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Standard Review Plans for Environmental Reviews for Nuclear Power Plants: Environmental Standard Review Plan for New Site/Plant Applications (NUREG-1555, Initial ESRP)

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Environmental Standard Review Plans (ESRPs) are prepared for the guidance of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation staff responsible for environmental reviews for nuclear power plant. These documents are made available to the public as part of the Commission's policy to inform the nuclear industry and the general public of regulatory procedures and policies. ESRPs are not substitutes for regulatory guides or the Commission's regulations, and compliance with them is not required. The ESRPs are keyed to preparation of Environmental Reports for Nuclear Power Stations.

Published ESRPs will be revised periodically, as appropriate, to accommodate comments and to reflect new information and experience. Comments and suggestions for improvement will be considered and should be sent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

Manuscript Completed: October 1999
Date Published:
March 2000

Division of Regulatory Improvement Programs
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

This document provides guidance to the staff in implementing provisions of 10 CFR 51, "Environmental Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing and Related Regulatory Functions," related to new site/plant applications. It supersedes "Environmental Standard Review Plans for the Environmental Review of Construction Permit Applications for Nuclear Power Plants," NUREG-0555, issued in 1978. New technical issues—such as environmental justice and severe-accident mitigation design alternatives—and new licensing structures—such as early site permits, combined licenses, and license renewal—have raised the need for new regulatory guidance. Supplement 1 to this document should be used for review of environmental reports related to reactor operating license renewal.

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