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Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Crystal River Unit 3 Nuclear Generating Plant — Draft Report for Comment (NUREG-1437, Supplement 44)

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Manuscript Completed: May 2011
Date Published:
May 2011

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Abstract

This draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) has been prepared in response to an application submitted by Florida Power Corporation, doing business as Progress Energy Florida, Inc., to renew the operating license for Crystal River Unit 3 Nuclear Generating Plant (CR-3) for an additional 20 years.

This draft SEIS 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 supercritical coal-fired plant, a new natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant, a combination of alternatives that includes some natural gas-fired capacity and energy conservation, and not renewing the license (the no-action alternative).

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) preliminary recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for CR-3 are not great enough to deny the option of license renewal for energy-planning decisionmakers. This recommendation is based on: (1) the analysis and findings in NUREG-1437, Volumes 1 and 2, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants; (2) the environmental report submitted by Florida Power Corporation; (3) consultation with Federal, State, and local agencies; (4) the NRC’s environmental review; and (5) consideration of public comments received during the scoping process.

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