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Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 2 and 3 (NUREG-1930, Volumes 1 & 2)

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Maunscript Completed: October 2009
Date Published: November 2009

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This safety evaluation report (SER) documents the technical review of the Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 2 and 3 (IP2 and IP3), license renewal application (LRA) by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff (the staff). By letter dated April 23, 2007, and as supplemented by letters dated May 3 and June 21, 2007, Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., (Entergy or the applicant) submitted the LRA in accordance with Title 10, Part 54, of the Code of Federal Regulations, "Requirements for Renewal of Operating Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants." Entergy requests renewal of the IP2 and IP3 operating licenses (Facility Operating License Numbers DPR-26 and DPR-64, respectively) for-a period of 20 years beyond the current expirations at midnight on September 28, 2013, for IP2, and at midnight on December 12, 2015, for IP3.

Indian Point is located approximately 24 miles north of the New York City boundary line. The NRC issued the construction permits on October 14, 1966, for IP2, and on August 13, 1969, for IP3. The NRC issued the operating licenses on September 28, 1973, for IP2, and on December 12, 1975, for IP3. IP2 and IP3 employ a pressurized water reactor design with a dry ambient containment. Westinghouse Electric-Corporation supplied the nuclear steam supply system and Westinghouse Development Corporation originally designed and constructed the balance of the plant with the assistance of its agent, United Engineers and Constructors. The licensed power output of each unit is 3216 megawatts thermal (MWt) with a gross electrical output of approximately 1080 megawatts electric (MWe).

On January 15, 2009, the staff issued an SER with Open Items Related to the License Renewal of Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 2 and 3, in which the staff identified 20 open items necessitating further review. This SER presents the status of the staff's review of information submitted through August 6, 2009, the cutoff date for consideration in this SER. The 20 open items that had been identified in the previous SER were resolved before the staff made a final determination on the LRA. SER Section 1.5 summarizes these items and their resolution. Section 6.0 provides the staff's final conclusion on its review of the IP2 and IP3 LRA.

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