Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, Unit 1 — Draft Report for Comment (NUREG-1437, Supplement 52)
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Manuscript Completed: February 2014
Date Published: February 2014
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
This draft 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 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, natural-gas-fired combined-cycle (NGCC) power plant; combination alternative of NGCC and wind farm; a coal-fired power plant; and not renewing the license (the no-action alternative).
The NRC’s preliminary 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 (GEIS),
- the Environmental Report (ER) submitted by FENOC,
- consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies,
- NRC staff’s own independent review, and
- NRC staff’s consideration of public comments received during the scoping process.