposed action.

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Public Involvement

The public is encouraged to participate in the reactor license renewal process through public meetings, and public comment periods on rules, renewal guidance, and other documents. The Reactor License Renewal Public Involvement page provides general information to help the public participate.

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Date Description

Meeting to discuss the license renewal process and environmental scoping for Byron Nuclear Station.


Meeting to discuss the license renewal process and environmental scoping for Braidwood Nuclear Station.

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Project Managers for Byron-Braidwood Nuclear Stations

Byron-Braidwood Plant PMs
License Renewal (Safety) Lindsay Robinson
License Renewal (Environmental-Byron) Lois James
License Renewal (Environmental-Braidwood) Tam Tran
Lead Power Plant Joel Wiebe

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, February 24, 2015