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Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2 — Final Report (NUREG-1437, Supplement 39)

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Manuscript Completed: May 2011
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May 2011

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Abstract

This supplemental environmental impact statement has been prepared in response to an application submitted by Northern States Power Co. to renew the operating licenses for Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2 for an additional 20 years.

This supplemental environmental impact statement includes the preliminary analysis that evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action.  Alternatives considered include replacement power from a new natural-gas-fired-combined cycle plant; combination including natural gas, wind, wood-fired generation; combination including one PINGP 1 and 2 unit, natural gas, and wind; and not renewing the licenses (the no-action alternative).

The preliminary recommendation is that the Commission determine that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2, are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy-planning decision makers would be unreasonable.

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