Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Subsequent License Renewal for Point Beach Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2 - Draft Report for Comment (NUREG-1437, Supplement 23, Second Renewal)

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Manuscript Completed: November 2021
Date Published: November 2021

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff prepared this supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) as part of its environmental review of NextEra Energy Point Beach, LLC's (NextEra) application to renew the operating licenses for Point Beach Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2 (Point Beach) for an additional 20 years. This SEIS includes the NRC staff's evaluation of the environmental impacts of the license renewal and  alternatives to license renewal. Alternatives considered include: (1) a new nuclear alternative (a small modular reactor facility located at the Point Beach site); (2) a natural gas alternative (a natural gas combined-cycle facility located at the Point Beach site); (3) a combination alternative consisting of small modular reactor,  solar photovoltaic, and onshore wind facilities; and (4) the no-action alternative. The NRC staff's preliminary recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for Point Beach 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 analysis and findings in NUREG-1437, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants

  • the environmental report submitted by NextEra 

  • the NRC staff's consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, and local governmental agencies

  • the NRC staff's independent environmental review

  • the NRC staff's consideration of public comments received during scoping period

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