Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station — Final Report (NUREG-1437, Supplement 43)
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Manuscript Completed: December 2010
Date Published: January 2011
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
This final supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) has been prepared in response to an application submitted by Arizona Public Service Company (APS) to renew the operating license for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station for an additional 20 years.
This final 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; natural gas combined-cycle generation; new nuclear generation; a combination of alternatives that includes natural gas combined-cycle generation, energy conservation, and solar; and not renewing the license (the no-action alternative).
The recommendation is that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission determined that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for PVNGS are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy-planning decision makers would be unreasonable. This recommendation is based on (1) the analysis and findings in the GEIS; (2) the Environmental Report submitted by APS; (3) consultation with Federal, State, and local agencies; (4) the NRC staff’s own independent review; and (5) the NRC staff’s consideration of public comments received during the scoping process.