United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Cooper Nuclear Station - License Renewal Application

Renewed License Issued on 11/29/2010

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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 (LR) Application 09/24/08 09/30/08
FRN Published- Receipt & Availability 11/17/08 11/17/08
FRN Published – Acceptability and Opportunity for Hearing 12/30/08 12/30/08
FRN Published-Notice of Intent to Conduct Environmental Scoping 01/27/09 01/26/09
Public Meeting – LR Overview & Environmental Scoping 02/25/09 02/25/09
Deadline for Filing Hearing Requests and Petitions for Intervention 02/23/09 02/23/09
Environmental Scoping Period Ends 03/27/09 03/27/09
Audit – Environmental 03/30/09–04/03/09 03/30/09
Audit - Aging Management Programs (AMPs/TLAAs/AMR) 04/20–24/09 04/20/09
Environmental Requests for Additional Information (RAIs) Issued 04/30/09 05/01/09
Audit - Scoping & Screening Methodology 05/04–08/09 05/04/09
Environmental RAIs - Response Received 06/01/09 05/18/09
Safety RAIs – Issued 06/30/09 07/16/09
Inspection – Regional 07/27–31/09 07/27/09
Safety RAI - Responses Received 07/30/09 08/16/09
Public Exit Meeting - Regional Inspections 04/07/10 04/07/10
Inspection – Final 08/10–14/09  08/10/09
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) – Issued 02/09/10 02/18/10
EPA FRN Published - Availability / Comment on draft SEIS 02/26/10 02/26/10
Public Meeting - draft SEIS 04/07/10 04/07/10
Safety Evaluation Report (SER) with Open Items – Issued* 03/02/10 04/06/10
End of draft SEIS Comment Period 05/05/10 05/05/10 
ACRS Subcommittee Meeting on SER with Open Items 05/05/10 05/05/10
Final SEIS – Issued 07/30/10 07/30/10
EPA FRN Published - Availability of Final SEIS 07/30/10 08/06/10
SER – Issued 09/07/10 09/01/10
ACRS Full Committee Meeting on SER 10/07/10 10/07/10
Staff Recommendation to Director, NRR 10/22/10 11/19/10
Decision Director NRR - Approval (26 months if no hearing) 11/29/10 11/29/10
Commission decision (if hearing is granted) 07/15/11 N/A

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Environmental Impact Statement

NUREG-1437, "Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Cooper Nuclear Station (NUREG-1437, Supplement 41) Final Report," was published in July 2010. This supplement documents the NRC staff's review of the environmental issues at Cooper Nuclear Station, regarding the Nebraska Public Power District 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 Staff's analysis that considers and weighs the environmental effects of the proposed action (license renewal), the environmental impacts of alternatives to the proposed action, and potential mitigative measures for reducing or avoiding adverse impacts. It also includes the Staff's recommendation regarding the proposed action.

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Safety Evaluation Report

The NRC staff reviewed the Cooper Nuclear Station 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 findings. The document was issued on April 6, 2010, as "Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Cooper Nuclear Station."

On September 1, 2010, the NRC staff issued the final "Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Cooper Nuclear Station."

In October 2010, the report "Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Cooper Nuclear Station" was issued as NUREG-1944.

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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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Project Managers for Cooper Nuclear Station

Cooper Nuclear Station PMs
License Renewal Tam Tran
License Renewal Bennett Brady
Lead Power Plant Fred Lyon

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, April 26, 2013