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Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Subsequent License Renewal for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 3 and 4 – Draft Report for Comment (NUREG-1437, Supplement 5, Second Renewal)

This publication has been issued for public comment. Comments will be accepted until May 20, 2019. To submit comments, please see Docket ID Number NRC-2018-0101.

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Manuscript Completed: March 2019
Date Published: March 2019

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 draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) as part of its environmental review of Florida Power & Light Company's subsequent license renewal application, to renew the operating licenses for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 3 and 4 (Turkey Point or Turkey Point Units 3 and 4) 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 plant, (2) a new natural gas combined-cycle power plant, and (3) the combination of a new natural gas combined-cycle power plant and new solar photovoltaic power generation. In addition to replacement power alternatives, this draft SEIS evaluates an alternative cooling water system to mitigate potential impacts associated with the continued use of the existing cooling canal system. The NRC staff's preliminary recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of subsequent license renewal for Turkey Point are not so great that preserving the option of subsequent 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 Florida Power & Light Company
  • 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 expiration 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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