United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Public Involvement in Reactor License Renewal

As with any licensing activity, the public has an opportunity to participate in NRC's decision making process with regard to license renewal. Guidance for the review process is based not only on NRC views, but on industry experience as well. Furthermore, the expertise of technical organizations and professional societies was used, as appropriate, during the development of the license renewal process. The public, in general, is also encouraged to participate in the process through public meetings, and public comment periods on rules, renewal guidance, and other documents. In addition, the public has an opportunity to request a formal adjudicatory hearing if that party would be adversely affected by the renewal.

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Public Meetings

The public can keep abreast of NRC's reactor license renewal regulatory activities through a variety of open meetings, including commission meetings, advisory committee meetings, and staff meetings open to the public. For more information visit the About Meetings Open to the Public page.

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Documents Available for Comment

Please see Draft NUREG-Series Publications for Comment for documents concerning Reactor License Renewal that have been issued for public comment. These documents will be identified as supplements of NUREG-1437, "License Renewal Generic Environmental Impact Statement."

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Adjudicatory Process

The NRC conducts hearings on disputed matters involved in the re-licensing of nuclear reactors. The NRC regulations that govern the hearing process are in Rules of Practice for Domestic Licensing Proceedings and Issuance of Orders (Part 2 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Part 2)).

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For more information, see our Public Involvement and Hearings page.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Monday, August 12, 2013