Oconee Nuclear Station, Units 1, 2, and 3 – Subsequent License Renewal Application

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License Renewal Review Schedule

These schedules reflect work plans that are subject to change. Early completion of a milestone may affect the target date of future milestones. Subsequent meetings and comment periods may change based on the revised schedule. This work plan will be updated on a periodic basis. Please see the NRC Public Meetings Page or contact the below listed PM for the latest information on meetings and status.

On February 24, 2022, the NRC Commission issued two orders (CLI-22-02, and CLI-22-03) and Staff Requirements Memorandum, SECY-21-0066, "Rulemaking Plan for Renewing Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses – Environmental Review," that impact the subsequent license renewal of Oconee Units, 1, 2, and 3, among others.

On November 7, 2022, the licensee submitted “Subsequent License Renewal - Appendix E Environmental Report Supplement 2.” In response, the NRC issued a revised schedule (ML22094A190). Subsequently, the NRC revised the schedule as follows:

Milestone Scheduled Actual
Receive Subsequent License Renewal Application (SLRA) 06/2021 06/07/2021
Publish Federal Register Notice (FRN) – SLRA Availability 06/2021 06/25/2021
Publish FRN – Docketing Acceptance/Rejection and Opportunity for Hearing 07/2021 07/28/2021
Publish FRN – Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping 08/2021 08/10/2021
Public Meeting – Overview of Subsequent License Renewal Process and Environmental Scoping 09/2021 08/25/2021
Environmental Scoping Period Ends 09/11/2021 09/11/2021
Deadline for Filing Hearing Requests and Petitions for Intervention 09/2021 09/27/2021
Issue Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) 01/2024 02/08/2024
Public Meeting – Draft SEIS Meeting 02/2024 02/21/2024

End of DSEIS Comment Period 03/2024 04/01/2024
Issue Safety Evaluation Report 12/2022 12/19/2022
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards Full Committee Meeting 02/2023 02/02/2023
Issue Final SEIS 08/2024  
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency FRN Published – Availability of Final SEIS 09/2024  
Decision – Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation 10/2024  

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Environmental Review

NUREG-1437, "Site-Specific Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants," Supplemental 2, Second Renewal, Regarding Subsequent License Renewal for Oconee Nuclear Station Units 1, 2 and 3, was published February 2024. This supplement documents the NRC staff's review of the environmental issues at the Oconee Power Station, Unit 1, 2 and 3 in support of its subsequent license renewal application of that facility. This draft environmental impact statement includes the staff's analysis that considers and weighs the environmental effects of the proposed action, the environmental impacts of alternatives to the proposed action, and alternatives available for reducing or avoiding adverse impacts. It also includes the staff's recommendation regarding the proposed action.

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Safety Evaluation

The NRC staff reviewed the Oconee Nuclear Station, Units 1, 2, and 3, subsequent license renewal application for compliance with the requirements of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 54, "Requirements for Renewal of Operating Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants" and prepared a safety evaluation to document its findings. The "Safety Evaluation Related to the Subsequent License Renewal of Oconee Nuclear Station, Units 1, 2, and 3," was issued on December 19, 2022.

Public Involvement

The public is encouraged to participate in the reactor license renewal process through public meetings, and public comment periods on rules, renewal guidance, and other documents. The Reactor License Renewal Public Involvement page provides general information to help the public participate.

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Project Managers for Oconee, Units 1, 2, and 3

Oconee PMs
License Renewal (Safety) Mark Yoo
License Renewal (Environmental) Lance Rakovan
Lead Power Plant Shawn Williams

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Monday, February 12, 2024