United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2 - License Renewal Application

Renewed Licenses Issued on June 27, 2011

Photograph of Prairie Island 2

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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 04/15/08 04/15/08
Federal Register Notice (FRN) Published- Receipt & Availability 05/31/08 05/06/08
FRN Published - Acceptability/Opportunity for Hearing 06/13/08 06/17/08
FRN Published - Notice of Intent to Conduct Environmental Scoping 06/17/08 07/22/08
Public Meeting - Process Overview and Environmental Scoping 07/30/08 07/30/08
On-site Audit - Scoping & Screening Methodology 08/04/08 08/04/08
Deadline for Filing Hearing Requests and Petitions for Intervention 08/13/08 08/18/08
On-site Audit - Environmental 08/18/08 08/18/08
Environmental Scoping Period Ends 09/22/08 09/22/08
On-site Audit - Aging Management 09/08/08 09/08/08
Environmental Requests for Additional Information (RAIs) Issued 09/24/08 10/23/08
Environmental RAIs - Response Received 10/24/08 11/21/08
Safety RAIs - Issued 11/15/08 12/18/08
Safety RAI - Responses Received 12/14/08 01/20/09
Inspection - Regional 01/12/09 01/12/09
Public Exit Meeting - Regional Inspections 02/18/09 02/18/09
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) - Issued 11/16/09 11/16/09
EPA FRN Published - Availability / Comment on draft SEIS 11/27/09 11/27/09
End of draft SEIS Comment Period 01/30/10 01/30/10
Public Meeting - draft SEIS 12/16/09 12/16/09
Safety Evaluation Report (SER) with Open Items - Issued 06/07/09 06/04/09
Inspection - Final Optional TBD N/A
ACRS Subcommittee Meeting on SER with Open Items 07/07/09 07/07/09
SER with Open Items - Responses Received 08/07/09 08/21/09
SER - Issued 10/22/09 10/16/09
Final SEIS - Issued 04/29/11 05/13/11
EPA FRN Published - Availability of Final SEIS 05/2011 05/20/11
ACRS Full Committee Meeting on SER 12/03/09 12/03/09
Decision Director NRR - Approval (22 months if no hearing) 06/2011 06/27/11

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Environmental Impact Statement

NUREG-1437, "Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2 (NUREG-1437, Supplement 39) -- Final Report," was published in May 2011. This supplement documents the NRC staff's review of the environmental issues at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2, regarding the Northern State Power Co. 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 Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant 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 June 4, 2009, as "Safety Evaluation Report With Open Items Related to the License Renewal of Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Units 1 and 2". Subsequently, on October 16, 2009, the document, "Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2", was issued.

In August 2011, the staff published the final "Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Units 1 and 2" as NUREG-1960.

In August 2011, the staff issued Supplement 1 to NUREG-1960, "Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Units 1 and 2".

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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 Prairie Island, Units 1 and 2

Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Project Managers
License Renewal Rick Plasse
License Renewal Elaine Keegan
Lead Power Plant Tom Wengert

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, April 26, 2013