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Seabrook Station, Unit 1 - 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) 06/01/10 06/01/10
Publish Federal Register Notice (FRN) – LRA availability 06/14/10 06/16/10
Publish FRN – acceptance/rejection and opportunity for hearing 07/23/10 07/21/10
Publish FRN – intent to conduct environmental scoping 07/23/10 07/10/10
Public Meeting – License Renewal Overview and Environmental Scoping meeting 08/19/10 08/19/10
Deadline for filing hearing requests and petitions for intervention 09/20/10* 10/20/10
Environmental scoping period ends 09/21/10 09/21/10
Audit – Environmental 10/04/10 10/05/10
Issue draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) 08/2011 08/01/11
Publish FRN – draft SEIS available for comments 08/2011 08/12/11
Public Meeting – draft SEIS meeting 09/2011 09/15/11
End of draft SEIS comment period 11/2011 10/26/11
Issue safety evaluation report (SER) with open items 06/2012 06/08/12
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) Subcommittee meeting 07/2012 07/10/12
Issue draft supplement to the Seabrook Station (Seabrook) draft SEIS 04/2013 04/2013
Publish FRN – draft supplement to the Seabrook draft SEIS available for comments. 04/2013 04/2013
End of comment period on the draft supplement to the Seabrook draft SEIS 06/2013 06/2013
Issue Final SEIS 05/2015  
Proposed Second ACRS Subcommittee Meeting 06/2015  
Issue final SER 11/2015  
ACRS full committee meeting 01/2016  
Decision – Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation 03/2016  

* Extended to 10/20/10 for the State of New Hampshire, Beyond Nuclear, Friends of the Coast, the New England Coalition, the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League, and the New Hampshire Sierra Club per Order of the Secretary of the Commission.

Note: The Seabrook Station review schedule was revised as described in the letters below:

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Safety Evaluation Report

The NRC staff reviewed the Seabrook 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 preliminary findings. The document was issued on June 8, 2012, as "Safety Evaluation Report with Open Items Related to the License Renewal of Seabrook Station."

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Environmental Impact Statement

A supplement to NUREG-1437, “Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Seabrook Station (NUREG-1437, Supplement 46) Draft Report for Comment,” was published in April 2013.  This supplement to NUREG-1437, Supplement 46) Draft Report for Comment, includes the NRC staff evaluation of revised information provided by NextEra pertaining to the severe accident mitigation alternatives (SAMA) analysis for Seabrook.  In addition, the NRC is taking the opportunity to (1) update the Uranium Fuel Cycle section in light of recent U.S. Court of Appeals decisions and (2) to provide information on its analysis of new NEPA issues and associated environmental impact findings for license renewal. 

NUREG-1437, “Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Seabrook Station (NUREG-1437, Supplement 46) Draft Report for Comment,” was published in July 2011, and the comment period closed in October 2011. This supplement documents the NRC staff’s review of the environmental issues at Seabrook Station regarding the NextEra Energy Seabrook, 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), the environmental impacts of alternatives to the proposed action, and potential mitigative measures for reducing or avoiding adverse impacts. 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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Meeting to discuss the preliminary results of the environmental review for Seabrook Station.


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

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Project Managers for Seabrook Station, Unit 1

Seabrook Station, Unit 1 PMs
License Renewal (Safety) Rick Plasse
License Renewal (Environmental) Lois James
Lead Power Plant John Lamb

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