United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Kewaunee Power Station - Final Report (NUREG-1437, Supplement 40)

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Manuscript Completed: July 2010
Date Published:
August 2010

Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation

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Abstract

This supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) has been prepared in response to an application submitted by Dominion Energy Kewaunee, Inc. (DEK) to renew the operating license for Kewaunee Power Station (KPS) for an additional 20 years.

This SEIS includes the analysis that evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. Alternatives considered include replacement power from new supercritical coal-fired generation and natural gas combined-cycle generation; a combination of alternatives that included natural gas combined-cycle generation, conservation/efficiency, wood-fired generation, and wind power; and not renewing the operating icense (the no-action alternative).

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for KPS are not great enough to deny the option of license renewal for energy-planning decision makers. This determination is based on: (1) the analysis and findings in the Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants (GEIS), NUREG-1437; (2) the Environmental Report submitted by DEK; (3) consultation with Federal, State, and local agencies; (4) the staff's own independent review; and (5) the staff's consideration of public comments received during the scoping process and draft SEIS comment period.

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