Indian Point Timely Renewal
Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (Entergy) submitted a license renewal application for Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 2 & 3 (IP2 and IP3) in April 2007. Typically, the NRC staff takes about 18 to 24 months to review a reactor license renewal application. If a hearing on the application is granted, the process would be expected to lengthen to about 30 months. In the case of Indian Point, the hearing has taken longer than projected, in part due to the large number of issues raised by parties in the adjudicatory proceeding.
The NRC's timely renewal regulation, 10 CFR 2.109, implements a provision contained in Section 558 of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 558. Under that regulation, if a licensee submits a sufficient application for renewal at least five years before expiration of its current license, the request is considered "timely" and the facility is allowed to continue to operate under its existing license until the NRC completes its review and reaches a decision on the license renewal request.
The current operating licenses for IP2 and IP3 were set to expire at midnight on September 28, 2013, and December 12, 2015, respectively. Because the license renewal application remains under consideration, Entergy will be allowed to continue to operate IP2 and IP3 under its existing licenses, with certain modifications to its procedures and safety analyses that Entergy is making to assure continued safe operation during the timely renewal period.
By letter dated August 28, 2013, Entergy confirmed the implementation of all license renewal commitments for IP2 that were required to be complete prior to entry into timely renewal. The NRC inspected the implementation of these commitments on March 8, 2012; May 23, 2013; and September 12, 2013. Further, by letter dated September 26, 2013, Entergy confirmed that it had updated the IP2 Final Safety Analysis Report to incorporate the NRC-approved aging management programs developed for license renewal, thus making these changes enforceable. Similarly, Entergy confirmed in a letter dated September 28, 2015, that it had implemented all license renewal commitments for IP3 that were required to be complete prior to entry into timely renewal. The NRC inspected the implementation of these commitments on October 9, 2015. In addition, by letter dated October 1, 2015, Entergy confirmed that it had updated the IP3 Final Safety Analysis Report to incorporate the NRC-approved aging management programs developed for license renewal, thus making these changes enforceable.