United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Environmental Impact Statement for an Early Site Permit (ESP) at the Grand Gulf ESP Site (NUREG-1817) Final Report

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Manuscript Completed: March 2006
Date Published:
April 2006

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 environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared in response to an application submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) by System Energy Resources, Inc. (SERI) for an early site permit (ESP). The proposed action requested in SERI's application is for the NRC to (1) approve a site within the existing Grand Gulf Nuclear Station boundaries as suitable for the construction and operation of a new nuclear power generating facility, and (2) issue an ESP for the proposed site identified as the Grand Gulf ESP site co-located with the existing Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. This EIS includes the NRC staff's analysis that considers and weighs the environmental impacts of constructing and operating up to two new nuclear units at the Grand Gulf ESP site or at alternative sites, and mitigation measures available for reducing or avoiding adverse impact. It also includes the staff's recommendation to the Commission regarding the proposed action.

The staff's recommendation to the Commission related to the environmental aspects of the proposed action is that the ESP should be issued. The staff's evaluation of the safety and emergency preparedness aspects of the proposed action will be documented in a separate safety analysis report prepared in accordance with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 52.

This recommendation is based on (1) the application, including the environmental report, submitted by SERI; (2) consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies; (3) the staff's independent review; (4) the staff's consideration of comments related to the environmental review that were received during the public scoping process; and (5) the assessments summarized in this EIS, including the potential mitigation measures identified in the environmental report and this EIS. In addition, in making its recommendation, the staff concluded that there are no environmentally preferable or obviously superior sites.

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