Combined License Applications for New Reactors

By issuing a combined license (COL), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) authorizes the licensee to construct and (with specified conditions) operate a nuclear power plant at a specific site, in accordance with established laws and regulations. A COL is valid for 40 years from the date of the Commission finding, under Title 10, Section 52.103 (g), of the Code of Federal Regulations [10 CFR 52.103(g)], that the acceptance criteria in the combined license are met. A COL can be renewed for an additional 20 years. The NRC expects to receive applications for new LWR facilities in a variety of projected locations throughout the United States.

In a COL application, the NRC staff reviews the applicant's qualifications, design safety, environmental impacts, operational programs, site safety, and verification of construction with ITAAC. The staff conducts its review in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act, NRC regulations, and the National Environmental Policy Act. All stakeholders (including the public) are given notice as to how and when they may participate in the regulatory process, which may include participating in public meetings and opportunities to request a hearing on the issuance of a COL.

COL Applications Received

The links in the table below provide information on the COL applications that the NRC has received to date. The activities associated with reviewing these applications are reflected in the individual links for docketed COL applications.

Proposed New Reactor(s) Design Design
Type
Applicant Status Application
Submittal
Date
Aurora - Oklo Application Aurora Non-Light Water Reactor (LWR) Oklo Power, LLC Denied 03/11/2020
Turkey Point, Units 6 and 7 AP1000 Large LWR Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) Issued* 06/30/2009
Fermi, Unit 3 ESBWR Large LWR Detroit Edison Company Issued* 09/18/2008
Levy Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2 AP1000 Large LWR Duke Energy Florida, LLC (DEF) Issued* 07/30/2008
Vogtle, Units 3 and 4 AP1000 Large LWR Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC) Issued* 03/28/2008
Virgil C. Summer, Units 2 and 3 AP1000 Large LWR South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) Issued* 03/27/2008
William States Lee III, Units 1 and 2 AP1000 Large LWR Duke Energy Issued* 12/13/2007
North Anna, Unit 3 ESBWR Large LWR Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) Issued* 11/27/2007
South Texas Project, Units 3 and 4 ABWR Large LWR Nuclear Innovation North America, LLC (NINA) Issued* 09/20/2007
Comanche Peak, Units 3 and 4 US-APWR Large LWR Luminant Generation Company, LLC (Luminant) Suspended 09/19/2008
Shearon Harris, Units 2 and 3 AP1000 Large LWR Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc. (PEC) Suspended 02/18/2008
Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant U.S. EPR Large LWR PPL Bell Bend, LLC Withdrawn 10/10/2008
Nine Mile Point, Unit 3 U.S. EPR Large LWR Nine Mile Point 3 Nuclear Project, LLC and UniStar Nuclear Operating Services, LLC (UniStar) Withdrawn 09/30/2008
River Bend Station, Unit 3 ESBWR Large LWR Entergy Operations, Inc. (EOI) Withdrawn 09/25/2008
Victoria County Station, Units 1 and 2 ESBWR Large LWR Exelon Nuclear Texas Holdings, LLC (Exelon) Withdrawn 09/03/2008
Callaway Plant, Unit 2 U.S. EPR Large LWR AmerenUE Withdrawn 07/24/2008
Grand Gulf, Unit 3 ESBWR Large LWR Entergy Operations, Inc. (EOI) Withdrawn 02/27/2008
Bellefonte Nuclear Station, Units 3 and 4 AP1000 Large LWR Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Withdrawn 10/30/2007
Calvert Cliffs, Unit 3 U.S. EPR Large LWR Calvert Cliffs 3 Nuclear Project, LLC and UniStar Nuclear Operating Services, LLC Withdrawn 07/13/2007


* This page only tracks an application until a license is issued. Once a license is issued, the license holder is tracked at Combined License Holders for New Reactors.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, September 28, 2022