Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Duane Arnold Energy Center – Final Report (NUREG-1437, Supplement 42)

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Manuscript Completed: October 2010
Date Published: October 2010

Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation

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This supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) has been prepared in response to an application submitted by NextEra Energy Duane Arnold, LLC (formerly known as FPL Energy Duane Arnold, LLC) to renew the operating license for Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) for an additional 20 years.

This SEIS includes the analysis that evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. Alternatives considered include replacement power from a new supercritical coal-fired generation or a natural gas combined-cycle generation plant; a combination of alternatives that includes energy conservation/energy efficiency measures, natural gas-fired capacity, and a wind power component; and not renewing the operating license (the no-action alternative).

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for DAEC are not great enough to deny the option of license renewal for energy-planning decision-makers. This determination is based on: (1) the analysis and findings in the Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants (GEIS), NUREG-1437; (2) the Environmental Report submitted by the applicant; (3) consultation with Federal, State, tribal, and local agencies; (4) the staff's own independent review; and (5) the staff's consideration of public comments received during the scoping process and draft SEIS comment period.

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