Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants, Regarding the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, Final Report (NUREG-1437, Supplement 52, Volume 1 and 2)
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Manuscript Completed: March 2015
Date Published: April 2015
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
This supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) has been prepared in response to an application submitted by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) to renew the operating license for Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, Unit No. 1, (Davis-Besse) 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 a new, natural-gas-fired combined-cycle (NGCC) power plant; combination alternative of NGCC, solar, wind, and compressed air energy storage; a coal-fired power plant; and not renewing the license (the no-action alternative).
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for Davis-Besse are not great enough to deny the option of license renewal for energy-planning decisionmakers. This recommendation is based on the following:
- analysis and findings in the generic environmental impact statement,
- the Environmental Report submitted by FENOC,
- consultation with Federal, state, Tribal, and local agencies,
- NRC staff's own independent review,
- NRC staff's consideration of public comments received during the scoping process, and
- NRC staff's consideration of public comments received during the draft SEIS comment period.