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Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Subsequent License Renewal for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3: Final Report (NUREG-1437, Supplement 10, Second Renewal)

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Manuscript Completed: January 2020
Date Published: January 2020

Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff prepared this final supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) as part of its environmental review of the Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Exelon) subsequent license renewal application, to renew the operating licenses for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3 (Peach Bottom, or Peach Bottom Units 2 and 3) for an additional 20 years. This final SEIS includes the NRC staff's evaluation of the environmental impacts of the subsequent license renewal as well as alternatives to subsequent license renewal. Alternatives to subsequent license renewal considered in this SEIS include: (1) a new nuclear power alternative, (2) a supercritical pulverized coal alternative, (3) a natural gas combined-cycle alternative, and (4) a combination alternative of natural gas combined-cycle, wind, solar, and purchased power. The NRC staff's recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of subsequent license renewal for Peach Bottom are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy-planning decisionmakers would be unreasonable. The NRC staff based its recommendation on the following:

  • the NRC's analysis and findings in NUREG-1437, "Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants"
  • the environmental report submitted by Exelon
  • the NRC staff's consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, and local government agencies
  • the NRC staff's independent environmental review
  • the NRC staff's consideration of public comments received during the scoping process and received during the comment period on the draft SEIS
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