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

This NUREG publication has been issued for public comment. Comments will be accepted until September 23, 2019. To submit comments, please see Docket ID Number NRC-2018-0130.

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Manuscript Completed: July 2019
Date Published: July 2019

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

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff prepared this draft 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 16 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 draft SEIS includes the NRC staff's preliminary 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 draft 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 preliminary 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

Comments on this draft SEIS should be filed no later than 45 days after the date on which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notice, stating that this draft SEIS has been filed with the EPA, is published in the Federal Register. Comments received after the end of the comment period will be considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration of late comments cannot be given.

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