Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Palisades Nuclear Plant (NUREG-1871)
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Manuscript Completed: September 2006
Date Published: January 2007
Division of License Renewal
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
This safety evaluation report (SER), documents the technical review of the Palisades Nuclear Plant (PNP) license renewal application (LRA) by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff (the staff). By letter dated March 22, 2005, Nuclear Management Company, LLC (NMC or the applicant) submitted the LRA in accordance with Title 10, Part 54, of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Part 54). NMC requests renewal of the operating license for Palisades Nuclear Plant (Facility Operating License Number DPR-20) for a period of 20 years beyond the current expiration date at midnight March 24, 2011.
PNP is located approximately five miles south of South Haven, Michigan. The NRC issued the construction permit for PNP on March 14, 1967, and the operating license on February 21, 1991. The plant's nuclear steam supply system consists of a pressurized water reactor (PWR-DRYAMB) with two closed loops. The nuclear steam supply system was supplied by Combustion Engineering and the balance of the plant was originally designed and constructed by Bechtel. PNP operates at a licensed power output of 2565 megawatt thermal, with a gross electrical output of approximately 767 megawatt electric.
This SER presents the status of the staff's review of information submitted to the NRC through July 5, 2006, the cutoff date for consideration in the SER. The staff identified no open items and one confirmatory item that had to be resolved before the staff could make a final determination on the application. Sections 1.5 and 1.6 of this report summarize these items. Section 6 provides the staff's final conclusion on the review of the PNP LRA.
The NRC Palisades license renewal project manager is Juan Ayala. Mr. Ayala may be reached at 301-415-4063. Written correspondence should be addressed to the Division of License Renewal, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.