United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Palo Verde - License Renewal Application

Renewed Licenses Issued on April 21, 2011

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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) 12/15/08 12/15/08
Publish Federal Register Notice (FRN) - LRA availability 01/10/09 01/21/09
Publish FRN - acceptance/rejection and opportunity for hearing 05/15/09 05/15/09
Publish FRN - environmental scoping meeting 05/26/09 05/26/09
Public Meeting - License Renewal Overview and Environmental Scoping meeting 06/25/09 06/25/09
Deadline for filing hearing requests and petitions for intervention 07/15/09 07/15/09
Environmental scoping period ends 07/27/09 07/27/09
Audit – Scoping & Screening Audit Methodology 10/19/09 10/19/09
Audit – Environmental 10/26/09 10/26/09
Audit – Aging Management Programs 12/07-11/09 12/07-11/09
Issue draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) 08/12/10 08/12/10
Publish FRN - draft SEIS available for comments 08/23/10 08/20/10
Public Meeting - draft SEIS meeting 09/15/10 09/15/10
End of draft SEIS comment period 10/29/10 10/29/10
Issue safety evaluation report (SER) with open items 07/30/10 08/06/10
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) Subcommittee meeting 09/08/10 09/08/10
Issue final SEIS 01/11/11 01/03/11
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency FRN Published - availability of final SEIS 01/24/11 01/21/11
Issue final SER 12/17/10 01/11/11
ACRS full committee meeting 02/10/11 02/10/11
Decision – Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (22 months if no hearing) 04/21/11 04/21/11 

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Environmental Impact Statement

NUREG-1437, "Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Units 1, 2, and 3 (NUREG-1437, Supplement 43)Final Report," was published in January 2011. This supplement documents the NRC staff's review of the environmental issues at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Units 1, 2, and 3, regarding the Arizona Public Service Company 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 preliminary recommendation regarding the proposed action.

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Safety Evaluation Report

The NRC staff reviewed the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Units 1, 2, and 3, 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 August 6, 2010, as "Safety Evaluation Report with Open Items Related to the License Renewal of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Units 1, 2, and 3."

Subsequently, on January 11, 2011, the document "Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station, Units 1, 2, and 3" was issued.

In April 2011, the staff published the final "Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Units 1, 2, and 3" as NUREG-1961.

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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.

Date Description
09/15/10

Meeting to discuss the preliminary site-specific results of the license renewal environmental review for Palo Verde Nuclear Station.

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Project Managers for Palo Verde

Palo Verde Station PMs
License Renewal - Safety Lisa Regner
License Renewal - Environmental David Drucker
Lead Power Plant Lauren Gibson

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